Monthly Institute Rapid and Occasional
"Two Column" News for
March - April 2015
COLUMN 1 NEWS March 24, 2015
THE INSTITUTE EXPANDS WITH ISSUE NO. 2 OUR JOURNAL, SCIENCE IN THE COURTROOM.
(The Journal may be accessed by going to the web site menu bar, above, and clicking on "Journal: Science in the Courtroom." )
SCIENCE IN THE COURTROOM, a case-related, open access publication for judges of trial and appellate courts, has added Issue No. 2, three original articles that build the theme, "Mental Approaches to Aggression and Violence."
Three articles introduce new perspectives on causative factors that may contribute to violent criminal acts.
Drs. Wolf and Koenigs from the University of Wisconsin Madison review the state of neuroimaging science and technology.
Drs. Viding and Jaffee from the University of London and the University of Pennsylvania review the genomic contribution to heritable violence.
Drs. Vitacco, Shirtcliff, Johnson and Dismukes - Georgia Regents University, Iowa State University, University of California Berkeley and University of New Orleans, respectively - introduce hormonal and chemical influence on brain function as measurable brain-state indicators.
Volume 1 does not assume the validity of such scientific reviews, but we have confidence that judges will hear case-related claims. These articles, curated by Dr. Stuart F. White, provide a balanced background perspective. Hon. Deborah Daniels of the Missouri Circuit Court augments that balance with an introduction that both tempers and applies the scientific information with the courtroom's context.
Volume 1 is oriented to illuminate several questions: What is the state of the scientific discovery about the brains of violent and aggressively injurious persons? To what extent can indicators of violence-fueled, harmful conduct be predicted? What tools currently are available to assess the risk that violent potentials will be actualized; and what treatments can be applied?
Issues 3, 4, and 5 will be published through June of this year.
COLUMN 2 NEWS April 1, 2015
THE INSTITUTE'S BOARD AT ITS ANNUAL MEETING ELECTS NEW DIRECTORS; AUTHORIZES TRUSTEES FOR THE NCSI CENTER FOR FINANCE; AND ADOPTS A FOUR-TIERED EDUCATIONAL FORMAT
The NCSI Board of Directors convened its annual meeting on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Washington, DC and enacted measures to improve the Institute's programs, publications, and finances.
In adopting President Robert M. Bell's annual report, the Board established four program tiers - (1) Boot Camp and Occasional Programs; (2) Evidence Management Certification Programs; (3) NCSI's 120 hour Fellowship Curriculum; (4) Advanced earned degree programs. Following the Board meeting, a Workshop explored standards for certification with leadership provided by Hon. Cheryl Johnson, Workshop Chair, and with the active participation of Hon. Richard A. Dollinger, Hon. Zel M. Fischer, Hon. Patrick A. Pirtle, and Hon. Ronald A. Silkworth. A Workshop report is underway and will be published by the end of June 2015.
The Board's 31 positions have been filled with new elections, leaving only one vacancy.
The Board elected as Directors, Hon. Herbert B. Dixon, DC Superior Court, Washington; Hon. Robert N. McDonald, Court of Appeals of Maryland, Annapolis; and Dr. Franklin M. Zweig, President of Zweig Technology Associates, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The Board separated financial development from personnel and agreed to name five financial trustees to recruit gifts and contributions. The Board elected Director William R. Price, Esq. as Chair of the Center for Finance and Development.
The Board endorsed filling out open three-year positions on the Board of Scientific Advisers and the President has appointed science advisers, listing following the Directors' roster.
Finally, the Board elected Dr. Franklin M. Zweig as an Officer (Associate Vice President for Programs, Publications and Finance) for a two year period.