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Guest Lecture “Human Factor @NIST: Not just about bias” presented by Dr. Melissa Taylor from NIST

West Virginia University’s Department of Forensic and Investigative Science Forensic Graduate Seminar invites you to attend this guest lecture.
Melissa Taylor is a senior forensic science research manager within the Special Programs Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. Her work within the Forensic Science Program focuses primarily on impression and pattern evidence-related research, process mapping, and integrating human-factors principles into forensic sciences. Publications include: Forensic Handwriting Examination and Human Factors: Improving the Practice Through a Systems Approach, The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook: Best Practices for Evidence Handlers, and Latent Print Examination and Human Factors: Improving the Practice through a Systems Approach. Ms. Taylor has 15years in the forensic science industry including positions with Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, and as a consultant to the National Institute of Justice. Ms. Taylor is the study director for the Expert Working Group Series on Human Factors in Forensic Sciences and is an active member of the American Society for Quality, INTERPOL AFIS Expert Working Group, and International Association of Identification. She previously served as a member of the US Department of Justice National Commission on Forensic Science Human Factors Subcommittee and as co-chair of the White House Subcommittee on Forensic Sciences Latent Print AFIS Interoperability Task Force.


WHEN: Friday February 12th, 2021
TIME: noon (12-1pm EST)
LOCATION: online, via zoom (email Dr. Tatiana Trejos at for zoom link access)

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