F18B11 Science and the Criminal Justice SystemThis course will trace the evolution of the criminal justice system in the United States with particular attention to the role of the scientific expert witness. While a number of characteristics have been used in the past to identify criminals, the advent of characterizing an individual's DNA has dramatically changed the role of the forensic scientist. Other scientific methods of identifying elements of a crime or for use as "class" evidence will be considered. Detection and testing materials at a crime scene to prevent crimes will emphasize the detection of energetic materials (explosives).
Instructor: William Allen was a Professor in the Departments of Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Public Health Science at UVA. He was awarded by the FBI for service to the forensic science community. He was a tour speaker for the American Chemical Society and a consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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