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Not All Evidence is Created Equal

The below is part of an ongoing audio series exploring why innocent people are convicted. The link is below as well as the transcript of the audio. https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/07/09/hallmarks-of-innocence-forensic-evidence Not all forensic sciences are created equal, and this...

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What is The Investigative Protocol?

Terri here. I was watching some Investigation Discovery episodes about murder cases and the episode I'm watching has do with the Pamela Smart case (she was accused and later convicted of murdering her husband in 1990). This led me to start thinking about the investigative protocol all agencies...

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Basic Crime Scene Photography--The Steps

This week's blog is inspired by a student's question about photography at crime scenes. Student Question: Is there a basic step by step process to capture exterior scenes when coming to a scene? Although each scene is different from others, basic photographic documentation can be broken...

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Technologies and Forensic Science

I'm sure you're aware of the role DNA genealogy played in the capture of The Golden State Killer (to read more, click here) but are you aware of the first case that used a 'family tree' now going to trial? Here's a bit about the case: Jay Cook’s battered, barely 21-year-old body was discovered...

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Following Your Passion

Graduations are all around! How often have you been told to follow your passion? Follow your dreams? Follow your heart? The problem I have with these statements is because they DO NOT make any sense. See, when you're a recent college graduate, sometimes the dream job you want requires...

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Let's Talk About Fingerprints

Let's talk about fingerprints. Fingerprints are considered permanent and no two fingerprints are the same. In fact, at the 12th week of gestation, the fingerprint ridges Fingerprints are the primary source of a person's identification (if available) used by law enforcement, forensic...

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Applying to Forensic Positions

I came across this great article at Fortune.com, describing the pros of applying to positions in which you are underqualified for is still a good choice . The article outlines the pros and cons of hiring recent grads who may have the soft skills but are not necessarily seen as the 'ideal...

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What type of evidence do you have?

Just wanted to pass along some information about the types of physical evidence. Physical evidence may come from a specific person, place, or thing. Most physical evidence may only be associated to a certain class or group. Individualization of physical evidence is unique. It can be directly...

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Welcome to Class 2019

Welcome Class 2019! Our Forensic Science Academy Class 2019 started April 6 and my staff and I were just as excited as our students! This year sees the Academy training hours increased by 50 hours. We've added ballistics, courtroom testimony, and forensic entomology. These three new training...

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Angela Gallop: A Modern Day Forensic Scientist

This week's blog post is by Kelly Arana, who is one of my students in the Criminalistics course I teach. I wanted to showcase her research paper. Enjoy! Thanks~Terri Angela Gallop: A Modern Day Forensic Scientist Angela Gallop is the true definition of what it means to be a forensic...

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