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The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law


The State of the Profession Five Years After the NAS Report

Friday, March 6
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Africa Room, Duquesne Union


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This activity is approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board for five (5) hours of substantive credit and one (1) hour of ethics credit. This program is also offered for six (6) hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work, a PA pre-approved provider of social work CE. Information about other professional education credit will be announced soon.

To be kept updated about this and other Institute programs, please join our email notification list by contacting us at
412-396-1330 or wechtinstitute@duq.edu



Sexual Assault on Campus

Investigation, Prosecution and the Role of Forensic Nursing
Friday, May 1
1 - 4:30 p.m.
Africa Room, Duquesne Union

Forensic FridaysForensic Fridays   

Friday, MARCH 6
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Is Forensics Getting Fixed?
The State of the Profession Five Years After the NAS Report
Friday, MAY 1
1 - 4:30 p.m.
Sexual Assault on Campus
Investigation, Prosecution and the Role of Forensic Nursing

The 2014-2015 Pricing and Registration IS OPEN!
Please click here to register.



14th Annual Symposium:
The Science, Law and Politics of
Cold Case Investigations
Thursday, October 30 ~ Friday, October 31
Power Center Ballroom
Duquesne University

What do the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, the BTK killings and the Centennial Olympic Park bombing all have in common? When does a criminal case go "cold," and what does it take to thaw it out again? In a time of laboratory backlogs and cuts in government funding, what warrants the re-opening of a cold case anyway? How much physical evidence is enough, and what sort of witness is compelling enough? What are the political hurdles involved and how can they be overcome? How have DNA analysis and other improvements in forensic science made it possible to re-investigate and successfully prosecute cold cases? What makes some cases ultimately unsolvable?

For answers to these questions and many more, please join criminalist Henry Lee, behavioral analyst Mark Safarik, author and forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland, DNA expert Mark Perlin, police investigator Ken Mains and forensic nurse Ann Burgess, along with a host of other investigative, scientific, legal and public policy experts, for the Institute's 14th Annual Symposium.


Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy - October 17-19, 2013
"Passing the Torch" on Video
Many of you who could not attend our recent conference, along with many conference attendees, have inquired about the availability of the program on video. Please note that the Institute is currently editing and sequencing the video footage, as well as exploring various delivery mechanisms. As soon as we have more to report, we will do so here, as well as via email to the Institute's email list. If you are not yet on that list, please let us know.The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law was established at Duquesne University in the fall of 2000. Through its unique collaborative partnerships, the Institute offers several credit and/or continuing education programs.

Are you interested in supporting the Wecht Institute? Learn more about our Funding Priorities.
Purchase the video from one of the Institute's past conferences or seminars.

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A National Conference on the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual and Violent Serial Offenders
October 21-22, 2011

An Interdisciplinary Look at the State of Forensic Death Investigation
November 19-20, 2010

A Seminar on the National Academy of Sciences' Report on Forensic Science

*If you were unable to attend these events but are interested in learning more, please contact the Institute directly at 412-396-1330 or wechtinstitute@duq.edu to find out about purchasing DVDs.*