National Institute of Justice's Laporte to discuss forensic science

October 09, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A free, public lecture about the application of forensic-science research to criminal cases, "Forensic Science: A Discussion on the Importance of Research and Practical Applications in High-Profile Cases," will be given at 12:20 p.m. Oct. 22 in 112 Borland Building on the Penn State University Park campus. Gerald LaPorte, associate director and forensic policy program manager in the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), will present the final of three presentations on forensic science and its use as a law enforcement tool in Penn State's 2012 Forensic Science Lecture Series.

As the associate director and forensic policy program manager at the NIJ, LaPorte is responsible for providing expert analysis and advice for agency-wide programs and for issues of national impact relating to forensic science. He also manages post-conviction DNA testing and fundamental research in forensic-science programs. LaPorte is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists, the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists and the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners. In addition, he is co-chairman on the Standards, Practices and Protocols Interagency Working Grouping within the Subcommittee on Forensic Science and serves on the American Standards for Testing and Materials E30.02 Forensic Committee. LaPorte has published papers in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Science International and numerous other professional journals, and he has contributed chapters to textbooks.

LaPorte received a bachelor's degree in biology from University of Windsor in Canada in 1990. He received a master's degree in forensic science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994.

The Penn State 2012 Forensic Science Lecture Series is sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science. For more information, contact the Forensic Science Program at 814-863-6758 or email

  • Gerald LaPorte will discuss the importance of forensic science research in high-profile criminal cases during a free public lecture Oct. 22.

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