Read about the seminar here and go if you like:
Media are invited to observe ASTAR training sessions, which include a session at 10 a.m. Thursday called “Genes and Human Behavior: Is There a Link between Genetics and Crime?” with Lynn B. Jorde, Ph.D., professor of Genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and “Fingerprints” at 10 a.m. on Friday with Stephen B. Meagher from the FBI Lab in Quantico, Va. For a complete seminar schedule, contact the Office of Public Information at 614.387.9250.
Mandated by Congress in 2006 to ramp up its proof of concept to a national scale, ASTAR added the entire scope of science, technology and forensics likely to be introduced as evidence or issues in the trial and appeals of complex cases.
In January 2007, ASTAR began operation of a Congressionally mandated project administered by the U. S. Department of Justice to ramp up science and technology training from consortium States to all U. S. Jurisdictions. This program will provide to all electing courts the certified Language of the Sciences programs ASTAR collectively terms “Platform A.”
Look at all the folks affiliated/overseeing the program. Hooya – that’s a long list.
I have to beleive that judges need training. But does anyone know anything else about this Congressionally-mandated and, I assume, federally-funded program? When I read the site, it sounded like only three states are involved. I’d love to know more. For example, in the mission statement, what exactly does this mean:
ASTAR’s leadership oversees the effort to identify, recruit, train and deploy science and technology resource judges.
Huh? They’re talking about judges in courts of law? Check out the link to ASTAR fellows – they are only from three states, including Ohio.
Is this a for-profit or nonprofit?
Sigh. I’m confused, again.