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Contact: Allison Goodin, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

TOP FORENSIC PROFESSIONALS GATHER AT CEDAR CREST COLLEGE TO PRESENT ADVANCES IN THE FIELD

Presentations of New Topics and Students' "CSU" Reality Show Experience Highlight Schedule for 6th Annual Forensic Science Symposium

Allentown, PA (February 29, 2008) - National experts in the field of forensic science will gather at Cedar Crest College's 6th Annual Forensic Science Symposium on March 29, 2008 from 8:00 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 new job opportunities and record student interest in forensic science.  This year's symposium covers a wide array of topics including subjects that have not been addressed at this event before such as Microbial Forensics and Forensic Photography.

"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 science program at Cedar Crest College.

In addition, two of the College's forensic science students will present a snapshot of their experience in filming a new Discovery Channel documentary/reality show called "CSU: Crime Scene University."  Kristen Allard '09, of Stafford Springs, CT, and Kassie Woodard '09, of Tomball, TX, were selected through a highly competitive process to appear on the show, which was taped at Penn State's main campus.  The show, scheduled to air this year, focuses on how science students are being educated to investigate crime scenes, as well as the importance of scientists on crime scenes.

Of the 150 forensic science undergraduate programs in the U.S., only twelve (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 is designed to provide the necessary foundation along with areas that are unique to scientific investigation. 

In the fall of 2007, Cedar Crest introduced The Master of Science in Forensic Science program, a full-time program designed to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century with the necessary theoretical and practical background in all areas of criminalistics; a meaningful forensic science research experience; and the opportunity to develop written and oral communication skills.

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 610-606-4666 ext. 3378 or forensic@cedarcrest.edu.

Presentations:

Wildlife Forensics: A Walk on the Wild Side
Jane Huffman, Ph.D.
Director of Wildlife DNA Laboratory
East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg, PA

Don't Just Say No.What the Drug Chemistry Analysts Do
Desiree Reid
New Jersey State Police East Regional Laboratory
Sea Girt, NH

Role of Forensic Anthropologist
Donna Fontana, M.S.
New Jersey State Police Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
Hamilton, NJ

A Staten Island Gangster Laid to Rest
Sheila Estacio Dennis, M.S.
Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Department of Forensic Biology
New York, NY

Microbial Forensics: A Primer from A to Z
Amy Reese, Ph.D.
Cedar Crest College
Department of Biological Sciences
Allentown, PA

Defining Mass Fatality Events: Katrina and the WTC Identification Effort in NYC
Robert Shaler, Ph.D.
Director of Forensic Science Program
Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA

More Than a Trace of Photography: The Critical Role of Forensic Photography in Trace Evidence and Impression Analysis
Ted Schwartz, M.S. and Keith Mancini
Westchester County Forensic Science Laboratory
Valhalla, NY

Crime Scene University
Kristen Allard '09 and Kassie Woodard '09
Cedar Crest College
Allentown, PA

For media inquiries please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

 

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