Marshall University professors bring forensic science to high school scientists at West Virginia Youth Science Camp
Marshall University faculty brought forensic science to high school student scientists from across West Virginia attending the West Virginia Youth Science Camp last Thursday at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley.
Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the Marshall University Forensic Science Center, and John Sammons, an assistant professor in Marshall's Integrated Science and Technology Department, were invited to address the students as visiting scientists at the 2nd Annual West Virginia Youth Science Camp. The summer camp began Sunday, July 15, and ended Saturday, July 28.
Fenger's interactive presentation involved placing the students in the role of Sherlock Holmes to assess whether evidence found at a crime scene was from the victim, a possible perpetrator of the crime or someone not related to the crime scene. "It was a pleasure interacting with such inquiring, bright young individuals," he said. "I explained that crime today is being facilitated more and more with technology," Sammons said. "It's not just identity theft and child pornography. Traditional crimes such as robbery, burglary and murder also generate digital evidence."
The West Virginia Youth Science Camp is made possible through a partnership between the National Youth Science Foundation and the West Virginia Department of Education. The two-week program offers lectures, hands-on directed studies by visiting scientists and educators and outdoor activities.