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Does Your Resume Need a Revision?

Students are faced with the challenge of standing out from the sea of job applicants vying for the same (forensic) job position. These days it’s not uncommon to hear an agency with one job posting only to receive hundreds (yes, hundreds) of applicants. Also, it’s not unusual for a job posting to...

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DNA, The Golden State Killer, and Forensic Training Conference

I LOVE SCIENCE! I LOVE DNA! So it was a thrill to me to read about the use of genealogy and GEDmatch to help law enforcement help capture Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected Golden State Killer! Although I wasn't familiar with the case, I was familiar with the process of using DNA to...

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Job Burnout?

This week's blog post is from my good friend and colleague, Darren Dake, medico-legal investigator, forensic instructor, online instructor, and creator of CoronerTalk.com, a podcast devoted to the death investigators. I wanted to include his July post since this is a topic you should be aware of...

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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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