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Roger Koppl Receives Distinguished Faculty Award
Honored for Research and Scholarship
Madison, NJ, Sept. 29, 2003—Dr. Roger Koppl, professor of economics and finance at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham in Madison, NJ, has been honored with the university’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship.
The Millburn, NJ, resident is the author of “Big Players and the Economic Theory of Expectations.” His work—mostly on the “problem of expectations” in economics—has appeared in numerous books and scholarly journals. More recently, he has turned his attention to police forensics, a discipline he describes as being “in crisis.”
Citing false convictions in Texas and Illinois, Dr. Koppl argues that forensic scientists do not operate in an environment that encourages good science.
“They face the wrong incentives and pressures,” he says. “New technologies won’t solve this problem. The problem isn’t lab science, but social science.”
Dr. Koppl proposes a strategy that he calls “structured competition.” He recommends that competing forensic labs be established in any jurisdiction so evidence can be sent to multiple labs for analysis.
“This gives each lab an incentive to find the truth and apply rigorous scientific standards,” he says. “Structured competition would create conditions of forensic science similar to the conditions of pure science.”
In presenting the award, provost Kenneth Greene said, “Your analytical mind has benefited FDU students since you joined the university in 1988…. Like the best of scholars, you’ve widened the global discourse, forging an international reputation in your field.”
Dr. Koppl received his Ph.D in economics from Auburn University in 1988, an M.A. in economics from New York University in 1983, and a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Cleveland State University in 1980. Currently a visiting scholar in the Department of Economics at George Mason University in Virginia and at New York University, he also has been a visiting professor at the Copenhagen Business School.