Beyond CSI: Exciting Applications of Forensic DNA

The Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis in collaboration with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is hosting the 14th annual Francine and Michael Saferstein Memorial Lecture with Distinguished Lecturer Dr. John Butler.

The lecture is on Thursday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m. in 130 Hurtig Hall.

Dr. Butler has a B.S. in chemistry from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Virginia. His Ph.D. research, which was conducted in the FBI Laboratory’s Forensic Science Research Unit with Bruce McCord, involved pioneering the techniques now used worldwide in modern forensic DNA testing.

Dr. Butler is a NIST Fellow and Group Leader of Applied Genetics at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is author of the internationally acclaimed textbook Forensic DNA Typing, which is now in its third edition, as well as more than 130 scientific articles and invited book chapters.

In August 2011, ScienceWatch.com announced that Dr. Butler was number one in the world as a high-impact author (number of citations per paper published) in legal medicine and forensic science for the decade 2001-2011.

The Francine and Michael Saferstein memorial Lecture in Forensic Science was established in 1998 by Dr. Richard Saferstein, an internationally renowned forensic scientist, in memory of his wife and son.

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