Blood, powder, and residue: how crime labs translate evidence into proof

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 11 February

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Suggested donation £10

Event description

Drawing on eighteen months of rigorous fieldwork in a crime lab of a major metro area, Beth Bechky tells the stories of the forensic scientists who struggle to deliver unbiased science while under intense pressure.

From DNA profiles to comparisons of bullets, fingerprints, and shoeprints, forensic science findings are widely used in police investigations and courtrooms.

In this talk, discover the people behind the detailed analysis and long journey that  forensic evidence can take.

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About the speaker

Prof Beth Bechky joined New York University Stern School of Business in July 2013 as a Professor of Management and Organizations with an affiliated appointment in NYU's Department of Sociology. She teaches courses in managing high performance teams and negotiations.

Beth is an ethnographer who studies interactions and dynamics at organizational and occupational boundaries. She is interested in how workers collaborate to solve problems, coordinate their activities, respond to technological change, and innovate. She has published her work in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science and American Journal of Sociology.

Prof Bechky received a BS (with Honors) from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, and an MA in Sociology, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University.

Beth's new book "Blood, Powder, and Residue: How Crime Labs Translate Evidence Into Proof" is available now at Amazon and in all good bookstores.

Timing

The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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