Workshop Reports/Summaries

Although some Division-sponsored activities like workshops do not result in consensus reports, discussions at workshops and other events are often published in workshop summaries, websites, newsletters, and other formats to preserve and make publicly accessible the information or discussions from the event.

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Mesoscale Chemistry: A Workshop Report (2015)

In the last few decades great strides have been made in chemistry at the nanoscale, where the atomic granularity of matter and the exact positions of individual atoms are key determinants of structure and dynamics. Less attention, however, has been paid to the mesoscale - it is at this scale, in the range extending from large molecules (10 nm) through viruses to eukaryotic cells (10 microns), where interesting ensemble effects and th... More >>

Potential Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research: Summary of a Workshop (2015)

Gain-of-function (GOF) research aims to improve understanding of disease pathways by modifying the ability of an infectious agent to cause disease. The potential benefits of such modifications are to help find targets for vaccines and drugs as well as provide information that can help in surveillance for potentially pandemic strains. But concerns about biosafety and biosecurity risks are also part of current debates over GOF research on th... More >>

The Science of Responding to a Nuclear Reactor Accident: Summary of a Symposium (2014)

The topic of the 2014 Gilbert W. Beebe symposium was prompted by the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was initiated by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami off the northeast coast of Japan. This was the fourth major nuclear accident that has occurred since the beginning of the nuclear age some 60 years ago. The rarity of nuclear accidents and the limited amount of existing experiences that have bee... More >>

The Global Movement and Tracking of Chemical Manufacturing Equipment: A Workshop Summary (2014)

Concerns about the dual-use of chemical manufacturing equipment for the production of chemical warfare agents have led to the development of export-control regulations worldwide. But in recent years, the globalization of the chemical industry has made it more difficult to monitor the movement and use of chemical manufacturing equipment, and has made existing regulations and treaties less effective. Adapting to these changes will be necessary t... More >>

An All-of-Government Approach to Increase Resilience for International Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Events (2014)

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and high-yield Explosive (CBRNE) events have the potential to destabilize governments and create conditions that exacerbate violence or promote terrorism. Their occurrence and effects can trigger global repercussions, and they can quickly overwhelm the infrastructure and capability of the responders, especially in countries that do not have specialized resources for response. Effective response t... More >>