College to Host Forensic DNA Authority

Monday, March 21, 2011

Westminster College will host Albert (Buzz) Scherr, a nationally-recognized authority on forensic DNA evidence, for a biology seminar Monday, March 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the Phillips Lecture Hall of the Hoyt Science Resources Center.  The program is free and open to the public.

Scherr, a professor at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) School of Law, will speak on "Genes, Patents and Social Justice."

For more than two decades, Scherr has served as lead attorney in pre-trial hearings in cases of homicide, robbery, and sexual assault to determine the admissibility of forensic DNA evidence.  He has extensive experience as a trial and appellate lawyer, handling more than 40 homicide cases.

Scherr is a member of UNH's Social Justice Institute Advisory Council and was the principal investigator on a two-year National Institutes of Health grant to study genetics, police investigations, and Constitutional privacy.  He was recently named chair and president of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, having served on its board of directors for eight years and on the ACLU's national board of directors for five years.

His appearance is sponsored by Westminster's Department of Biology and Department of English and Public Relations.

Contact Westminster's Department of Biology at (724) 946-7206 for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


Albert (Buzz) Scherr