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Forensic Career Series: What is a Forensic Accountant?

What is Forensic Accounting? Well, if you've ever been involved in a legal setting which required financial records to be analyzed and summarized--especially with companies undergoing a financial change, such as a takeover, lawsuits, or even a division between business owners--by a forensic...

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Mini Courses--What You Need to Know

New Forensic Training Series: Mini Courses--What You Need to Know Where do you find the time to get forensic training? I understand you're stretched for time--family, pets, school, work--it all adds up to having a full plate and not enough time to tackle yet another commitment. If you can...

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I Quit. Now What?

I quit. I'm done. I'm tired. How many times have you said this to yourself because you're simply too tired of waiting for a break, a foot in the door, something to go your way...anything. So you decide to quit and go in a different non-forensic direction because you're done. Your forensic...

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Whorls--Fingerprint Patterns

This is part 3 in our 3 part series about the different fingerprint patterns. Whorls are the last classification group we will explore. Unlike loops and arches, whorls have 4 sub-classifications. Each sub-classification has it's own characteristics that set it apart from the other whorl...

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Arches--Fingerprint Pattern

This is part 2 in a series of 3 about fingerprint patterns. Last week's post introduced you to the loop. This post we will explore arches--both plain and tented. In arch patterns, the ridges of the finger run continuous from one side of the finger to the other with no recurving. There are...

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Loops--Fingerprint Pattern

The loop is the most often seen pattern in the world's population. These prints recurve back on themselves to form a loop shape. Divided into radial loops (pointing toward the radius bone, or thumb) and ulnar loops (pointing toward the ulna bone, or pinky), loops account for approximately 60...

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Fingerprint Basics: It's L.A.W.

No two people have the exact same fingerprints--no even identical twins. Because prints are so unique, they have been used as a primary source of personal identification in cases of mass disasters, criminal cases, biometrics processes, and even as unlocking your computer and phone. But why...

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LinkedIn Basics: Don't Be a Fake.

I simply love LinkedIn. In my opinion, it's the most powerful professional platform students can use in their favor. I tend to my LinkedIn profile on a daily basis (I highly recommend making this a habit so you can connect with forensic professionals and connect with other students who share...

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What is Forensic Pathology?

What is Forensic Pathology? Here's a breakdown of forensic pathology and the differences between general pathologists and forensic pathologists--a question I'm often asked. Forensic pathology is a specialized branch of medicine that applies the art and science of medicine to...

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What is a Criminalist?

Here's a question I receive often---- What is a Criminalist and what does a Criminalist do? Criminalists analyze, compare, identify, and interpret physical evidence, such a body fluids, DNA, fingerprint enhancements, tool marks, foot prints, shoe impressions, hair, glass, paint, and soil...

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