cCWCS has broadened its scope of activities from running workshops geared for college and university faculty toward building vibrant communities of scholars in topical areas. Forensic science was the focus of the first session of the symposium, with presentations by members of the FSS community.
cCWCS Symposium - Session 1: Forensic Science Scholars
After attending a June 2005 NSF sponsored Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops and Communities of Scholars (cCWCS) forensic science workshop at Williams College a 3-credit (1-hour lecture, 3-hour laboratory) Introduction to Forensic Science (CHEM 105) was developed as a general education Group C (Science and Math) component for non-science majors. Further development of the course took place after attending a June 2009 cCWCS advanced forensic science workshop.
In the summer of 2011, chemistry professor Dr. Audra Sostarecz and math professor Dr.
Using the knowledge learned from the CWCS Forensics Science Workshop (2010) as a foundation, a new general education course “Introduction to Forensics Chemistry” was developed at Adams State College.
The Forensic Science program at Penn State was established on January 10, 2005 within the Eberly College of Science. Both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs are designed as comprehensive, scientifically rigorous programs that address all phases of the “forensic spectrum”; evidence collection, laboratory analysis, interpretation, and courtroom testimony. Both are accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Incorporation of principles of forensic science in introductory and organic chemistry in a community college curriculum
Principles of Forensic Science in Introductory College Chemistry as well as one year Organic Chemistry curriculum is being incorporated with a) lab experiments, b) lecture demonstration, c) science club seminar and d) research term paper assignment. Organic chemistry lab experiments include oxidation of alcohol and a seminar about legal aspects of tests for alcohol intoxication. Thin Layer Chromatography experiment of unknown drug is followed by a lecture demonstration of one-step cassette presumptive drug detection.
For the love of science: Using forensics as a tool for getting and keeping students of all ages engaged in the world around them
Forensic science provides an effective conduit that connects non-science students with scientific principles and laboratory practices without the students even realizing that they are engaged in a lab-based course. Incorporating many of the lab techniques, materials and topics from the CWCS Advanced Forensics Workshop, courses for first semester Freshmen, Summer Session Courses for all undergraduates as well as a Graduate Liberal Studies course for those returning to school have been developed for the Wesleyan curriculum.
“Fun with Forensic Chemistry” is a very popular summer camp for middle school students offered by the presenter who teaches at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. More ‘body’ has just been added to the camp curriculum! This is a result of the extensive experience gained from attending the 2009 Forensic Science Workshop sponsored by CWCS. New experiments for analyzing a variety of forensic evidence have been added and several activities using college-level scientific instruments (NMR, MS and IR) have been introduced. All have been well received by the camp
Problem-solving ability is an essential skill for an analytical chemist.