John Butler will present "Forensic Science and DNA Testing: Past, Present, and Future" at the Biology Department's annual Graduate Research Symposium on Nov. 1 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room B at Catholic University.
Butler is an expert in forensic DNA analysis, and has pioneered the methods used today for DNA testing in criminal casework, paternity investigations, and much more. He is the author of several textbooks on forensic DNA testing and is currently at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a fellow and special assistant to the director for Forensic Science at NIST. Butler has received numerous awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (2002), the Gold Medal (2008), and Silver Medal (2002) from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Scientific Prize of the International Society of Forensic Genetics (2003).
The day-long symposium includes graduate student talks, awards, and research poster presentations. The full schedule includes the following: