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Third Annual Forensic Science Leadership Lecture

Thursday, October 17
5:30 p.m
Samuels Theatre

Cedar Crest College’s Forensic Science program will host the third annual Forensic Science Leadership Lecture featuring the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Program Manager, Susan Ballou on Thursday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m. This free event will take place Samuels Theatre, located in the Tompkins College Center and is open to the public. Her lecture is titled "Making Your Mark When Sleuths are Expected to be Like Sherlock."

Susan BallouSusan Ballou is the Program Manager for Forensic Science in the Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She has managed this program since 2000, targeting the needs of the forensic science practitioner by identifying and funding research at NIST in areas such as latent print analysis, burn patterns, computer forensics and material standards. Her forensic crime laboratory experience spans just over 19 years and includes working on case samples in the areas of toxicology, illicit drugs, serology, hairs, fibers and DNA. One of her most intriguing cases was produced by CourtTV and is periodically shown on the cable network.

She has achieved Diplomate certification through the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC), has Fellow status with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and in 2012 received the AAFS Criminalistics Section’s Mary E. Cowan Outstanding Service Award. Ms. Ballou was past chair of the ASTM International E30 Forensic Science committee and continues service with this organization as secretary of the E30.12 Digital and Multimedia Evidence subcommittee. She holds membership in several other forensic science organizations and participates on their working committees.

The Forensic Science Leadership Lecture is sponsored by Dr. Richard Saferstein who, for more than 21 years, headed the crime laboratory of the New Jersey State Police, which is one of the largest forensic science laboratories in the United States.