John Butler discusses the importance of bringing people together at forensic DNA conferences and shares handouts from a poster her presented in 1994.
Laura: Hi, we’re at ISHI 29 with the famous John Butler. John, can you please tell me a little bit about yourself, for those who don’t know? There aren’t many.
John: So, I’ve been in the field for about 25 years, and I started first working at the FBI Laboratory for my PhD, and that’s the first meeting for ISHI I went to in 1994. That’s my first opportunity to come to that, and this was my first poster. This is the handout I gave out in 1994. At that time, we were just describing how capillary electrophoresis helped speed up the process.
Laura: And things are changing so rapidly every year.
John: I’m just grateful that [Bill] had the vision for establishing a community like this. I think the more that people embrace the chance to come together and work together, we can make the future better for the field. I hope it goes on for many, many years. There’s always other conferences, but I think this is certainly grown to be the biggest one certainly in the United States, and I think probably the world, in terms of bringing people together to discuss these important topics. So, I think as we go forward, we want to keep that engagement, where we’re really discussing things. Getting to know one another better and going forward to effectively help people.
Laura: Absolutely. Thank you so much, we really appreciate it.
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