Speaker - Jay Aronson

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Jay Aronson is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Aronson's research and teaching focus on the interactions of science, technology, law, and human rights in criminal justice and post-conflict resolution contexts. His first book, entitled Genetic Witness: Science, Law, and Controversy in the Making of DNA Profiling, examines the development of forensic DNA analysis in the American legal system. He is also completing a series of articles that investigate the impact of recent scientific advances on notions of culpability, finality, and justice in criminal jurisprudence.

His current research project, which is partially funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, analyzes the increasing importance of science and technology (especially statistics and DNA profiling) in human rights investigations world-wide. He has already conducted research for this project in South Africa, and plans to make several visits to the former Yugoslavia over the next few years.

Dr. Aronson's other academic interests include: the role of democratic deliberation in science policy decision-making; the place of science and technology in economic and social development; and concepts of private and public property in the life sciences and biotechnology.

Dr. Aronson completed his Ph.D. in History of Science and Technology at University of Minnesota in 2003, and received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan in 1995. He was both a Pre-Doctoral (2001-2003) and Post-Doctoral Fellow (2003-2004) in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

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Advancing the New Machine: Database & Data Management

04.26.11 | 01:29:20 min | 0 comments