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TOP FORENSIC PROFESSIONALS GATHER AT CEDAR CREST COLLEGE TO PRESENT ADVANCES IN THE FIELDVariety of Forensic Science Notables Highlight Schedule for 5th Annual Forensic Science Symposium

Allentown, PA (February 28, 2007) - National experts in the field of forensic science will gather at Cedar Crest College's 5th Annual Forensic Science Symposium on March 24, 2007 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the College's Oberkotter 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 new job opportunities and record student interest in forensic science.  This year's symposium covers a wide array of topics with presentations from forensic science notables including Dr. Mechthild Prinz (Director of the Department of Forensic Biology at the New York City Medical Examiner's Office), Elizabeth Ziolkowski (Boston Police Department Forensic Science Laboratory) and Matthew Hensel (Senior Editor of Court TV's Forensic Files).

"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," says Dr. Lawrence Quarino, director of the forensic program at Cedar Crest College.

Of the 60 forensic science undergraduate programs in the U.S., Cedar Crest College is one of only ten programs to be awarded full accreditation by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).  The forensic science program at Cedar Crest College is designed to give the necessary foundation along with areas that are unique to scientific investigation.  Students are introduced to the use of the scientific method at a crime scene and in the examination of physical evidence.  The program also introduces students to techniques typically used in scientific investigation such as photography, microscopy and DNA typing methods.  Students also examine professional issues such as ethics, expert testimony and rules governing the admissibility of scientific evidence in the courtroom.  The program will expand to include a Master of Forensic Science in fall 2007 (*pending approval).

A list of presentations follows.  Admission to the symposium is $10 for non-Cedar Crest students and $15 for all other participants and registration is necessary.  For more information, please contact the Department of Chemical Sciences at 610-606-4666 ext. 3457.


Arson - Southampton, Long Island
James Peserik
James E. Peserki Associates
Coopersburg, PA

Future Developments in Forensic DNA Testing
Mechthild Prinz, Ph.D.
Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Director - Department of Forensic Biology
New York City

Latent Fingerprint Comparison
Investigator Andrew Kehm
City of Bethlehem Police Department
Crime Scene Investigation Unit

Sports Hydration
James Wesley
Forensic Chemist
Rochester, NY

The Violent Apprehension Program of the FBI
SSA Mike Harrigan
Federal Bureau of Investigations

Life after Cedar Crest
Melissa Smith '04
Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Director - Department of Forensic Biology
New York City

Practicing Forensic Science at the Boston Police Department Crime Laboratory
Elizabeth Ziolkowski
Boston Police Department Crime Laboratory

Court TV's Forensic Files
Matt Hansel
Senior Editor
Medstar Television
Allentown, PA

For media inquiries please contact the College Relations Office at 610.740.3790.




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