Original Release Date: November 13, 2018
In episode two of our Forensic Advancement season, Just Science interviews Dr. Cecelia Crouse, formerly the Crime Laboratory Director of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, about the 2009 National Academy of Sciences' report. The conversation also dives into Dr. Crouse’s experience, leadership, and differences between science in academic and forensic laboratories.
This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].
Dr. Cecelia Crouse is currently the Crime Laboratory Director of the ASCLD-LAB ISO-17025 accredited Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Crime Laboratory. She has been with the PBSO laboratory for 21 years including sixteen years as the Manager of the Forensic Biology Unit. She received a B.S. from Michigan State University and Ph.D. from the University of Miami, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and conducted a Post-doctoral Virology Fellowship in the Department of Ophthalmology of the UM Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Crouse was a Plant Genetics Research Associate with Eli Lilly and Company. Dr. Crouse has authored or co-authored over forty scientific manuscripts and invited book chapters. Research and forensic validation studies have been presented at over sixty meetings both nationally and internationally. Dr. Crouse has been a past or present member of the following: Accreditation and Certification Interagency Working Group (IWG) under the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee (NSTC) on Forensic Science, Florida Association of Crime Laboratory Directors, United States American Prosecutors Research Institute DNA Faculty Member, Attorney General Janet Reno’s Laboratory Funding Group for the National Commission for the Future of DNA Evidence, Attorney General John Ashcroft’s Attorney General’s Initiative on DNA Laboratory Analysis Backlog, the FBI Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis, National Institute of Justice DNA Technical Working Group, The National Institute Justice Advisory Board for DNA Expert Systems, Journal of Forensic Science Editorial Board, Department of Defense Quality Assurance Oversight Committee for the US Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, International Commission on Missing Persons Expert Panel Review Quality Assurance Quality Control as well as local and state committees and several law enforcement advisory boards.