February 4, 2003
Zoghbi To Deliver NIH Director's Lecture, Feb. 12 in Masur
'Persist Until Success'
Former Virginia Governor Wilder Keynotes King Celebration
By Carla Garnett
'Welcome to CSIBethesda'
By Rich McManus
It's getting so that the world's bad guys had better earn their Ph.D.s
before they commit their crimes; a STEP Science for All session on
"Forensic Science: Unraveling the Riddles" showed not only that it's
harder to get away with bad deeds than ever before (the leadoff
speaker showed you can glean information simply from patterns of
spattered blood), but also that damning evidence persists long after
the misdeed, from minutes (Virginia's chief medical examiner
offered graphic evidence of postmortem rigor and livor) to months
(a scientist whose company specializes in DNa identification
reported on post-9/11 recovery efforts) to decades (an Army
scientist is teasing out the mysteries of why the 1918 influenza
pandemic was so virulent) to centuries (an authority on exhumations
detailed how a skeleton may speak).