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10-14-2010

The CSI Effect: Television & Technology in the Courtroom at Clarkson University Science Cafe October 20

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"The CSI Effect: Television and Technology in the Courtroom" will be discussed by Clarkson University Mathematics Professor Aaron Luttman at the next Science Cafe at La Casbah, 6 Elm Street in Potsdam, on Wednesday, October 20, at 7:15 p.m. luttman

Over the past 15 years, television has been inundated with programs that focus on the science of solving crimes. Often those creating the programs misinterpret or embellish the actual state of forensic science, solving unsolvable problems within a matter of a few hours on the program.

This has led to a measured change in the way prosecutors and defense attorneys select juries, as it is believed that seeing the "fake" science on television has changed jurors� attitudes towards forensic evidence in actual cases. Jurors now want to see better scientific results than is actually realistically possible, because they have seen these good results on TV. This phenomenon is known as the "CSI Effect. "

Join Luttman as he discusses the current state of research on the CSI Effect, and uses a particular example to demonstrate the state of the art in forensic imaging and how it is represented on television and in the courtroom.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world�s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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