The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law
Founded at Duquesne University in 2000, The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law is an internationally acclaimed center for research, training, and professional education in applied forensic science. Through its global network of practitioner and scholar experts and its unique collaborations with the university's schools of Nursing, Law and Natural and Environmental Sciences, among other academic institutions, the Institute pursues interdisciplinary research into a broad array of subjects affecting the practice of forensic science today. These same partnerships support the Institute's Annual Forensic Science and Law Symposium and its quarterly professional education seminar series, Forensic Fridays, in addition to periodic training workshops for targeted professional audiences.
We will be resuming Forensic Fridays on September 12, 2014 with a full-day seminar we are developing in collaboration with The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and the Center for Environmental Research and Education--The Forensics of Fracking. Be sure to mark your calendar for this timely and important educational opportunity.
THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE:
Preliminary 2014 Conference Announcement:
The Science, Law and Politics of
Cold Case Investigations
Thursday, October 30 ~ Friday, October 31
Power Center Ballroom
What do the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, the BTK killings and the Centennial Olympic Park bombing all have in common? When does a criminal case go "cold," and what does it take to thaw it out again? In a time of laboratory backlogs and cuts in government funding, what warrants the re-opening of a cold case anyway? How much physical evidence is enough, and what sort of witness is compelling enough? What are the political hurdles involved and how can they be overcome? How have DNA analysis and other improvements in forensic science made it possible to re-investigate and successfully prosecute cold cases? What makes some cases ultimately unsolvable?
For answers to these questions and many more, please join criminalist Henry Lee, behavioral analyst Mark Safarik, author and forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland, DNA expert Mark Perlin, police investigator Ken Mains and forensic nurse Ann Burgess, along with a host of other investigative, scientific, legal and public policy experts, for the Institute's 14th Annual Symposium.
Passing the Torch: An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy - October 17-19, 2013
"Passing the Torch" on Video
Many of you who could not attend our recent conference, along with many conference attendees, have inquired about the availability of the program on video. Please note that the Institute is currently editing and sequencing the video footage, as well as exploring various delivery mechanisms. As soon as we have more to report, we will do so here, as well as via email to the Institute's email list. If you are not yet on that list, please let us know.The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law was established at Duquesne University in the fall of 2000. Through its unique collaborative partnerships, the Institute offers several credit and/or continuing education programs.
SUPPORTING THE WECHT INSTITUTE
Are you interested in supporting the Wecht Institute? Learn more about our Funding Priorities.
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PREDATORS AND THEIR PREY:
A National Conference on the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual and Violent Serial Offenders
October 21-22, 2011
CAUSE OF DEATH:
An Interdisciplinary Look at the State of Forensic Death Investigation
November 19-20, 2010
DOES FORENSICS NEED FIXING?:
A Seminar on the National Academy of Sciences' Report on Forensic Science
*If you were unable to attend these events but are interested in learning more, please contact the Institute directly at 412-396-1330 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about purchasing DVDs.*