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Forensic Advisory Board

The North Carolina Forensic Science Advisory Board is a group of scientists who help advise the North Carolina State Crime Lab.  The board reviews Crime Lab operations and makes recommendations on new programs, methods of testing and qualifications for forensic scientists working in the lab.

The board is made up of 18 members, including the director of the State Crime Lab.  The remaining members are scientists appointed by the Attorney General.

Members of the Forensic Science Advisory Board named in 2012 are:

  • Mr. Peter M. Marone (Chairman),  Former Laboratory Director, Virginia Department of Forensic Science (retired)
  • Dr. Michael Coble (Vice Chairman), Forensic Biologist, Biochemical Science Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Mr. Kermit B. Channell, II, Executive Director, Arkansas State Crime Laboratory
  • Dr. Tracey D. Cruz, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Forensic Science, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Roger Kahn, Director, Harris County (TX) Institute of Forensic Sciences Forensic Biology Laboratory
  • Dr. David Hinks, Director, Forensic Sciences Institute, North Carolina State University
  • Judge Joseph R. John, Sr., Director, North Carolina State Crime Laboratory
  • Ms. Amanda Julian, Forensic Quality Manager, Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Ms. Alka B. Lohmann, Director of Technical Services, Virginia Department of Forensic Science
  • Dr. Bruce R. McCord, Chair, Analytical/Forensic Chemistry Department, Florida International University
  • Dr. Christopher S. Palenik, Vice President and Research Microscopist, Microtrace (IL)
  • Ms. Bethany P. Pridgen, Director, Wilmington Police Department Crime Laboratory
  • Dr. Peter R. Stout, Senior Research Forensic Scientist, RTI Center for Forensic Science
  • Dr. Deborah Radisch, North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner
  • Mr. Ronald Singer, Director, Tarrant County (TX) Medical Examiner's Office Criminalistics Laboratories
  • Dr. Leonard Stefanski, Drexel Professor of Statistics, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Robert Eugene Zipf, Jr,  Pathologist (Retired)

Members appointed to the inaugural board will serve terms of two to four years each. 

The Forensic Science Advisory Board meets quarterly.  The next meeting will take place starting at 9:00 AM on January 28, 2014 at the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory, 121 East Tryon Road in Raleigh.

See links below for minutes from the previous Forensic Science Advisory Board meetings.

April 20, 2012
May 30, 2012
May 31, 2012
September 9, 2012
January 15, 2013
July 16, 2013

Read about the first-ever meeting of the Forensic Science Advisory Board.