Fatal Lessons: Issues and Advances in Forensic Death Investigation; Thursday, October 13, and Friday, October 14;

The 21st Annual Forensic Science & Law Symposium

Fatal Lessons: Issues and Advances in Forensic Death Investigation

October 13-14, 2022
Via Zoom

In the 13 years since the National Academy of Sciences addressed a host of systemic needs in its landmark report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States, multiple deficiencies in our nation's approach to forensic death investigation have come to light. Among these, some of the most critical pertain to the lack of standardization among professional investigative offices, the negative impact of cognitive and implicit bias on forensic decision-making, communication breakdowns among investigative agencies and between agencies and families of the deceased, a lack of proper educational and training opportunities, and inadequate use of modern technology.

At the same time, tremendous strides have been made in various scientific arenas pertaining to forensic death investigation, including differentiation among causes and manners of death in custodial situations, DNA analysis of unidentified human remains, behavioral analysis of fatal crime scenes, and understanding and reducing the impact of bias on the administration of justice.

In an effort to convey the scope and significance of both industry shortcomings and opportunities to professionals, scholars and the greater community, the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law will convene an esteemed interdisciplinary faculty of experts in fields ranging from neuroscience to entomology and beyond. Whether you're an investigator or a student, an attorney or a social worker, a psychologist or a professor, we thank you for joining us.

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