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Another Forensic Science Debacle, Another Teaching Moment

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Grades Matter                                                                     I read with interest the article from the Austin American-Statesman, “Bad grades, lapses in hiring process doomed Austin’s crime lab leader.”  The short version is, the Austin police department sought a new “chief forensics officer” to restore their currently closed DNA lab.   Scott Milne, who appears to have a bachelor’s degree in forensic chemistry, was hired to do the job.  (No, the fact that they...

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PCAST issues well documented, well researched report on forensic science - Will this report's call be heard?

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PCAST issues report: Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods This morning, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released recommendations of actions to be taken to strengthen forensic science.  The report was written in response to a request from the president to ascertain whether there were “additional steps on the scientific side, beyond those already taken by the Administration in the aftermath of the highly critical 2009 National Research Council report on the state of forensic sciences” that would assist in ensuring the validity of forensic evidence used in court. During the...

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