23 Jun 2017

Honorary Degree for Alan Alda

Yesterday Alan Alda received his honorary degree from the University of Dundee for his work promoting the importance of good communication in science. A supporter of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science Mr Alda opened our centre last year. During his visit to Dundee, he also took part in "an evening with" lecture where BBC4 broadcaster Dr Adam Ruderford had the opportunity to question Mr Alda on his thoughts and ambitions for science communication. Below is the laureation address given by Professor Dame Sue Black on the occasion of the award of a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa to Mr Alan Alda ...

Honorary Degree for Alan Alda

23 Jun 2017

Honorary Degree for Fatou Bensouda

Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, today received an honorary degree from the University of Dundee. Ms Bensouda has led the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC in The Hague since 2012. Her office investigates and prosecutes cases of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Her work at the ICC has pioneered the establishment of the Scienti?c Advisory Board with the initial brief to oversee the development of speci?c forensic science related standard operating procedures for investigators. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the first of the Universit...

Honorary Degree for Fatou Bensouda

1 May 2017

Honorary Graduate Lecture 2017: An Evening with Alan Alda

Alan Alda is recognised across the world for his role as Captain Benjamin 'Hawkeye' Pierce of the 4077th M*A*S*H and as Republican Senator and Presidential nominee Arnold Vinick in the US drama - West Wing. Not only is he an award-winning actor, director, screenwriter and author but he is a passionate ambassador for the communication of science. He has been the host of the television show 'Scientific American Frontiers' for over 14 years and is a visiting professor at Stony Brook University where he is a founding member and advisor to the Alan Alda Centre for Communicating Science. His passion for communic...

27 Feb 2017

Future of Forensic DNA Analysis Project Launch

DNA profiling for single contributors or simple mixtures of two donors is robust and reliable but with the increasing sensitivity of techniques very low-level traces of DNA can now be analysed, resulting in often complex DNA samples where many donors can contribute to different degrees. This has led to an interpretation challenge. The LRCFS DNA project will explore how state of the art molecular genetics and emerging DNA sequencing technologies can be applied to complex DNA samples. This will facilitate new data visualisation methods for these types of samples and explore alternative data analytical regime...

27 Feb 2017

Cognitive bias in forensic science Project Launch

‌   Cognitive bias is a basic feature of human perception and decision making: it allows us to be influenced by someone else’s opinion and makes us hear satanic messages in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven when it is played backwards. Given the number of ways in which we are all susceptible to cognitive biases, it is not surprising that there has been much discussion in recent years about its impact on decision making by forensic scientists. We are about to start a new project looking at the kinds of information that can vary the decisions made by forensic examiners, starting with fo...