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What happens if the forensic job isn't the right fit?

The other day, I was part of a round table discussion group of forensic experts fielding questions from students in various stages of their forensic career journey. Some had completed their 4-year degree, some were in the middle of their degree, and still, others were looking to decide what...

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Student Question: Death Investigations

For this month, I wanted to bring attention to a great podcast from CoronerTalk.com. If you don't know this site, it is run by my good friend and professional colleague, Darren Dake. In this episode, he highlights a conversation he had with a student of the Medico-Legal Death Academy where...

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Student Question: How do investigators determine what's important to the crime scene?

Happy 2021! To start the first blog of 2021, I wanted to answer this student question: How do crime scene investigators determine what object or evidence is important to the crime scene? It is nearly impossible to document and list all the objects/evidence that could be conceivably important...

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Resources and Tips--December 2020

The end of 2020 is fast approaching! To say the least, it's been a challenging time for everyone. For the end of the year newsletter, I wanted to list a few resources and training tips you may find interesting. I included a little bit of everything--from burned bones to ballistics to landing an...

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Pivoting to Online Training

Last month, Rutgers University published an article about the benefits of teaching forensic science online. I posted the article on my Twitter feed and the two forensic science Facebook pages/groups I manage. The article describes how incorporating hands-on training in online courses results...

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Sound-Related Safety Issues for CSIs

Recently, we offered a 2-week online course about the many challenges and risks crime scene investigators face. We covered environmental, scene, and chemical hazards investigators and first-responders encounter at scenes. One of the environmental risks includes sounds. The non-forensic...

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What to do when you have a shooting scene?

Recovery of bullets is very crucial when investigating scenes involving ballistics. From handguns to rifles to shotguns, each gun has its own characteristics and patterns of wounds. To recreate a scene, tracing bullet trajectory can reveal from what direction the bullet was fired, if the...

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COVID19, Training, and Starting (or Finishing) Your Degree

With COVID19, I thought it would worthwhile to revisit a blog post from 2017 about the importance of training and obtaining a degree with the restrictions given our current climate. There are many training programs that are pivoting to offer their hands-on training to an online format. I...

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All about latent prints!

Let’s talk about latent prints. Latent prints are a reproduction of the friction skin left on an object when touched. The print must be developed or made visible by using latent print powders or chemicals. Friction skin is the ridge detail or lines which appear on the underside of the...

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The Role of Biological Evidence in an Investigation

Student question: What is biological evidence and how does it help in an investigation? In a nutshell, biological evidence can be any substance from a human source providing personal identification of that source. The power behind biological evidence is its use in identifying victims or...

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