CONFERENCE: "Forensics: Science policies to increase confidence."  American Chemical Society and Congress Project with the American Statistical Association;  September 26, 2012; Washington;

GIST: "The con­sis­tent accu­racy of many foren­sic meth­ods is lack­ing despite pop-culture-informed per­cep­tions to the con­trary. A 2009 National Acad­e­mies report iden­ti­fied many method­olo­gies that are insuf­fi­ciently sci­en­tific includ­ing med­ical exam­iner or foren­sic anthro­pol­ogy approaches, fire inves­ti­ga­tion, and pat­tern recog­ni­tions such as fin­ger­print or tool­mark analy­sis. Also, juris­dic­tions out­side of major cities with sig­nif­i­cant research facil­i­ties are often under-equipped with the trained staff and/or infra­struc­ture to ren­der use­ful foren­sic evi­dence. This expert panel will dis­cuss the fol­low­ing options: set research pri­or­i­ties for foren­sic stan­dards, effec­tively train and cer­tify corps of ana­lysts, and best inform and edu­cate jus­tice sys­tem pro­fes­sion­als on the proper use and pre­sen­ta­tion of foren­sic evi­dence to ensure con­sis­tency and fairness.".........Foren­sics: Sci­ence Poli­cies to Increase Con­fi­dence Sep­tem­ber 26, 2012, Noon –1:30 p.m. Capi­tol Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, Sen­ate Side, SVC-200/201

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