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Chelsea Roberts
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For Immediate Release
Contact: David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790

Cedar Crest College Hosts Symposium on Forensic Science in the Media

Allentown, Pa. (March 2, 2011)—CSI and other crime shows on television would have viewers believe that sophisticated crimes are routinely solved during the course of 60 minutes in prime time, but the reality rarely comes in such a neat package.


To help separate myths from facts, national forensic science experts and students will gather at Cedar Crest College’s Ninth Annual Forensic Science Symposium titled, “Fact or Fiction: Forensic Science in the Media,” on Saturday, March 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Oberkotter Building, room 1. The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the Cedar Crest College forensic science program and the Forensic Science Student Organization (FSSO). 

“There are some interesting portrayals of forensic science in the media, and this program will help debunk some of the myths commonly seen on television and in film,” said Larry Quarino, Ph.D., Cedar Crest College forensic science program chair. “This conference features many of the foremost scientists in the field who will share their knowledge and research not only with each other, but also with high school and college students, educators and other professionals in the community who have an active interest in forensic science.”

This year’s topics and speakers include:

  •  Drugs in Music and Movies: Take You Higher? Maybe”—James Wesley, M.S., Monroe County (Pa.) Public Safety Laboratory.
  • “From CIA to CSI: Applying Intelligence Community Tools to Forensic Science”—Lesley Rockwell, M.S., The Center for Intelligence Best Practices, Government Training Inc.
  • “Injury Biomechanics: How Did the Injury Occur?”—Michelle Heller, Ph.D., Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, Inc.
  • “Bouncing Bullets”—Peter Diaczuk, M.S., John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center.
  • “DNA: Reaching Beyond the Courtroom”—Nani M. Grimmer, Bode Technology.
  • “Buried at the Body Farm”—Amanda Battaglia, M.S., John Jay College of Forensic Science.
  • “Trace and Impression Evidence: Myths and Realities”—Ted Schwartz, M.S., Westchester County (N.Y.) Forensic Lab.

At the conclusion of the presentations, Cedar Crest College forensic science students will lead a panel discussion. Admission to the symposium is $10 for students who attend schools other than Cedar Crest and $15 for the general public. Registration is required and the deadline is March 10.

For information or to register contact Janine Kishbaugh, FSSO advisor, at 610‑606‑4661 ext. 3643, or


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Last Updated: 3/2/11