Gorbett to Serve as a Member on New Forensic Science Initiative

Gorbett to Serve as a Member on New Forensic Science Initiative

Greg Gorbett, associate professor in the Department of Fire Protection and Paramedicine Sciences at Eastern Kentucky Universityhas been selected to serve as a member of the Crime Scene/Death Investigation Scientific Area Committee’s (SAC’s) Fire Scene and Explosives Subcommittee within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). 

This subcommittee is formed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as part of the Department of Justice’s goal to “promote scientific validity, reduce fragmentation, and improve federal coordination of forensic science”.

In 2013, the Department of Justice established the National Commission on Forensic Science, in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to enhance the practice and improve the reliability of forensic science.  This partnership evolved in response to the National Academy of Sciences’ seminal work titled Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States-A Path Forward.

“This is a great honor to serve on a committee that is focused on increasing the reliability of the forensic science disciplines.  I believe this is a testament to the work that is being done in the Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation degree program here at EKU.”

Gorbett was featured as one of the nation’s “Top 15 Arson Investigation Professors” by ForensicsColleges.com. Also, in a “60 Minutes” segment on a deadly hotel fire that aired in 2013, Gorbett was cited as one of the nation’s “top five fire experts.” Also in 2013, FireScience.org named the EKU faculty member in its list of the Top 10 Fire Science Instructors in the South.

Gorbett also serves as coordinator of EKU’s Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation degree program. For more information on the program, visitfireandarsoninvestigation.eku.edu.

The appointment is nominally a three-year term but the initial terms will be staggered with members serving either a two-year, three-year or four-year term in order to facilitate a seamless transition of members in future years.

Information about OSAC can be found on the NIST website at http://www.nist.gov/forensics/osac.cfm.

Published on November 04, 2014