RALEIGH, N.C. – Dr. Billy L. Oliver, research center director for the Office of State Archaeology, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, and an adjunct assistant professor in the department of sociology and anthropology, N.C. State University, has been elected to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) as an associate member in the General Section.
Oliver’s election to the academy was based upon scholarly achievements, contributions to the field of forensic sciences and professional assistance with more than 60 homicide investigations. Oliver has worked high profile cases such as Sgt. Terry Lee Webb, Cynthia Bonita Moreland, Julie Michelle Bullard, Elizabeth Smallwood and others. Additionally, Oliver organized the N.C. Program for Forensic Sciences, a consortium of scientific experts providing a world-class Forensic Science Institute at N.C. State University in 2001. This emerging multidisciplinary program has been awarded $2.6 million in federal research grants in the past 18 months.
“This is quite an honor and acknowledgement of Dr. Oliver’s expertise and contributions to the field,” says Secretary of Cultural Resources Linda Carlisle.
The American Academy of Forensic Science is the world’s most prestigious forensic science organization with 6,000 members worldwide and the objective to advance science and its application in the medicolegal system.
Oliver was awarded the bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and the master’s and doctoral degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill.
For additional information about the N.C. Program in Forensic Sciences or the N.C. Office of State Archaeology Research Center, contact Oliver at (919) 715-5599 or view the Web site at www.ncforensics.org. The Office of State Archaeology is within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.
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