International Forum on Biosecurity held in Budapest in March 2008 and an international workshop on biosecurity education to be held in the fall of 2009. She represents the National Academy of Sciences on the Biosecurity Working Group of the InterAcademy Panel on International Issues, which also includes the academies of China, Cuba, the Netherlands (chair), Nigeria, and the United Kingdom. She managed a joint project with AAAS that has carried out a survey of AAAS members in the life sciences to provide some of the first empirical data about scientists’ knowledge of dual use issues and their attitudes toward their responsibilities to help mitigate the risks of misuse of scientific research.
From 2005-2008 Dr. Husbands was a senior project director with the Academies’ Program on Development, Security, and Cooperation where, along with her work on international security, she was staff director for a USAID-sponsored report, Improving Democracy Assistance: Building Knowledge through Evaluations and Research (2008). From 1991-2005 she was the Director of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) of the National Academy of Sciences and its Working Group on Biological Weapons Control. In 1998-99 she also served as the first Director of the Program on Development, Security, and Cooperation in the Academies’ Office of International Affairs. From 1986-91 she was Director of the Academies’ Project on Democratization and a Senior Research Associate for its Committee on International Conflict and Cooperation. Before joining the National Academies, she worked for several Washington, DC-based nongovernmental organizations focused on international security.
Dr. Husbands is currently an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, where she teaches a course on the International Arms Trade. She is a member of the Advisory Council of Women in International Security, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade of the World Economic Forum, and the editorial board of International Studies Perspectives. She is also a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in International Public Policy (International Economics) from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Dr. Jay B. Labov is senior staff member of the National Research Council’s Center for Education. In this capacity, Dr. Labov leads an institution-wide effort to leverage the National Academies’ work in education by helping to make more deliberate connections between the work of the Center for Education, the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the program units of the National Research Council. He is the principal liaison on education activities between the program units of the National Academies and its Office of Communications, with the goal of enhancing communication with outside stakeholders about the Academies’ work in education and the public’s understanding of science and technology. He also has been the study director for several NRC reports, Evaluating and Improving Undergraduate Teaching in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology (2003); Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science