Sept. 8: Common reading investigates DNA, forensic science

KempPULLMAN, Wash. – How the knowledge of DNA has evolved to take its place in forensic science will be discussed by Washington State University molecular anthropologist Brian Kemp at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in CUE 203 as part of a free, public, common reading talk.

The lecture ties to the WSU common reading book, “Just Mercy,” by Bryan Stevenson, which is used in students’ first-year and other classes in 2015-16.

Kemp delivered the first WSU common reading guest-expert lecture nine years ago.

just-mercyHe researches ancient human genetics, applying DNA research to evolution and improving methods for the recovery of genetic data from remains. An associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Biological Sciences, he has been at WSU since 2007.

With partners across many disciplines, the common reading program organizes a robust series of lectures, film showings and more about topics raised in the common reading book. It also sponsors the annual Common Reading Invited Lecture, which will bring author Stevenson to campus Dec. 1 in Beasley Coliseum.

Learn more at Nominations for the 2016-17 common reading will close Oct. 15; see


Karen Weathermon, WSU common reading, 509-335-5488,
Emma Epperly, WSU Undergraduate Education communications intern, 509-335-9458,