Essential Elements of Science: Hypotheses, Falsifiability, Replication, Peer Review


Alan I. Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science


The Science of Statistics: Error Testing, Probabilities, Observer Bias


Jay Kadane, Senior Statistician, Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University




Forensic DNA




Robin Cotton, Director, Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program, Boston University School of Medicine


Policy and Politics


Chris Asplen, Vice President, Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs and former Executive Director, U.S. Attorney General’s National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence




The Science of Forensic Disciplines


What is the state of the art? Where is research conducted?

Where is it published? What is the scientific basis that informs the interpretation of the evidence? Where are new developments coming from? What are the major problems in the scientific foundation or methods and in the practice? What research questions would you like to have answered?


Moderator: Constantine Gatsonis, Committee Co-Chair

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