Fairfield, OH (PRWEB) October 01, 2013
DDC (DNA Diagnostics Center), the largest provider of private DNA paternity and other DNA tests in the United States and around the world, announced today the "DDC Next Big Science Thinker" $5,000 college merit scholarship, which will be awarded to an undergraduate science major or a pre-med student. The announcement comes in tandem with the 25th anniversary of DNA evidence being used in the courtroom. Dr. Michael Baird, DDC’s Chief Science Officer and the country’s first expert to cite DNA in a high profile trial, will choose the winner.
Beginning Monday, October 1st 2013, applications will be accepted through the company’s website, http://www.dnacenter.com/scholarship, and submissions will close Wednesday, March 1, 2014. Interested undergraduate students specializing in science will be asked to answer the following question in 800 words or less: "In what direction do you think DNA research will go in the next 10 years, and what most excites you about it?" The winner will be notified by mail no later than Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
Dr. Michael Baird proclaimed, "We are thrilled to announce ‘DDC’s Next Big Science Thinker’ merit scholarship in the hopes of attracting new talent to this ever-evolving field. What better way to help a young person achieve their career goals than with a boost to their education fund? I look forward to reading some great essays from the next big science thinker!"
About Dr. Baird:
Dr. Michael Baird, Chief Science Officer of DDC, is considered the country’s foremost expert in DNA and paternity testing, and was the first person to testify in a criminal DNA case in the US, and since 1987, has been involved in more than 300 court cases involving DNA and paternity. He is currently the Chair of the Relationship Testing Committee of the AABB responsible for developing standards for paternity testing. Dr. Baird has authored or coauthored over 50 peer reviewed scientific articles involving DNA identification analysis. He was an on-air consultant for NBC during the OJ Simpson trial and the DNA expert in the highly publicized paternity case of Dannielynn, the daughter of Anna Nicole Smith. Dr. Baird received his BA in Biology from Drew University in 1971, his MA in Biology from the State University of New York in 1973, and earned his PhD in Genetics from the University of Chicago in 1978.
About DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC):
DDC is one of the largest DNA testing companies in the world. Founded 19 years ago, DDC offers comprehensive DNA testing services for paternity and other family relationships, forensics, cell line authentication, and ancestry. DDC receives more than 800,000 consumer calls each year, and performs 500,000 DNA tests. The Company is known for its groundbreaking technologies, including an exclusive license for the most innovative and accurate non-invasive prenatal paternity test using SNP (single-nucleotide polymorphism) Microarray Technology, which only requires a simple blood draw from the mother and alleged father. DDC's unique Dual Process™ ensures all professionally collected DNA samples are independently tested twice producing legal results of unmatched quality and reliability. DDC is recognized through a number of accreditations nationally and internationally achieving perfect ratings in its past 16 inspections including those performed by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). DDC is also accredited by ACLASS to meet the standards of ISO 17025 and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board International and follows the DNA Advisory Board (DAB) guidelines, which attests to DDC's superior forensic testing service.