Late in 2005,
Congress passed in the Science, State, Commerce and Justice appropriations
act, PL 109-108, a public service earmark. The mandate requested
the U. S. Department of Justice to fund, upon application and review,
an expansion of the science and technology resource judge program
to all United States jurisdictions.
ASTAR received an award
from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs,
US DOJ in the last quarter of 2006 to implement the mandate.
Invitations were sent
to every State Judiciary in December, 2006 and judges were enrolled
through mid-February 2007. Federal courts were invited through the
four regional science and technology "boot-camps" established
Spring and Summer in Annapolis, Chapel Hill, Seattle and Columbus.
39 jurisdictions and
144 judges enrolled in the program's Platform A boot camps. 215
judges accepted ASTAR's invitation to attend the National Judges'
Science School at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine -
Neuroscience and Bio-Behavioral Technologies - October 5-7 2007.
The national program
is well described in a Frequently-Asked Questions document available
by email attachment from ASTAR.
Its elements are simple:
- 120 hours learning
the terms of reference of court-related science and technology
evidence and issues
- A new applications
module comprised of on-line case conferences and judicial education
- A new method of creating
Chambers-based science reference desk books
- Election, upon completion,
as ASTAR Fellows, the gateway to Platform B's advanced judicial
The program is led by
an unsurpassably talented group of science advisors, whose jobs
are much more complex than the program's simple elements might imply.
We are grateful to each and recognize in this web site only a leading
MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins University), J. P. Evans, MD, PhD (University
of North Carolina), A. E. Guttmacher, MD (Genome Research Institute,
NIH), L.B. Jorde, Ph.D., University of Utah, G. L. Harris, PhD (Howard
University), T. C. Hazen, PhD (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory),
P. C. Kuszler, MD, JD (University of Washington), E. Stein, PhD
(Drug Abuse Institute, NIH), J.J. Valdes, PhD (U. S. Army), D.Vereen,
MD, MPH (Drug Abuse Institute, NIH), N. D. Volkow, MD (Drug Abuse
Institute, NIH) D.F. Wong, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins University)
U. S. Department of Justice
does not necessarily endorse the viewpoints expressed in this Web
The microbe's genome, an essential term of reference - courtesy
of the U.S. Department of Energy