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Associate Dean receives distinguished service award from Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – David H. Kaye, associate dean for research, Distinguished Professor of Law, and Weiss Family Faculty Scholar, was recently honored by the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science with a Distinguished Individual Service Award. The award was created this year to recognize outstanding and extraordinary efforts in the furtherance of the OSAC mission and objectives.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology established OSAC in 2014 to enhance standards for forensic science, and Professor Kaye was one of ten lawyers picked for the organization’s Legal Resource Committee. This year, six out of the nearly 600 OSAC members were selected for individual awards. The Hon. Christopher J. Plourd, a presiding judge of the Superior Court of California and chair of the Legal Resource Committee, nominated Kaye for the honor.

“David Kaye over the past three years has provided invaluable service to the OSAC overall and in particular to the Legal Resource Committee,” said Plourd. “David has been highly productive to the LRC in terms of critically reviewing standards, providing valuable advice to the subcommittees as well as suggesting consensus based modifications to documents so as to enhance their value for eventual inclusion on the OSAC registry. He is most highly deserving of the Distinguished Individual Service Award.”

Kaye is an expert on scientific evidence and statistics in law. He holds degrees from MIT, Harvard, and Yale universities. His publications include 11 books and more than 170 articles and letters in journals of law, philosophy, psychology, medicine, genetics, and statistics. He has taught evidence, law and science, criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, torts, law and economics, legal philosophy, and international human rights law.

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