Announcements & News

March 2010

MU forensic chemistry professor named to editorial board

Dr. J. Graham Rankin, associate professor of the Marshall University forensic science graduate program, has been named to the editorial board of the Journal of ASTM International.

One of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world, ASTM International is a source for technical standards for materials, products, systems and services.

A forensic chemist, Rankin will serve as associate editor of the journal’s Medical, Health, and Safety section, which is expanding its coverage of forensic science. He brings to the position experience with developing new standards and improving existing ones. He incorporates ASTM standard methods in his teaching and research, and also serves on several ASTM committees, including Forensic Science, Homeland Security Applications and Environmental Standards. He is the co-chairman of the Criminalistics subcommittee, which develops standard methods used by forensic laboratories around the world.

Rankin says he looks forward to making contributions to the journal.

“As associate editor, I will be soliciting peer reviewers who judge the manuscript as appropriate for the journal, the quality of the research reported, clarity of the text, figures and tables, and overall completeness of the work,” he said.

At the recent Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting in Seattle, WA, Rankin networked with the organization’s members in preparation for development of a future special issue on forensics.