Day 2 :
National Missing and Unidentified Persons, USA
Time : 10:00-10:30
George W Adams is a former National Director of National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs, 2011/2015), Program Manager at University of North Texas Center for Human Identification (2005/2011) and the author of “Utilizing Forensic Technologies for Unidentified Human Remains: Death Investigation Resources, Strategies, and Disconnects” (Taylor & Francis, 2015). He holds a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice (UTA -2013) and Bachelor of Business Administration (1972), and a member of Texas Municipal Police Officers Association. His research pursues two vectors – unbiased understanding of forensic DNA application and elevating the empirical nature of criminal investigations
The cyclical transformation of forensic science may be conceptualized as being similar to social transformation – from dissonance to integrity and transparency of enlightenment, to the status quo agendas of elitism, to dissonance as reality interjects its trinity – integrity, transparency and truth –a precursor to its renaissance (rebirth). The original gestation of forensic science was approximately two and a half centuries. Francis Bacon first planted the principled seeds of forensic science in the early 17th century as a heretic who dared to challenge the insular agendas of elitism with what is known as the “scientific method” to get as near the truth as possible. Though there were many previous contractions, the birth of forensic science was delivered with Dr. Alexandre Lacassange’s 1889 autopsy of an unidentified murder victim – Tussaint-Augustin Gouffé. Many forensic science disciplines flourished over the century reaching its pinnacle in 1989 with the DNA case of People v. Castro, when technology became reality’s truth crusader and DNA its guidon. As elitism took the leading role as forensic science’s protectorate, the status quo became an intractable obstacle to the implementation of innovative technologies. The dissonance among all forensic disciplines increased over years; not until 2009 and a National Academies of Science’s report did that discordance to the dais – excluding DNA. It would be an innocuous request for re-analysis of a DNA sample by a Texas District Attorney that would the catalyst for opening the leading the renaissance of forensic science and opening opportunities for future cutting edge technologies.