- By Diane Frank
- Jun 03, 2002
The quasi-governmental agencies in the National Academies — the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council — will address 10 areas in a counterterrorism study expected to be released in June.
Those areas are:
* How to enhance the connectivity between the government and the science and technology community.
* The effect of the threat of terrorism on scientists and universities and the implications for research, open scientific communication, and accessibility to and tracking of foreign students.
* How to improve research standards and practices to prevent misuse of biotechnology research.
* How to improve national cybersecurity through research.
* How to protect Americans' privacy and civil liberties as personal information is increasingly collected and analyzed.
* What immediate steps can reduce the risk of nuclear weapons or materials falling into the hands of terrorists.
* How to address the threat of biological attack and ensure adequate detection, response and recovery capabilities.
* The main threats and appropriate responses regarding agricultural terrorism.
* Possible new sensor technologies to enhance the security of U.S. aviation systems and how to secure all transportation systems.
* The motives, sociology and psychology of terrorist activity against the United States.