Pardee School Hosts Conference on Using Rapid DNA to Advance Justice

November 21, 2019

John Boyd of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security addressing participants at the conference.

The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies sponsored a November 19, 2019 technology conference on “Using Rapid DNA to Advance Justice” co- sponsored with the BU Police Department, and the Metropolitan College Department of Applied Social Sciences.

The recent development of Rapid DNA has reduced processing time from months to minutes, increasing expediency and accuracy.  Over 50 scholars, scientists, government officials, law enforcement officers, and students gathered to discuss this cutting edge technology with transformational global implications.

Speakers included:

  • John Boyd, the Assistant Director of the Office of Biometric Identity Management, Department of Homeland Security
  • Dr. Richard Selden, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, ANDE Corporation
  • Dr. Robin Cotton, Director, Biomedical Forensic Science, BU School of Medicine
  • Paul Fitzgerald of the Ed Davis Company and retired Boston Police Department (BPD) Superintendent
  • John D. Woodward, Jr., Pardee School Professor of the Practice of International Relations, who served as the conference chair.

“I enjoyed engaging with law enforcement professionals and scientists at the conference,” said Lauren Labrique, Pardee School graudate student. “We learn about rapid DNA in class, but the real life applications the speakers raised deepened my understanding of the technology’s potential.”

Dr. Richard Selden briefing conference participants.

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