Visa Information & Resources
Info on Biosecurity & Bioterrorism
Science and Security Policy Info
Training Resources for Scientists
Visa Information and Resources
The official, U.S. government single source website for visa information. Includes basic visa information, frequently asked questions and links to downloadable forms related to visas and immigration.
Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa Wait Time
Links to worldwide U.S. consulates, providing updated information on how long it will take to schedule an appointment for an interview to apply for a visa, as well as processing times for various types of visas.
Department of Homeland Security US-VISIT Program
Information on the entry/exit system that requires all non-immigrant U.S. visa holders to be fingerprinted and photographed. The site includes a fact sheet, press releases, and frequently asked questions.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Excellent resource for those looking to study in the U.S., provides links to updated visa information and opportunities to get involved in grassroots action on visa and international education issues.
Information on Biosecurity and Bioterrorism
This website, maintained by the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, includes links to up to date information aimed at biomedical researchers, the public and the media, including research findings, fact sheets, and the latest on the federal biodefense effort.
National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity
Recently created government advisory board set up to deal with ‘dual use’ issues related to federally funded research. Site includes links to webcasts and transcripts of meetings and information about the members of the NSABB.
Select Agents Registration The U.S. government regulates the possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture. Forms and information on regulating select agents may be found at those sites.
Biotechnology Research in an Age of Terrorism A report by the National Research Council examining biological research in the context of national security concerns. Makes a series of policy recommendations to balance the need for safety and security with protecting the medical research enterprise.
Center for Biosecurity Based at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, the center provides updated scientific and policy information related to biosecurity issues, including infectious diseases, bioweapons and biodefense.
Science and Security Policy Information
AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy
Serves as a clearinghouse of information to allow policymakers working on security issues to have ready access to the best scientific facts. The Center is guided by the over-arching goal of advancing the integration of science and public policy for national and international security. It approaches that goal by establishing communication links among scientists, policy analysts and policymakers.
Science and National Security in the Post-9/11 Environment
Gives an overview of five major security-related issues facing the scientific community and links to related projects at other organizations. Also provides a contact page for individuals to report ways in which they or their colleagues have been affected by post-9/11 security policies.
National Academies of Sciences
This white paper provides information on the historical balance of science and security and the policy issues involved in maintaining that balance.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
CSIS has a series of ongoing projects related to science, technology and homeland security. Their site includes links to useful background papers on science and security as well as links to upcoming and past events related to these issues, which include transcripts.
Training Resources for Scientists
The Dual Use Dilemma in Biological Research
Developed by the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infections, this online module is designed to assist those involved with the biological sciences in better understanding the “dual-use” dilemma inherent in such research. The module consists of a ~20 minute online presentation followed by a brief assessment. Funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Biosecurity Oversight and Codes
Assembled by the international Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, this site provides an active resource of global information on oversight mechanisms - particularly codes-of-conduct for the biosciences research community – to help advance these efforts and promote responsible oversight of the biosciences.
Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories
Produced by the CDC, this book provides guidance for labs working with potential pathenogenic or toxic research. Available in pdf or html formats.
Federation of American Scientists (FAS)
FAS is developing interactive teaching curricula to promote awareness of biosecurity issues among biologists. They are currently seeking biosecurity case examples.