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Syracuse to Host ‘Current Trends and New Horizons in Forensic and National Security Sciences: Opportunities and Challenges’

Congressman John Katko to deliver keynote lecture April 27, panel discussion scheduled for May 7

April 14, 2015, by Sarah Scalese

Congressman John Katko
Congressman John Katko

The Syracuse University Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI), the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) are teaming up to present “Current Trends and New Horizons in Forensic and National Security Sciences: Opportunities and Challenges” on Monday, April 27 and Thursday, May 7. The events will foster a dialog between national and local forensic and national security leaders with the Syracuse University community.

The two-day event is part of a Distinguished Lecture Series supported by ORAU and will focus on the relationship that exists between effective forensic science and the scientific needs of national security interests. Organizers say the continually evolving landscape of both science and technology, as well as newly emerging natural and man-made threats have provided unique opportunities and difficult challenges in forensic science and national security.

Free and open to the public, it will kick off with a keynote lecture by Congressman John Katko, who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives last November and serves as the chair of the Homeland Security Transportation Security Subcommittee. Congressman Katko will deliver his remarks on Monday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Eggers Hall (room 220).

The event will continue on Thursday, May 7 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in in Eggers Hall (room 220) with a lectures and panel discussions featuring an array of experts from both the forensic and national security sciences fields. The diverse backgrounds of the panelists provide a unique perspective at many levels related to matters involving forensic science and national security, including intelligence, defense, the judicial system, health and criminal justice policy, and disaster preparedness and response. The May 7 sessions will focus on new opportunities and potential directions of efforts to strengthen forensic and national security sciences to successfully combat threats – both domestically and globally – as well as opportunities, challenges, and efforts to strengthen forensic and national security sciences in dealing with existing and emerging threats.

The panelists include Dr. Kathleen Corrado, director of laboratories of the Onondaga County Center for Forensic Science; Vice Admiral Robert B. Murrett (USN, ret.), deputy director of theInstitute for National Security and Counterterrorism and fellow at FNSSI; Mr. Steven Hogan, Esq., first deputy counsel of the New York State Police; Dr. Robert Stoppacher, chief medical examiner for the Onondaga County Center for Forensic Science; and Dr. Mark Cicero, assistant professor of pediatrics and director of pediatric preparedness at Yale School of Medicine.

The events are sponsored by the ORAU, FNSSI, Syracuse University’s department of Public Administration and International Affairs, and the Louis A. Bantle Series in Business and Government Policy in the Maxwell School.

For more information, contact co-organizers James T. Spencer at or Michael Marciano at

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Sarah Scalese