'The CSI Effect' topic at next Science Café at La Casbah Wednesday
Monday, October 18, 2010 - 5:00 pm

POTSDAM – "The CSI Effect: Television and Technology in the Courtroom" will be discussed by Clarkson University Mathematics Professor Aaron Luttman at the next Science Café at La Casbah, 6 Elm St., Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7:15 p.m.

Over the past 15 years, television has been inundated with programs that focus on the science of solving crimes. Often those creating the programs misinterpret or embellish the actual state of forensic science, solving unsolvable problems within a matter of a few hours on the program.

This has led to a measured change in the way prosecutors and defense attorneys select juries, as it is believed that seeing the "fake" science on television has changed jurors' attitudes towards forensic evidence in actual cases. Jurors now want to see better scientific results than is actually realistically possible, because they have seen these good results on TV.

This phenomenon is known as the "CSI Effect. "

Join Luttman as he discusses the current state of research on the CSI Effect, and uses a particular example to demonstrate the state of the art in forensic imaging and how it is represented on television and in the courtroom.