Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

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Forensic Professionals Explore Advances in the Field at Cedar Crest College's
2nd Annual Forensic Science Symposium

Allentown, PA (March 15, 2004) - The Cedar Crest College Chemistry Department will hold its 2nd Annual Forensic Science Symposium this Saturday, March 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Room 136 of the College's Pool Science Center. Forensic scientists from throughout the region will gather at the College to share knowledge on the advances in the forensic science field with other scientists, college students and those interested in the field of forensics.

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. As a result, Cedar Crest's forensic science program is leading to record enrollment for the College. This year, more than 60 percent of Cedar Crest's new students are studying in the College's science programs. The forensic science program alone has generated interest from 20 percent of the new students.

"Forensic science is very popular because of the current culture, but it also allows students to look at science from an applied sense," says Dr. Lawrence Quarino, Director if the College's program who coordinated this weekend's symposium. "It is very difficult to look at science theoretically or abstractly, but here we apply science to a practical purpose."

Dr. Quarino joined the Cedar Crest College Chemistry Department last fall after obtaining 14 years of professional experience, including 11 years as a supervising forensic scientist at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. He holds a doctorate from the City University of New York in Forensic Science and is a fellow with both the American Academy of Forensic Science and the American Board of Criminalistics.

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 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 forensic science program at Cedar Crest has also been awarded provisional accreditation by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Of the 60 forensic science undergraduate programs in the U.S., only six (including Cedar Crest) have received this accreditation.



2nd Annual Cedar Crest College Forensic Science Symposium


8:30 - 9:00 The Role of a Forensic Scientist
Brian Gestring, Criminalist
Pace University

9:00 - 10:00 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Ralph Ristenbatt III, Forensic Analysis Reconstruction Team
Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York City

10:00 - 11:00 The Role of a Forensic Anthropologist
Donna Fontana, Forensic Anthropologist
New Jersey State Police

11:00 - 11:45 What is a Forensic Document?
James Horan, MS, MPA
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

1:00 - 2:00 Forensic Toxicology of Drugs and Alcohol
Richard Saferstein, Ph.D., Forensic Consultant
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey

2:00 - 3:00 What is a Forensic Nurse?
Mary-Helen Scales, RN, CEN, Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner
Doylestown Hospital

3:00 - 4:00 Emerging Technology and Techniques in a DNA Laboratory
Dan Cheswick, BS
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, New York City

4:00 - 4:45 Forensic Pathology Associates
Dr. Samuel Land, MD, Pathologist
Lehigh Valley Hospital

Members of the media are invited to attend any of the scheduled sessions. Advanced registration for the general public is recommended. The registration fee is $15 and can be paid at the door. For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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