DNA expert David Kaye appointed to new national forensic science committee

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) appointed David H. Kaye, Distinguished Professor of Law and Weiss Family Faculty Scholar at Penn State, to its newly established Legal Resource Committee (LRC) of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). As part of an initiative by NIST and the Department of Justice to strengthen forensic science in the United States, OSAC will coordinate development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community.

“In recent years, forensic science providers and the government have embarked on a series of projects to improve research and practice,” Kaye said. “People’s lives and liberty hang in the balance, and I am delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to these efforts.”

Selected from among 1,300 OSAC applicants, the 10 members of the LRC are judges, prosecutors, defenders, law professors and other experts. The group will review the emerging OSAC standards and help develop a new Forensic Science Code of Practice and an updated Professional Code of Ethics.

“We are pleased to have such distinguished experts contributing to the Organization for Scientific Area Committees’ efforts to bring uniform standards to forensic science,” said Mark D. Stolorow, director for OSAC Affairs in Maryland.

Kaye is an internationally recognized expert on scientific evidence and statistics in law. His publications include 12 books and more than 170 articles and letters in journals of law, philosophy, psychology, medicine, genetics, and statistics. He has taught evidence, law and science, criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, torts, law and economics, legal philosophy, and international human rights law. He also works with the newly created National Commission on Forensic Science and helps direct the Penn State-NIST Working Group on Presenting Forensic Science Evidence Using Quantitative and Qualitative Terms.

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Last Updated July 24, 2014