Data Integrity in Forensic Science and Engineering

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Source: David Pienkowski, PhD, Program Chair

The integrity of scientific methods, resulting data, and objectivity of forensic investigators has been called into question. A recent (9/19/16) Wall Street Journal article titled, “Rejecting Voodoo Science in the Courtroom,” prefaced the release of a study by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). This article claims that virtually all forensic evidence techniques are flawed, some irredeemably.

To address this challenge proactively, the Engineering Sciences Section is hosting an afternoon session entitled “Data Integrity in Forensic Science and Engineering” on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the upcoming AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans. This session will feature invited speakers reviewing the ethical obligations of forensic scientists and engineers, followed by oral presentations documenting system failures. A panel discussion will follow from which recommendations will be developed for modification of forensic science and engineering practices.

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this timely and important session. Your participation in the panel discussion is welcomed.