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Databite No. 68: Beth Bechky

working in a crime lab


February 4, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Data & Society
36 West 20th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY, 10011

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Beth Bechky presents Scientific Truth and Legal Proof: Working in a Crime Lab:

In this Databite, Beth Bechky will turn her lens of organizational ethnography on the workers handling DNA evidence in a crime lab. She will examine how doing science in the service of justice is influenced by advances in data and technology, shifting standards of evidence, and the social organization of the crime lab itself.

Beth is the Jacob B. Melnick Term Professor in the Department of Management and Organizations at the New York University Stern School of Business and holds a courtesy appointment in NYU’s Department of Sociology. Beth’s primary research interest is the micro-sociology of work, and she focuses her attention on interactions and dynamics at organizational and occupational boundaries.