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Project Information


Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community


Project Scope:

Congress called for the creation of an independent forensic science committee at the National Academy of Sciences to: "(1) assess the present and future resource needs of the forensic science community, to include state and local crime labs, medical examiners, and coroners; (2) make recommendations for maximizing the use of forensic technologies and techniques to solve crimes, investigate deaths, and protect the public; (3) identify potential scientific advances that may assist law enforcement in using forensic technologies and techniques to protect the public; (4) make recommendations for programs that will increase the number of qualified forensic scientists and medical examiners available to work in public crime laboratories; (5) disseminate best practices and guidelines concerning the collection and analysis of forensic evidence to help ensure quality and consistency in the use of forensic technologies and techniques to solve crimes, investigate deaths, and protect the public; (6) examine the role of the forensic community in the homeland security mission; (7) examine the interoperability of Automated Fingerprint Information Systems; and (8) examine additional issues pertaining to forensic science as determined by the Committee."

The study is sponsored by the National Institute of Justice.

The approximate start date is September 1, 2006.

A report will be issued at the end of the study.

Update 2-7-08: A report will be issued at the end of the project in Summer, 2008.

Update 10-29-08: The project duration has been extended. The report is expected to be issued by February 2009.

Update 1-22-09: The report is expected to be issued in mid to late February 2009.

Status: Completed

PIN: STLP-Q-06-03-A

Project Duration (months): 16 month(s)

RSO: Mazza, Anne-Marie

Topic(s):

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Biology and Life Sciences
Education
Math, Chemistry, and Physics
Policy for Science and Technology



Geographic Focus:
Global

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 12/28/2006

Harry T. Edwards - (Co-Chair)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

HARRY T. EDWARDS is Senior Circuit Judge, Chief Judge Emeritus, United States Court
of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit by President Carter in 1980. He served as Chief Judge from September 15, 1994 until July 16, 2001. Before joining the bench, Judge Edwards practiced law in Chicago from 1965 to 1970. Between 1970 and 1980, he was a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and at Harvard Law School.

Judge Edwards graduated from Cornell University, B.S., 1962, and the University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1965, with distinction. He was a member of the Michigan Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif.

His positions have included Chairman of the Board of Directors of AMTRAK; Board of Directors of the National Institute for Dispute Resolution; Executive Committee of the Order of the Coif; Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools, and Chairman of the Minority Groups Section; Vice President of the National Academy of Arbitrators; and the President's National Commission on International Women's Year. He has also received a number of awards for outstanding service to the legal profession and numerous Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees.

His memberships include: American Law Institute; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Judicature Society; American Bar Foundation; American Bar Association; and Supreme Court Historical Society. He is also a teacher/mentor at the Unique Learning Center in Washington, D.C., a volunteer program established to assist disadvantaged inner-city youth.

Judge Edwards is the co-author of four books, and he has published scores of law review articles dealing with labor law, equal employment opportunity, labor arbitration, higher education law, alternative dispute resolution, federalism, judicial process, comparative law, legal ethics, judicial administration, legal education, and professionalism.

Since joining the bench, he has taught at numerous law schools, including Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and NYU, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1990.

Constantine Gatsonis - (Co-Chair)
Brown University

CONSTANTINE GATSONIS joined the Brown faculty in 1995 and became the founding Director of the Center for Statistical Sciences. Dr. Gatsonis is a leading authority on the design and analysis of clinical trials of diagnostic and screening modalities and has extensive involvement in methodologic research in medical technology assessment and in health services and outcomes research. He is Group Statistician of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), an NCI-funded collaborative group conducting multi-center studies of diagnostic imaging and image-guided therapy for cancer. In his ACRIN work, Dr. Gatsonis is the chief statistician of the Digital Mammography Imaging Screening Trial (a national study comparing digital to film mammography) and is also the chief statistician for ACRIN's arm of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). Dr Gatsonis was the lead statistician of the International Breast MRI Consortium and of the Radiologic Diagnostic Oncology Group (RDOG).

Dr. Gatsonis has served on numerous review and advisory panels, including the HSDG Study Section of the Agency for Health Care Policy Research, panels of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of FDA, the Commission of Technology Assessment of the American College of Radiology, Data Safety and Monitoring Boards for NINDS and the VA, the Immunization Safety Review Committee of the Institute of Medicine. He is a member of the steering group of the STARD project (Standards for Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy), which recently published the first comprehensive checklist for reporting the results of diagnostic test evaluations. He is also co-convenor of the Screening and Diagnostic Tests Methods Working Group of the Cochrane Collaboration and a member of the steering group of the Cochrane Diagnostic Reviews initiative, which is developing the methodologic and organizational infrastructure for the inclusion of systematic reviews of diagnostic accuracy in the Cochrane Library.

Dr. Gatsonis is the founding editor-in-chief of Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology and serves as a deputy editor of Academic Radiology and a member of the editorial board of Clinical Trials. Previous editorial experience includes membership of the editorial board of Statistics in Medicine and Medical Decision Making . Dr Gatsonis was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Association for Health Services Research.

Margaret A. Berger
Brooklyn Law School

MARGARET BERGER received her A.B. from Radcliffe College and J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Professor Berger is widely recognized as one the nation’s leading authorities on evidentiary issues, in particular DNA evidence, and is a frequent lecturer across the country on these topics. She is the recipient of the Francis Rawle Award for outstanding contribution to the field of post-admission legal education by the American Law Institute/American Bar Association for her role in developing new approaches to judicial treatment of scientific evidence and in educating legal and science communities about ways to implement these approaches. Professor Berger recently completed her service as a member of the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence as the Reporter for the Working Group on Post-Conviction Issues. She has been called on as a consultant to the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government, and served as the Reporter to the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence. She is the author of numerous amicus briefs, including the brief for the Carnegie Commission on the admissibility of scientific evidence in the landmark case of Daubert v. Merrell Pharmaceutical, Inc. She has also contributed chapters to both editions of the Federal Judicial Center’s Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence (1994, 2000). Her textbook, Evidence: Cases and Materials (9th ed. 1991)(with Weinstein, Mansfield and Abrams), is a leading evidence casebook. Professor Berger has been a member of the Brooklyn Law School faculty since 1973. Her past service on National Academies committees includes (1) Committee on Tagging Smokeless and Black Powder, and (2) Committee on DNA Technology in Forensic Science: An Update. She currently serves as a member of the National Academies Committee on Science, Technology, and Law.
Joe S. Cecil
The Federal Judicial Center

JOE S. CECIL directs the Federal Judicial Center's Program on Scientific and Technical Evidence. As part of this program he is responsible for judicial education and training in the area of scientific and technical evidence and serves as principal editor of the Center’s Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, which is the primary source book on evidence for federal judges. He has also published several articles on the use of court-appointed experts. He is currently directing a research project that examines the difficulties that arise with expert testimony in federal courts, with an emphasis on clinical medical testimony and forensic science evidence. Other areas of research interest include federal civil and appellate procedure, jury competence in complex civil litigation, and assessment of rule of law in emerging democracies. Dr. Cecil serves on the editorial boards of social science and legal journals and on the National Academies. He received his Ph.D. and J.D. from Northwestern University.
M. B. Denton
University of Arizona

M. BONNER DENTON received his Bacheor's of Science and Bachelors of Arts in 1967 from Lamar State College of Technology. In 1972 he received his Ph.D from the University of Illinois. Dr. Denton is a recipient of the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award in Spectrochemical Analysis, 2001; The Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, 1998; University of Arizona Excellence in Teaching Award, 1993; and the SAS Lester Strock Award, 1991. Dr. Denton is a Galileo Fellow for the College of Science at the University of Arizona, 2004, and Royal Society of Chemistry Theophilus Redwood Lecturer, 2004. His research Interests include analytical chemistry, instrumentation, materials synthesis and characterization, bioorganic and natural products, gas phase structure, and spectroscopy.

Marcella Fierro
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia

MARCELLA FIERRO was appointed chief medical examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1994. She co-directs the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, offering week-long courses on topics such as advanced death investigation to medical examiners, crime scene investigators, judges, law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, forensic scientists, nurses, and others working in forensic science.

Marcella Fierro, graduated cum laude in biology from D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, and decided to become a physician in 1962. She earned her doctor of medicine in forensic pathology from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1966. Following an internship and residency at Ottawa Civic Hospital in Ontario, Canada, Dr. Fierro pursued residencies in pathology at the Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic Educational Foundation and at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she became chief resident in Pathology, with a fellowship in forensic pathology in the Department of Legal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond from 1973 to 1974. With board certification in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Dr. Fierro became chief medical examiner of Virginia, the state's highest position in forensic science, in 1994.

Dr. Fierro has been on the faculty of the Department of Legal Medicine and Pathology at the Medical College of Virginia Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University since 1973, and was clinical professor of pathology at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, from 1983 to 1992 and again in 1999 to 2002. She was staff pathologist at Richmond's Medical College of Virginia Hospitals from 1975 to 1992, then professor of Pathology at East Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville from 1992 to 1994. She is a member of the American Medical Association and the International Association for Identification, a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the College of American Pathologists, and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, among others, and is a past president of the National Association of Medical Examiners. Dr. Fierro has been a consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Task Force on National Crime Investigation Center, Unidentified Persons and Missing Persons Files, Washington D.C., since 1983, and has served on the board of editors and been a reviewer for The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology since 1979. She has made countless presentations and lectures before academic and professional organizations and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. Among her many awards is the Lifetime Achievement Award she received in 2001 from the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Medical Alumni Association, State University at Buffalo.

Dr. Fierro has appeared on the Discovery Channel's “New Detectives” series and on BBC regarding Cornwell's novel From Potter's Field. Dr. Fierro advised Cornwell on all her Scarpetta books, including Postmortem, Body of Evidence, All that Remains, Cruel and Unusual, Body Farm, and From Potter's Field.

Karen Kafadar
University of Colorado at Denver

KAREN KAFADAR is Professor of Statistics and Chancellor's Scholar in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Preventive Medicine & Biometrics at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. She received her B.S. (Mathematics) and M.S. (Statistics) from Stanford and her Ph.D. from Princeton (Statistics) under John Tukey.

Her research focuses on robust methods, data analysis, and characterization of uncertainty in the physical, chemical, biological, and engineering sciences. Previous appointments include National Institute of Standards and Technology (where she continues her work presently as Guest Faculty Visitor on problems involving measurement accuracy, experiment design and analysis, and standard reference materials), Hewlett Packard Company (R&D laboratory for RF/Microwave test equipment), and National Cancer Institute (Divison of Cancer Prevention, Cancer Screening Section). At University of Colorado, she directs the Statistical Consulting Service, collaborates with researchers in the School of Medicine, and teaches courses in applied and theoretical statistics. She has served on several editorial review boards as Editor or Associate Editor and on governing boards for the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the International Statistical Institute. Dr. Kafadar is a Fellow of the ASA and has authored over 70 journal articles and book chapters and has advised numerous M.S. and Ph.D. students.

Peter M. Marone
Virginia Department of Forensic Science

PETE M. MARONE is the Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Forensic Sciences. He joined the Department in 1978 and served as Central Laboratory Director from 1998 until 2005, when he was named Director of Technical Services. Mr. Marone began his forensic career at the Allegheny County Crime Laboratory in 1971 and remained in Pittsburgh until 1978.

Mr. Marone is a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists, International Association for Chemical Testing and the Forensic Science Society.

He also has served on the ASCLD DNA Credential Review Committee (for DNA) and was co-chair of the undergraduate curriculum committee of the Technical Working Group for Forensic Science Training and Education. Marone is currently the Chair of the ASCLD-LAB Board, the Forensic Education Program Accreditation Commission for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is on the board of Directors of the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations.

Mr. Marone received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.

Geoffrey Mearns
Cleveland State University

GEOFF MEARNS was appointed dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University on July 11, 2005. Prior to that he was a partner in the Cleveland offices of two national law firms: Baker & Hostetler LLP and Thompson Hine LLP. While at Baker & Hostetler, he was head of the firm’s national Business Crimes and Corporate Investigations team, and his practice focused on federal criminal investigations and prosecutions and complex commercial litigation. While in private practice, he was also actively involved in pro bono work.

Prior to commencing private practice in 1998, Dean Mearns had a distinguished nine-year career as a prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice. During his tenure with the Justice Department, he was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where he was Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. In that position, he was responsible for investigating, prosecuting and supervising cases against members and associates of organized-crime families charged with racketeering, murder, extortion, bribery, and obstruction of justice. Dean Mearns was also the First Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. From 1997 to 1998, as Special Assistant to the United States Attorney General, Dean Mearns participated in the prosecution of Terry Nichols, one of two men convicted for bombing the Oklahoma City Federal Building.

Dean Mearns received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1981, and he received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1987. After graduating from law school, Dean Mearns clerked for the Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Dean Mearns has been active in professional and community service. Among other activities, he was twice Chair of the Merit Selection Committee on Bankruptcy Judgeships for the Northern District of Ohio, he is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Applewood Centers, Inc., he is a member of the Lay Review Board of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, he is a trustee of the Cleveland Bar Association and of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland.

Dean Mearns has been an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and New York Law School. He has published articles on criminal litigation, and he is a frequent speaker and commentator on various criminal law issues, including counter-terrorism.

Randall S. Murch
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

RANDALL MURCH is the Associate Director, Research Program Development, Research Division, National Capital Region, Virginia Tech. He also holds Adjunct Professorships in the School of Public and International Affairs, College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is also a Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK.

Following graduate school and brief service in the U.S. Army Reserves, Dr. Murch’s first career was with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he was a Special Agent. He was assigned to the Indianapolis and Los Angeles Field Offices where he performed counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and other investigations. During his career, Dr. Murch was assigned to the FBI Laboratory as a forensic biologist, research scientist, department head, and deputy director at various times. Interdispersed with his Laboratory assignments were four assignments in the Bureau’s technical investigative program: as a program manager for complex operations planning, Intelligence Division; unit chief for a technology development and deployment group, Technical Services Division; squad supervisor, New York Field Office; and, deputy director, Investigative Technology Division (formally Technical Services Division). Between his last Laboratory assignment and his last technical investigative program assignment, he was detailed to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Department of Defense, where he was the director of the Advanced Systems and Concepts Office, where he led advanced studies on complex current and future challenges dealing with weapons of mass destruction. While in the FBI he created the FBI’s WMD forensic investigative program, served as the FBI’s science advisor to the 1996 Olympic Games, led forensic investigative aspects of a number of major terrorism cases, and initiated a number of new programs for both the FBI Laboratory and technical investigative program. In 1996, Dr. Murch created the FBI’s Hazardous Materials Response Unit, the nation’s focal point for the forensic investigation of WMD threats, events and hoaxes. Throughout his FBI career, he also was involved with extensive liaison at the national and international levels in furthering science and technology for law enforcement, counterterrorism, and national security purposes. He retired from the FBI in November 2002, after nearly 23 years of service.

From December 2002-December 2004, Dr. Murch was employed as a Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a leading Federally Funded Research and Development Center, where he led and participated in studies for the defense, intelligence, and homeland security communities. He is still an Adjunct Staff Member at IDA. He joined Virginia Tech in December 2004, where he now works in the areas of life science research program development, systems biology, microbial systems biology, microbial forensics, and biosecurity and university strategic planning. He has or still serves on several advisory boards including the Board of Life Sciences, National Research Council; DTRA’s Threat Reduction Advisory Committee; the Defense Intelligence Agency’s BioChem 2020; the FBI’s Scientific Working Group on Microbial Genomics and Forensics and a new standing committee of the National Academy of Science for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Biodefence Analysis and Countermeasures Center. He has also been a member of or advised study committees of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, Defense Science Board and Threat Reduction Advisory Committee.

Additional FBI experience includes: Forensic Serologist, FBI Laboratory, 1982 – 1987, forensic casework ca. 1000 cases of violent crime; ca. 100 testimonies, several dozen crime scenes, method development and publication, and teaching; Research Scientist, FBI Laboratory, 1987 – 1988, member of first forensic DNA analysis research team in the United States; Section Chief (Department Head), FBI Laboratory, 1995 – 1997, senior executive for one of the main forensic casework departments in the Laboratory (domestic and international responsibilities) and forensic science research program, ca 200 personnel, oversaw the response to and recovery from several investigations of the FBI Laboratory and accreditation by ASCLD-LAB; initiated and oversaw novel national program for the forensic investigation of weapons of mass destruction terrorism, senior manager overseeing FBI Lab support of a number of large domestic and international terrorism investigations and special events (e.g., 1996 Olympics in Atlanta); Deputy Assistant Director (Deputy Director), FBI Laboratory, 1997 – 1999, expanded responsibilities from above, senior executive over two departments, more personnel and casework, research and domestic/international liaison activities; and Field assignment with the FBI in Indianapolis, IN (1980), Los Angeles, CA (1981 – 1982) and New York, NY (1994 – 1995).

Dr. Murch is a member of American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 1984-1988, 1997-1999; American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, 1996-2001; Member and Board of Directors, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, 1997-2000; and National Institute of Justice DNA Proficiency Testing Panel, 1996-1998. He also served as the Designated Federal Employee on the DNA Advisory Board, 1996 – 1999.

Dr. Murch has extensive strategy, analysis and leadership experience in the design, development and implementation of advanced forensic capabilities for intelligence, counterterrorism and other national security applications and purposes.

Dr. Murch received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, his Master of Science degree in Botanical Sciences from the University of Hawaii in 1976 and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Plant Pathology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1979.

Channing R. Robertson
Stanford University

CHANNING ROBERTSON received his in B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University; and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, with an emphasis on fluid mechanics and transport phenomena, from Stanford University. Professor Robertson began his career at the Denver Research Center of the Marathon Oil Company and worked in the areas of enhanced oil recovery, geophysical chemistry, and polyurethane chemistry. Since 1970 he has been on the faculty of Stanford’s Department of Chemical Engineering. He has educated and trained over 40 Ph.D. students, holds seven patents, and has published over 140 articles. He is Director of the Stanford-NIH Graduate Training Program in Biotechnology. He was co-director of the Stanford initiative in biotechnology, known as BioX, which in part includes the Clark Center for Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. He directed the summer Stanford Engineering Executive Program. He received the 1991 Stanford Associates Award for service to the University, the 1991 Richard W. Lyman Award, and the Society of Women Engineers Award for Teacher of the Year 2000 at Stanford. He is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. Professor Robertson serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee on Tobacco Product Regulation (SATob) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Panel on Court-Appointed Scientific Experts (CASE) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Because of his interests in biotechnology, he has consulted widely in the design of biomedical diagnostic devices. He has also served as an expert witness in several trials, including the Copper-7 intrauterine contraceptive cases (U.S. and Australia), the Stringfellow Superfund case, and most recently the Minnesota tobacco trial.
Marvin Schechter
Private Practice

MARVIN SCHECHTER has been a solo practitioner, specializing in criminal defense matters before state, federal, and appeals courts, since 1994. Mr. Schecter also held several positions with the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense section. He is currently a member of board of directors, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, member of the New York Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as a member of the crimnal justice section of the NY State Bar Association. Mr. Schecter co-founded the Getting Out/Staying Out program that provides 18-22 year old inmates at Riker's Island Correctional Facility with the opportunity to earn a GED and receive job counseling, employment, and housing. He has taught at Hofstra University, Cardoza Law School, and Fordham University School of Law. He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Robert C. Shaler
Pennsylvania State University

ROBERT SHALER earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University. He worked with Dr. Kivie Moldave at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before joining Pitt's Pharmacy School faculty in the Medicinal Chemistry Department. About this same time, he began taking scientific sleuthing courses in the Department of Chemistry, a program taught by the scientific staff at the Pittsburgh Crime Laboratory.

Working as a criminalist at the Pittsburgh Crime Laboratory and also as a professor of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, he taught forensic chemistry while delving into the world of forensic science, performing drug analyses, crime scene investigations, court testimony, and administrating a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant to study the individualization of bloodstain evidence. The latter led him to The Aerospace Corporation, where he managed four NIJ forensic science contracts, one of which resulted in the development of a bloodstain analysis system, the defacto standard in forensic laboratories until the early 1990s.

The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner beckoned in 1978. He directed the forensic serology laboratory and performed and directed forensic biological analyses in all New York City homicide investigations. In 1986, he left New York City to join The Lifecodes Corporation, the nation's first forensic DNA laboratory.

In 1990, he returned to the Medical Examiner's office to establish the largest forensic biology department in the U.S. The laboratory embarked on an expansion program in 1997 that raised its scientific staff of nine to 110. In 2000, he designed a 13 story building, to be completed in 2006, that will see the scientific staff increase to over 500, have an annual caseload of 70,000, and will offer expanded forensic testing that will include forensic molecular pathology, crime reconstruction, and forensic neuroscience.

In the wake of the World Trade Center (WTC) attacks on September 11, 2001, he assumed the responsibility for identifying the 2749 people who perished. He designed, organized, and implemented the DNA testing strategy that became the cornerstone for the majority of the 1592 identified victims. After the Medical Examiner’s effort to identify the WTC victims paused, he accepted a professorship in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department and the directorship of the forensic science program at the Pennsylvania State University.

Jay A. Siegel
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

JAY A. SIEGEL is Professor and Director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis. Prior to this appointment, he was Director of the Forensic Science Program at Michigan State University where he retired after 25 years. Before that he was Professor of Chemistry at Metropolitan State College in Denver, CO. Prior to that appointment he spent three years as a forensic chemist with the Virginia Bureau of Forensic Sciences where he analyzed illicit drugs and trace evidence. Dr. Siegel has testified as an expert witness more than 200 times in seven states as well as Federal and Military courts.

Dr. Siegel is a Fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences where he was awarded the Paul Kirk Award for outstanding service to the Criminalistics section in 2005. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society, the Midwest Association of Forensic Scientists and the Forensic Science Society (UK). He is a member of the International Association for Identification and an Academic Affiliate member of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors.

Dr. Siegel is an active researcher in forensic science with many scientific publications. He currently serves as the principle investigator on a research grant from the National Institute of Justice on ink analysis, his second grant for this work. He is also the author of two textbooks in forensic science and is the editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences.

Sargur N. Srihari
State University of New York at Buffalo

SARGUR SRIHARI is a SUNY Distinguished Professor at the University of Buffalo in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He is the founding director of the Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR). He has supervised 30 completed doctoral dissertations. Dr. Srihari is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Library of Medicine. He is chairman of CedarTech, a corporation for university technology transfer.

Dr. Srihari has been general chairman of several international conferences and workshops as follows: Third International Workshop on Handwriting Recognition (IWFHR 93) held in Buffalo, New York in 1993, Second International Conference on Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR 95), in Montreal, Canada, 1995, Fifth ICDAR 99 held in Bangalore, India and Eighth IWFHR 2002 held in Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Srihari has served as chairman of TC-11 (technical committee on Text Processing) of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR). He is presently chair of the IAPR Publicity and Publications committee.

Dr. Srihari received a New York State/United University Professions Excellence Award for 1991. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineers (IETE, India) in 1992, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1995, and a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition in 1996. He was named a distinguished alumnus of the Ohio State University College of Engineering in 1999.

Dr. Srihari received a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from the Bangalore University in 1967, a B.E. in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1970, and a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University, Columbus in 1976.
Sheldon M. Wiederhorn
National Institute of Standards and Technology

SHELDON M. WIEDERHORN is a Senior NIST Fellow with the Material Science and Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His degrees are in chemical engineering with a B.S. from Columbia University, School of Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. A Fellow and Distinguished Life Member of ACerS, Wiederhorn received the Ross Coffin Purdy and the John Jeppson Awards. He is a member and past chair of the Basic Science Division and an editor of the Journal of The American Ceramic Society. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1991 for “outstanding advancements in the development and application of test methods and basic understanding of the mechanical properties of ceramics.
Ross Zumwalt
Office of the Medical Examiner for the State of New Mexico

ROSS E. ZUMWALT, M.D., Chief Medical Investigator of the State of New Mexico, received his undergraduate education from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He did a rotating internship and one year of pathology residency at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York. He then completed his pathology residency at the Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He received his forensic fellowship training at the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office. Dr. Zumwalt served in the United States Navy as director of laboratories at the Navy Regional Medical Center in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He spent two years as deputy coroner in Cleveland, Ohio, and six years as deputy coroner in Cincinnati, Ohio, before coming to the Office of the Medical Investigator in 1987. Dr. Zumwalt is certified in anatomic and forensic pathology by the American Board of Pathology. He was a trustee of the American Board of Pathology from 1993 to 2004. He is currently a member of the Residency Review Committee for Pathology.

Dr. Zumwalt has served as president of the National Association of Medical Examiners and is a member of the following professional organizations: The National Association of Medical Examiners; The American Academy of Forensic Sciences; College of American Pathologists; American Society of Clinical Pathologists; United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology; American Medical Association; and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Committee Membership Roster Comments

A change to the membership was made with the addition of Mr. Peter Marone, Director of Technical Services
Virginia Department of Forensic Science.

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Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Edwards
Gatsonis
Berger
Cecil
Denton
Fierro
Kafadar
Marone
Mearns
Murch
Schecter
Sharler
Siegel
Srihari
Wiederhorn
Zumwalt

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Final Draft Report and Reviewer Comments

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Final Draft Report and Reviewer Comments

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 24, 2008
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500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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Agenda
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
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Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Edwards
Gatsonis
Berger (conference call)
Cecil
Denton
Fierro
Kafadar
Marone
Mearns
Robertson
Schecter
Shaler
Srihari
Zumwalt

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

The draft report and the review process.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

The draft report

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
August 08, 2008
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Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Meeting

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NA

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Agenda
This meeting is closed in its entirety.
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Edwards
Gatsonis
Berger
Cecil
Denton
Fierro
Kafadar
Marone
Mearns
Murch
Robertson
Schecter
Shaler
Siegel
Srihari
Wiederhorn
Zumwalt

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Forensic Disciplines, Findings and Recommendations

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Draft chapters, findings and recommendations

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
March 26, 2008
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Steven Kendall
Contact Email:  skendall@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1713

Agenda
Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community
The National Academies
Keck Center
Room 100
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC
December 6, 2007
Agenda

OPEN SESSION

Thursday, December 6, 2007

7:45 Continental Breakfast

8:15 Welcome and Introductions

Harry T. Edwards and Constantine Gatsonis
Committee Co-chairs

8:30 Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis

Glenn Langenburg, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

9:15 Fingerprint Source Book

John Morgan, Office of Science and Technology, National Institute of Justice

9:45 International Association of Identification: Key Issues

Kenneth F. Martin, Crime Scene Services, Massachusetts State Police

10:15 Break

10:30 Forensic Science Issues at the US Secret Service

Vici Inlow, Forensic Services Division, US Secret Service
Deborah Leben, Forensic Services Division, US Secret Service

11:10 Contextual Bias

Itiel Dror, School of Psychology, University of Southampton

12:00 Lunch

1:00 The Coroner System

Michael Murphy, Los Vegas Office of the Coroner

1:50 Survey of Non-Traditional Forensic Service Providers

Tom Witt, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University

2:30 Comments from the Floor

3:00 Open Session Ends
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Edwards
Gatsonis
Berger
Cecil
Denton
Fierro
Kafadar
Marone
Mearns
Murch
Robertson
Schechter
Shaler
Siegel
Srihari
Wiederhorn
Zumwalt

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Previous day's presentations. Findings and Recommendations.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

List of questions.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 04, 2008
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center
314 Quissett Ave.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Anne-Marie Mazza
Contact Email:  amazza@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2469

Agenda
Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community
J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center
of the National Academy of Sciences
314 Quissett Avenue
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
September 20-21, 2007
Agenda

Thursday, September 20, 2007 – Main House, Room


OPEN SESSION

1:30 Lessons Learned From the Houston Police Department Investigation

Michael R. Bromwich, Independent Investigator
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
2:45 200 Exonerations: A Look at the Cases Involving Faulty Forensic Evidence

Brandon L. Garrett, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia
Peter Neufeld, Co-Director, The Innocence Project

4:00 Break

4:15 Ethics in Forensic Science

Peter D. Barnett, Partner, Forensic Science Associates

5:00 Reducing Error Rates: A New Institutional Arrangement for Forensic Science

Roger G. Koppl, Director, Institute for Forensic Science Administration
Fairleigh Dickinson University

6:00 Adjourn

Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community
J. Erik Jonsson Woods Hole Center
of the National Academy of Sciences
314 Quissett Avenue
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
September 20-21, 2007
Agenda


Friday, September 21, 2007

OPEN SESSION

7:45 Breakfast – Main House

8:15 Welcome and Introductions – Clark Carriage House

Harry T. Edwards and Constantine Gatsonis

8:20 The U.K. Forensics System

Carole McCartney, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law
University of Leeds

9:20 The Role of Forensics In Homeland Security

Charles Cooke, Bio-Specialist, Office of the Deputy Director for Strategy & Evaluation, National Counterproliferation Center
James Burans, Bioforensics Program Manager, National Bioforensics Analysis Center
Larry Chelko, Director, US Army Criminal Investigation Lab
Rick Tontarski, Chief, Forensic Analysis Division, US Army Criminal Investigation Lab

10:45 Break

11:00 Forensics at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Michael D. Garris, Image Group Manger
Barbara Guttman, Line Manager, National Software Reference Library
William MacCrehan, Research Chemist, Analytical Chemistry Division

12:20 Adjourn
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Edwards
Gatsonis
Berger
Cecil
Denton
Fierro
Kafadar
Marone
Mearns
Murch
Robertson
Schechter
Shaler
Siegel
Srihari
Wiederhorn
Zumwalt

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Draft chapter, findings, and recommendations.
Plans for the December meeting.

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Draft report outline, chapters, findings and recommendations

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 25, 2007
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Katie Magee
Contact Email:  kmagee@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1713

Agenda
Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community
The National Academies
Room 100
500 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC
June 5, 2007
Agenda

OPEN SESSION

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

7:45 Continental Breakfast

8:15 Welcome and Introductions

Harry T. Edwards and Constantine Gatsonis
Committee Co-chairs

8:30 Forensic Sciences: Issues and Direction

Bruce Budowle, Senior Scientist, Laboratory Division, FBI

9:30 Challenges for Crime Laboratories: City, County, and Private

John Collins, Director, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office Crime Laboratory
John E. Moalli, Group Vice President, Principal Engineer, Exponent

11:00 Emerging Issues: Cybercrime, fMRI and Lie Detection, and Photographic Comparison Analysis

Eric Friedberg, Co-President, Stroz Friedberg, LLC
Hank Greely, Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law, Stanford University
Richard W. Vorder Bruegge, Supervisory Photographic Technologist-Examiner of Questioned Photographic Evidence, FBI

12:30 Working Lunch – Continuation of Morning Session

1:15 AFIS Interoperability

John Onstwedder, Statewide AFIS Coordinator for the Forensic Sciences Command, Forensic Science Center at Chicago
Peter T. Higgins, Principal Consultant, The Higgins-Hermansen Group
Peter D. Komarinski, Komarinski & Associates, LLC
2:15 Medical Examiner/Coroner System

Randy Hanzlick, Chief Medical Examiner, Fulton County, Georgia; Professor of Forensic Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine
J.C. Upshaw Downs, Chair, Governmental Affairs Committee, NAME; Vice Chair, CFSO; Board of Directors, NAME; Coastal Regional Medical Examiner, Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Garry F. Peterson, Chief Medical Examiner Emeritus, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Chair, Standards, Inspection and Accreditation Committee and Standards Subcommittee, and Past President, NAME
Victor W. Weedn, Du
4:15 Comments from the Floor

5:00 Open Session Ends
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Edwards
Gatsonis
Berger
Cecil
Denton
Fierro
Kafadar
Marone
Mearns
Robertson
Schechter
Siegel
Srihari
Wiederhorn

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Preliminary Draft Findings and Recommendations

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Preliminary Draft Findings and Recommendations
Report Outline

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
June 07, 2007
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Katie Magee
Contact Email:  kmagee@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1713

Agenda
Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community
The National Academies
Lecture Hall
2100 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC
April 23-24, 2007
Agenda

Monday, April 23, 2007

7:45 Continental Breakfast

8:00 Welcome and Introductions

Harry T. Edwards and Constantine Gatsonis
Committee Co-chairs

8:10 Essential Elements of Science: Hypotheses, Falsifiability, Replication, Peer Review

Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science

The Science of Statistics: Error Testing, Probabilities, Observer Bias

Jay Kadane, Senior Statistician, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University

9:00 Discussion with Committee

9:20 Forensic DNA

Science
Robin Cotton, Director, Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program, Boston University School of Medicine

Policy and Politics
Chris Asplen, Vice President, Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, former Executive Director, U.S. Attorney General’s National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence

10:10 Discussion with Committee

10:30 Break

10:45 The Science of Forensic Disciplines

What is the state of the art? Where is research conducted? Where is it published? What is the scientific basis that informs the interpretation of the evidence? Where are new developments coming from? What are the major problems in the scientific foundation or methods and in the practice? What research questions would you like to have answered?

Moderator: Constantine Gatsonis, Committee co-chair

10:50 Drug Identification

Joseph P. Bono, Laboratory Director, Forensic Services Division, United States Secret Service

11:15 Discussion with Committee

11:45 Lunch

12:30 Pattern Evidence with Fingerprints and Toolmarks as Illustrations

Fingerprints: Ed German, Latent Print Examiner, US Army, retired

Tool Marks: Peter Striupaitis, Chair, IAI Firearm/Toolmark Committee, and member, SWGGUN

1:30 Discussion with Committee

2:00 Trace Evidence with Arson and Hair as Illustrations

Arson: John Lentini, Scientific Fire Analysis, LLC

Hair: Max Houck, Director, Forensic Science Initiative, Forensic Research and Business Development, College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University

3:00 Discussion with Committee

3:30 Break

3:45 Forensic Odontology - Bite Marks
David R. Senn, Director of Center for Education and Research in Forensics (CERF), Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Diagnostic Science, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dental School
4:10 Discussion with Committee

4:30 Commentators

Robert Gaensslen, Director, Graduate Studies, Program in Forensics Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jennifer Mnookin, Professor of Law, UCLA Law School
David Kaye, Regents' Professor of Law and Professor of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

5:15 Comments from the Floor

5:45 Open Session Ends


Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community
The National Academies
Lecture Hall
2100 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC
April 23-24, 2007
Agenda


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

7:45 Continental Breakfast

8:00 Welcome and Introductions

Harry T. Edwards and Constantine Gatsonis
Committee Co-chairs

8:10 From Crime Scene to Courtroom: The Collection and Flow of Evidence

Barry Fisher, Director, Scientific Services Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, former President, AAFS

8:45 Discussion with the Committee

9:15 Practice and Standards – Scientific Working Groups

What is the process for establishing the guidelines and standards? What are the guidelines/standards for each of these disciplines? How is quality control/quality assurance monitored and enforced? What recommendations have these organizations made and have they been implemented? What is needed?

Moderator: Harry T. Edwards, Committee Co-chair

9:20 Drug Identification

Nelson A. Santos, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Chair, SWGDRUG

9:40 Discussion with the Committee

10:00 Pattern Evidence - Latent Prints

Steve Meagher, Fingerprint Specialist, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Vice-Chair SWGFAST

10:30 Discussion with the Committee

11:00 Trace Evidence - Hair Analysis

Richard E. Bisbing, Executive Vice President, McCrone Associates, Inc., and member SWGMAT

11:20 Discussion with the Committee


11:45 Commentators

Paul C. Gianelli, Weatherhead Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Carol Henderson, Director, National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law Professor of Law, Stetson University
Michael J. Saks, Professor of Law & Psychology, and Faculty Fellow, Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

12:30 Comments from the Floor

1:00 Open Session Ends
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Edwards
Gatsonis
Berger
Cecil
Denton
Fierro
Kafadar
Marone
Mearns
Murch
Robertson
Schecter
Shaler
Siegel
Srihari
Wiederhorn
Zumwalt

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Committee Composition
Draft Report Outline
June Meeting

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Draft Report Outline

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 30, 2007
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Katie Magee
Contact Email:  kmagee@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1713

Agenda
Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community
January 25-26, 2007
National Academy of Sciences
2100 C Street, NW
Washington, DC.
Agenda


January 25, 2007, Board Room

8:30 Welcome and Introductions

Committee Co-chairs: Harry T. Edwards and Constantine Gatsonis

8:45 Charge to Committee

David W. Hagy, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Policy Coordination, Office of Justice Programs, and Principal Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice

9:10 Discussion

9:30 Importance of Study to the Forensics Community

Joe Polski, Chair, Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations

9:45 Discussion

10:00 Break

10:15 Current State of Forensics: Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Labs

Joseph L. Peterson, Director and Professor, School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics, California State University
Matthew J. Hickman, U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics

10:45 Discussion

11:15 Overview of Forensics Training and Education

Larry Quarino, Assistant Professor, Cedar Crest College
Max Houck, Director of the Forensic Science Initiative, West Virginia University

12:00 Discussion

12:15 Lunch

1:00 Daily Operations of Forensic Labs

Joseph A. DiZinno - Assistant Director, Laboratory Division, FBI
Jan L. Johnson, Laboratory Director, Illinois State Policy, Forensic Science Center at Chicago
Irma Rios, Assistant Director, City of Houston Crime Lab

2:15 Discussion

2:45 Break

3:00 NIJ Research Program and Budget, Future Needs and Priorities

John Morgan, Deputy Director for Science and Technology, NIJ

3:20 Discussion

3:45 Views from the Major Forensic Science Organizations: Issues and Challenges

Bruce A. Goldberger, President-Elect, American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
Bill Marbaker, President, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD)
Robert Stacey, President, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors, Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB)
Arthur Eisenberg, Member of the Board, Forensic Quality Services (FQS)
Joe Polski, Chief Operations Officer, International Association for Identification (IAI)
Jamie Downs, Board of Directors and Chair, Government Affairs Committee, National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME)

5:00 Discussion

5:30 Adjourn




Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community
January 25-26, 2007
National Academy of Sciences
2100 C Street, NW
Washington, DC.
Agenda

January 26, 2007, Board Room

8:00 Continental Breakfast

8:30 Opportunities for Improvement: Critical Areas

Michael Risinger, Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School
Peter Neufeld, Co-Founder and Co-Director, The Innocence Project
David Stoney, Chief Scientist, Stoney Forensics, Inc.

9:30 Discussion

10:00 Adjourn
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Edwards
Gatsonis
Berger
Cecil
Fierro
Kafadar
Marone
Murch
Roverston
Schecter
Shaler
Siegel
Srihari
Wiederhorn
Zumwalt

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Conflict of Interest/Bias/Cmte Composition
Public Comments on the Committee
Communications and the Report Review Process
Cmte Schedule
Plans for the April Meeting

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Committee Process and Report Review Process Brochures

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 29, 2007
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

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