National Academies advisory: April 25 Symposium on Forensic Evidence

At this public symposium, which will take place during the 143rd annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, a panel of experts will discuss the impact of scientific approaches to validating evidence -- such as fingerprints, DNA, photographs, and memory -- on the U.S. justice system. Speakers will also examine the basic science underlying forensic technologies and the possibility of developing national standards in this field. The session will be moderated by WILLIAM WEBSTER, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


  • SIMON COLE, assistant professor, department of criminology, law and society, University of California, Irvine, will discuss fingerprints as evidence.

  • HANY FARID, associate chair and professor, department of computer science, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., will discuss images as evidence.

  • ELIZABETH LOFTUS, distinguished professor, department of psychology and social behavior; department of criminology, law, and society, and department of cognitive sciences, University of California, Irvine, will discuss memory as evidence.

  • KATHRYN ROEDER, professor of statistics, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, will discuss the science of DNA evidence.

DETAILS: Tuesday, April 25, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the National Academies building, 2100 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public, but those who wish to attend must register online at www.nasonline.org/forensic-science. Reporters who wish to attend must register online or call Maureen O'Leary at 202-334-2138. For more about the annual meeting visit http://www4.nationalacademies.org/news.nsf/isbn/03022006?OpenDocument


Contact: Maureen O'Leary
The National Academies

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