The Annual Conference
Since its inauguration in the fall of 2000, the Wecht Institute has hosted an Annual Conference that convenes local and national figures from a wide variety of disciplines in an effort to shed greater light upon a particular set of issues.The Science, Law and Politics of Cold Case Investigations
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.
To learn more, please bookmark and visit www.duq.edu/forensics in the weeks and months to come, or join the Institute's email list by contacting us at 412-396-1330 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Passing the Torch
An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
October 17-19, 2013
Following up on its world-renowned 40th anniversary conference, the Wecht Institute is pleased to announce its plans to re-convene many of the leading scientific and legal experts on the murder case that has fascinated and perplexed us for decades. As the JFK assassination and many of its witnesses, investigators and researchers begin to recede into history, this symposium is intended in large part to interest and inform young people from the Pittsburgh region, across the country and beyond about one of the seminal events of 20th century American history, and why it still matters today.
Post-Combat Problems in the 21st Century
Medical, Legal, and Societal Considerations
November 8-9, 2012
With the return of tens of thousands of U.S. servicemen and women from Iraq and Afghanistan, among other locales, American society today faces problems not experienced on the same scale since the post-Vietnam era. From the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to the retrieval and identification of human remains to the challenges of returning to civilian life in a time of economic and political turmoil, the issues facing American military veterans in 2012 are legion.
In consideration of the complex blend of medial, legal and public policy questions prompted by this topic, they Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law has selected as the theme of its 12th Annual Conference, "Post-Combat Problems in the 21st Century." Scheduled for Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9 in the Power Center Ballroom, the program will convene experts in such wide-ranging disciplines as psychology, DNA analysis, anthropology, occupational therapy, domestic abuse and criminal law.
Predators and Their Prey: A National Conference on the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual and Violent Serial Offenders October 21-22, 2011.
This year's conference convened experts in behavioral science, digital forensics, criminal law, vicitmology and related fields to address various topics pertaining to the psychology and modus operandi of criminal predators, as well as the latest investigative methodologies and legal strategies being used to catch and convict them.
Cause of Death: An Interdisciplinary Look at the State of Forensic Death Investigation. November 19-20, 2010
Evidence in the Information Age: A National Symposium on the Collection, Analysis and Legal Application of Digital Evidence. October 23-24, 2009.
Where Fact Meets Fiction: A National Symposium on the Intersection of Forensic Science and Pop Culture: the 8th Annual Forensic Science and Law Conference. Conference website.
Preserving Evidence, Saving Lives: The Roles of Forensic Science, Medicine and the Law in Mass Disaster Response: The 7th Annual Forensic Science and Law Conference, Preserving Evidence, Saving Lives. Conference website
Justice for All: A National Symposium on the Role of Forensic Science in the Evolution of Criminal Justice Reform: the 6th Annual Forensic Science and Law Conference. Conference website.
Tracking Terrorism in the 21st Century: A National Symposium on the Roles of Science and Law in Preventing, Investigating and Prosecuting Political Violence: the 5th Annual Forensic Science and Law Conference. Conference information
Solving the Great American Murder Mystery: A National Symposium on the 40th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination. Conference information
Law, Family and Violence: A Multidisciplinary Symposium. Conference information
DNA and the Law. Conference brochure
Forensic Science and the Law.