Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
09:00 - 11:00 AM Room: 311F

David N Rahni

Forensics, the art and science of specimen analysis and tracing their anthropogenic and/or natural origin to a specific culprit and in support of criminalistics, has evolved since it was first introduced by Marthieu Orfilia (1787-1853) credited as the founder of modern toxicology and Paul L. Kirk (1902-1970), the American founder of modern forensic science.

Forensic Science has particularly grown both in depth and breadth since September 11, 2001, to include more effective international cooperation and active participation of the government and international agencies, academe, non-profit institutions, and the private sectors. The proliferation of university academic majors up to advanced doctoral levels, as well as the exponential expansion of financial, material and human resource allocation both in government and the corporate sectors for R&D, technology transfer and instrumentation commercialization, are testimonials to the meritorious significance of the role forensic science plays in today’s world.

As the various stages of forensics, spanning from sample collection and custody to assays and evidence presentation in legal setting continues to expand, the need for closer collaborations among the above constituencies become self-evident. Expert witnesses, independent consultants, professorial advisors, and/or small businesses are the major movers and shakers of the overall trends in forensics.