The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, changed so much of American life in the coming years, exposing major security vulnerabilities but also bolstering international coordination, crisis planning and mass disaster response.

Strategies and methods developed at Ground Zero in the days following Sept. 11 now benefit forensic labs around the world. That’s according to Kathleen Corrado, executive director of the Forensic and National Security Science Institute (FNSSI) in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Kathleen Corrado, director of Syracuse University’s Forensic and National Security Science Institute

She has more than 25 years of experience in forensic biology and DNA testing and has spent the last two decades directing a full-service crime laboratory.

Corrado answers five questions below about how the terrorist attacks and the massive search, rescue and recovery efforts that followed impacted the greater…

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