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NC State’s Forensic Science Symposium Attracts National, State Law Enforcement

North Carolina State University will highlight advances in crime scene investigation technology and techniques during its fifth annual forensic science symposium on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the College of Textiles.

The event is open to the media, and will be held in the College of Textiles’ Convocation Room (Room 2309) on NC State’s Centennial Campus. Media parking is available in the visitors lot in front of the college on Main Campus Drive or in the large lot at the side of the building on Research Drive.

Dr. Tracey Dawson-Cruz of Virginia Commonwealth University, the first of four keynote speakers, will present a session on advancing forensic human DNA analysis at 9:15 a.m. Dr. Jason Byrd will speak on forensic evidence analysis and disaster preparedness at 10:30 a.m. At 11:15 Dr. Nelson Vinueza-Benitez, postdoctoral fellow at Purdue University, will discuss advances in forensic analytical chemistry using mass spectrometry. Dr. Geoffrey Stewart Morrison of the University of New South Wales, Australia, will introduce the likelihood ratio framework for analyzing forensic evidence at 1:30 p.m. All four speakers will take part in a panel discussion on the future of forensic science research and academics at 2:30 p.m.

More than 100 attendees are expected, including national and state law enforcement officials, professionals with related private companies and forensic science researchers. For a detailed agenda and registration information, visit


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