Congratulations to Associate Professor Bill Crane on his selection as a member of the National Commission on Forensic Science. The Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General just released the following announcement to Commission members, with public notice coming in due course. Bill Crane will be traveling to Washington, DC to attend several meetings per year, and will also do some ‘virtual’ work. The Commission’s purpose is to make recommendations to the U.S. Attorney General relative to emerging issues within the broad field of Forensic Science.
I’d like to introduce the six new members of the National Commission on Forensic Science. They are:
- Thomas D. Albright, Ph.D., Professor and Conrad T. Prebys Chair, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California
- Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Alfred and Jill Summer Professor and Chair of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
- Gregory C. Champagne, Sheriff, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana
- William N. Crane, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Digital Forensic Program, Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont
- Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut
- Sunita Sah, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
The new members were selected from a deep pool of extraordinarily qualified applicants, and we’re delighted to have their expertise and insight. As we mentioned at the end of Meeting Six, one of our goals was to retain the overall balance of perspectives, professions, and backgrounds on the Commission, and we believe we’ve accomplished that. We also worked hard to ensure that those with strong scientific backgrounds have a prominent voice in the Commission.
Some of these new Commissioners will be familiar (Deirdre Daly came to the last meeting, replacing U.S. Attorney John Kacavas; Greg Champagne served as a proxy for Sheriff Ryant Washington), and most of them are able to attend the upcoming meeting in August. We’ll be publicly announcing the selections in the next few days, but we wanted to first introduce them to all of you. We’re looking forward to their many contributions.
Andrew J. Bruck, Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General
United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC