GU To Host Forensics Conference


The first annual Greenville University Forensics Conference, hosted Friday and Saturday, April 13-14 by the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Criminal Justice, will increase awareness of the important role forensic science plays in the administration of justice in today’s legal system.

Forensic science is the application of scientific principles and techniques to matters of criminal justice especially as they relate to the collection, examination and analysis of physical evidence.

The conference begins Friday evening with keynote speaker John Pistole, former deputy director of the FBI. In 2007 he received the Department of Justice Edward H. Levi Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity.

Saturday will feature several sessions from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Among the line-up of presenters are current and former members of the FBI, ATF and CSI agencies.

Peter A. Smerick, retired FBI profiler and forensic scientist, and his wife, Jill B. Smerick, retired FBI DNA analyst, will share from their extensive history with high profile cases across the country.

Forensic pathologist and expert witness Dr. Gary Cumberland, an East Saint Louis High School alumnus with graduate and medical degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has performed over 4,500 autopsies and testified in over 300 court appearances.

Special Agent Craig Holloway is an assistant country attaché for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The conference format will include large group presentations, breakout sessions, panel discussion and opportunities for meaningful connection among participants. College and university students, area high school students and their parents, law enforcement personnel, attorneys, judges and the public are invited to register.

Registration is $10 for high school or college students, $15 for an adult accompanying a student, $20 for first responders, law enforcement and veterans, and $30 for all others. Space is limited. Register online by April 1.

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