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TECHNOLOGY AND DISTANCE EDUCATION NEWS

June was a busy, collaborative month for the Directors of Research and Technology and Distance Education who helped spread the news about the NCSTL! We have presented at a conference, planned a display at another, co-produced an article, and have been working on the panel on which we will talk at the National Conference on Science, Technology and the Law. Here are some details:
In June we traveled to Ft. Lauderdale, FL for the CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) Conference to present “Mixing It Up with Forensic Science and Technology” which was chock full of information about the NCSTL. We also toured a college group around Stetson in Gulfport including the library assets and the programs that help define NCSTL’s activities.

We planned a NCSTL display for the AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) Conference held in St. Louis in July. In August, we produced an article for the September issue of The Forensic Teacher, a new magazine. The Director of Research is the author and the Director of Technology and Distance Education arranged the graphics.

We will be speaking together again on the Technology, Research in Education panel at the National Conference on Science, Technology and the Law held from November 2-5 at the beautiful Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg. This conference presents emerging trends in the use of scientific evidence in the courtroom. Given the explosion of scientific evidence litigation coupled with the “CSI Effect,” scientists, law enforcement, laboratory personnel, judges, and lawyers are overwhelmed by the amount of information required to educate them to meet these legal challenges. Recent studies have also demonstrated a need for more scientific information and education for jurists and attorneys. The conference is designed for criminal justice professionals, including prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, investigators, law enforcement, forensic scientists, the academic community (including psychologists, molecular biologists, and biotechnologists), and expert witnesses.

Additionally, the article written by Valerie Stewart, NCSTL Advisory Council Member and Dr. Susan Zucker, Director of Technology and Distance Education, “Sharing Knowledge to Promote Justice,” was reprinted in the Texas State Bar Association’s Government Lawyers Section Newsletter and distributed at the Texas State Bar Association meeting during the week of June 19, 2006 in Austin, Texas. The original article appeared in The Federal Bar Association publication, The Federal Lawyer, in August 2005.