Announcements & News

April 2010

Marshall University Forensic Science Program to host Forensic Science Research Day

The Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program will host its Forensic Science Research Day to showcase research conducted by graduate students during internships from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 23 at the MU Forensic Science Center. The event is open to the public.

Last summer, students worked in forensic laboratories across the country on research projects involving DNA analysis, forensic chemistry and forensic toxicology.

Several graduate students performed validations on new, state-of-the-art DNA analysis equipment in crime laboratories. Their work enabled the laboratories to begin using the equipment to process actual cases and improved laboratory efficiency because validation of equipment is required before usage. Students also validated DNA analysis kit products on equipment for laboratory implementation, enabling expansion forensic identification testing methods.

One of the graduate students who will present research from her internship is a Forensic DNA Analyst and CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) Convicted Offender Database Manager for the Forensic Biochemistry Section of the West Virginia State Police.

Poster reviewers include individuals from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Branch of the Foreign Service, West Virginia State Police, West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the Marshall University Forensic Science Center.

Internships were completed at the following forensic laboratories or law enforcement agencies: San Diego County Sheriff’s Crime Laboratory Forensic Biology Section, San Diego, Calif.; Kentucky State Police Central Laboratory, Frankfort, Ky.;  Austin Police Department DNA Unit, Austin, Texas; Wyoming State Crime Laboratory, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Biology Unit, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Washington State Patrol, Seattle, Wash.; West Virginia State Police Forensic DNA Laboratory, South Charleston, W.Va.; West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Charleston, W.Va.; and Marshall University Forensic Science Center Forensic Chemistry Laboratory.

The media is welcome to cover the event. Reporters should call Mary Thomasson at the Marshall University Forensic Science Center at 304-691-8961 to set up interviews, preferably earlier in the morning.