THe NIST Forensic Science Commission Lays an Egg with its Bitemark Study Group. Now its hatching.

OSAC Subcommittee on Ondontology (sic)

Odontology subcommittee

The original source of this NIST  information is here. 

Other than originally mis-spelling ODONTOLOGY, this NIST subcommittee (OSAC) on Forensic Dentistry should do well dealing with dental identification of unknown human remains, but in the bitemark arena, everyone should realize the bitemark identification group and certain of its allies compose the 63% of this panel. You can clearly exclude MARY BUSH from Buffalo as she has debunked the ABFO “bitemark science” in her ground-breaking research (partially funded by a forensic dental grant)  since 2007. She has also been publicly harassed by a bunch of the same ABFO members who are on this panel. The ABFOers will likely use their recently developed flow chart to assure their scientific certainties for bitemark IDs continue in US courts.

Politics is an amazing thing. I will highlight the panel members affiliated with the bitemark  believers in the following list. A smattering of them have been involved/or associated  as prosecution experts in cases where defendants have been exonerated despite bitemark opinions supporting conviction.  A larger subgroup has criticized the National Academy of Sciences report on bitemarks as being irrelevant for their particular area of expertise.

The NIST/OSAC/Odontology preamble about their task at hand says:

“The Subcommittee on Ondontology (sic) will focus on standards and guidelines related to application of dental science to the identification of unknown human remains and bite marks, using both physical and biological dental evidence. Initial members, appointed in October 2014, are:

Robert Barsley, D.D.S., Subcommittee Chair, Louisiana State University Health Science Center

Mary Bush, D.D.S., State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

Mary Cimrmancic, D.D.S., Marquette University

Lawrence Dobrin, D.D.S., Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York City

Carla Evans, D.D.S/Ph.D./D.M.Sc., University of Illinois at Chicago

Adam Freeman, D.D.S., Self Employed

James Lewis, D.M.D., Self Employed

Peter Loomis, D.D.S., New Mexico Office of the Medical Examiner

James McGivney, D.M.D., Self Employed

Roger Metcalf, D.D.S., Tarrant County (Texas) Medical Examiner’s District

Haskell Pitluck, retired circuit court judge, State of Illinois

David Senn, D.D.S., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Bexar County (Texas) Medical Examiner’s Office

Calvin Shirona, D.M.D., U.S. Department of Defense Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command

Sharon Stanford, American Dental Association

Brad Wing, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology

Franklin Wright, D.M.D., Self Employed



About csidds

Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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1 Response to THe NIST Forensic Science Commission Lays an Egg with its Bitemark Study Group. Now its hatching.

  1. csidds says:

    Reblogged this on FORENSICS in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends and commented:

    #AAFS2015 is over. WaPo’s Radley Balko (On his blog The Watch) has revealed this jury rigged bm committee appointed by the US governemt. Let’s see if the NIST managers make some corrections in favor of scientific principles.

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