Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka and Buffalo City Judge E. Jeannette Ogden have been named Science and Technology Fellows by the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center.
The center runs a program to enhance judges’ knowledge of the fundamentals of science and forensic analysis.
The judges were recognized recently at a ceremony at the New York State Judicial Institite in White Plains.
Pietruszka attended the center’s Science Boot Camp and took courses on gene/environment interaction in health and disease, and on technologies for the detection of environmental crimes. Last year he presented his fellowship project on “Digital Forensic Evidence in Criminal Cases” to the judges of the 8th Judicial District, which covers the eight counties of Western New York.
Ogden attended the Science Boot Camp and took courses on genetic technologies, neuroscience, brain development and computer forensics.
Her fellowship project was a 90-minute science course for local criminal court judges and judges who preside over adolescent diversion courts. The title of the course was “Understanding Brain Development in Young Adults: Conduct and Culpability in Court.”