News and Events

In keeping with its educational outreach mission, The Wecht Institute strives to inform both the local community and the outside world about significant and timely issues pertaining to the forensic sciences.

The Institute in the News:

Duquesne Partners With RTI to Support the Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence Forensic science and law programs at Duquesne are working with RTI's Center for Forensic Sciences and two other partners to support the national Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence, funded through a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant totaling $6 million.

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law and the Master of Science program in Forensic Science and Law (FSL) in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences were invited to participate in the national center. The invitation was based upon the accreditation the of FSL program by the Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission and Duquesne's reputation for researching DNA and chemistry issues within the field, coupled with the ability of the Wecht Institute to bridge the gap between science and the legal community, said Dr. Fred Fochtman, director of the Wecht Institute. Duquesne's share of the grant will be $225,000 in the first year of the project, with anticipated funding of up to $615,000.

Read more about the grant.

During the Wecht Institute's 11th Annual Conference, Predators and their Prey, one local area woman described her experience with a predator.   Read about it in this story from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

The Wecht Institute hosted "Is Football Bad for the Brain?" in March, 2010.  Several articles were written about this important seminar. 
*Two Day Seminar
*Game Plan for Football Concussions
*Hockey to focus on Brain Injuries
*Concussion Awareness

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, with the help of the Wecht Institute, featured an article on Forensic Science in the classroom.

On Friday, September 4th, 2009 the Wecht Institute signed a formal agreement of cooperation with the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL).  To learn more about it, read this article.

The Wecht Institute and DU students were featured in a WTAE-TV story concerning the difficulties of eyewitness identification and the use of photo arrays.

Past Events:

2nd International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science.

July 25-26, 2009. Co-Sponsor with China University of Political Science and Law.

Fixing Forensics: A CLE Seminar on the National Academy of Science's Report on Forensic Science.

Friday, September 11, 2009. More information »

For information on past annual conferences, please click here.