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Allentown, PA (February 26, 2009) - National experts in the field of forensic science will gather at Cedar Crest College’s 7th Annual Forensic Science Symposium on Saturday, March 21, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the College’s Pool Science Center to share presentations about a variety of topics and techniques related to forensic science. The event is sponsored by the Cedar Crest College Forensic Science Program and the Forensic Science Student Organization. 

High profile crimes in the headlines and popular culture fascination with the process of crime scene investigation are leading to expanding job opportunities and record student interest in forensic science. A variety of forensic science notables from around the nation will be participating in this year’s symposium, which will have a “women in forensic science” theme.

“This meeting continues to be a great opportunity for some of the foremost scientists in the field to share 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,” said Dr. Lawrence Quarino, director of the Forensic Science Program at Cedar Crest College.

Speakers for the Forensic Science Symposium include Dr. JoAnn Buscaglia from the FBI Research Laboratory, Cordelia Willis from the Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory in California, and Ellen Chapman from the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center in Chicago.  Noted author and scientist Max Houck from West Virginia University will also speak on how forensic science is used as a gateway for women to enter careers in science.

Of the 150 forensic science undergraduate programs in the U.S., only 12—including Cedar Crest—have been awarded full accreditation by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). The Forensic Science Program at Cedar Crest College, which includes undergraduate and master’s degree programs, is designed to provide the necessary foundation along with areas that are unique to scientific investigation.

Registration deadline is March 16. Admission to the symposium is $10 for non-Cedar Crest students and $15 for all other participants and registration is necessary. For information contact Dr. Lawrence Quarino, Forensic Science Program Director and FSSO advisor, at Laquarin@cedarcrest.edu or 610‑606‑4666 ext. 3567, or Jennifer Smith, symposium chair, at Jrsmith@cedarcrest.edu. For directions go to  www.cedarcrest.edu.


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