NOVA Online: Bioterror

The NOVA Online: Bioterror website is a companion to the November 2001 NOVA program “Bioterror” which follows three New York Times reporters seeking information on biological weapons and the threat they pose. The site provides information on the history of biological warfare, biodefense, and the biological weapons programs of 20 countries. Also included are interviews with three individuals involved in the former biological weapons programs of the US and Soviet Union. A teacher’s guide provides activities for teaching the information to students in grades 5-8 and grades 9-12. The NOVA website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH out of Boston, MA.


NSABB Dual Use Research Program

The Dual Use Research Program is a focal point for the development of policies addressing life sciences research that yield information or technologies with the potential to be misused to threaten public health or other aspects of national security.

NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities

Online Graduate Certificate Program in Laboratory and Biological Safety

The University of Massachusetts is now offering a unique 12 credit (4 course) Online Graduate Certificate in Laboratory and Biological Safety designed to introduce the principles of identification, evaluation and control of biological and laboratory hazards. This program is geared toward scientists responsible for biological and/or laboratory safety, practicing occupational and environmental hygienists or biosafety officers and those interested in embarking upon a career in biological and/or laboratory safety.   Read More »

Pandemics and Bioterrorism: from Realistic Threats to Effective Policies

The Combating Bioterrorism / Pandemics: Implementing Policies for Biosecurity course is a 3 day summer professional course offered by the Security Studies Program at MIT. The threats of bioterrorism and global pandemics pose new challenges for public health, law enforcement and national security agencies. All these agencies face new biosecurity priorities, including learning to collaborate with each other. Yet agencies have deeply embedded professional norms and organizational cultures, which resist change. MIT experts and affiliates explore the obstacles to implementation and strategies to overcome them.

MIT Security Studies Program

Should’ve -a play by Roald Hoffmann

“Scientists are not born with ethics, nor is science ethically neutral,” says Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. At The King’s Centre for Visualization in Science, we help students, teachers, and the public see and understand ethical dimensions to scientific work. Current projects provide web materials for an IUPAC project that raises awareness of the multiple ways humans use chemicals and for Roald Hoffmann’s play ‘Should’ve.’ The play tells the story of the aftermath of a prominent chemist’s suicide and uses the interactions of three people close to him to examine dual-use research and the ethics of science and art.

The King's Center for Visualization in Science - Ethics in Science Project
  • July 12, 2010