Forensic Science: The Basics (Hardcover)

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As forensic science continues to play a wider role in the investigation of crimes and apprehension of criminals, those without crime scene or crime lab training must now become familiar with the techniques and language of the forensic scientist. Avo...


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Jay Siegel is currently Director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from George Washington University. He worked for 3 years at the Virginia Bureau of Forensic Sciences, analyzing drugs, fire residues and trace evidence. From 1980 to 2004 he was professor of forensic chemistry and Director of the forensic science program at Michigan State University in the School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Siegel has testified over 200 times as an expert witness in 12 states, Federal Court and Military Court. He is Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, author of Forensic Science: A Beginner’s Guide and Fundamentals of Forensic Science and has over 30 publications in forensic science journals. In February 2009, he was named Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. In April 2009 he named the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award by his alma mater, George Washington University.

Kathy Mirakovits teaches forensic science and physics at Portage Northern High School in Portage, Michigan. She holds a Masters Degree in Science Education from Western Michigan University and a Bachelors Degree in Science Education from Miami University, and has over 10 graduate hours in Forensic Science. Kathy has also served as science department chairperson for six years at Portage Northern. She has taught at the high school level in Ohio, California and Michigan for almost 20 years, and during that time has taught general science, physical science, chemistry, biology, earth science and physics. Additionally, Kathy conducts workshops across the United States for teachers who wish to learn the application of forensic science in a school curriculum. She has developed numerous forensic science educational products for a national science supplier and has lead workshops at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) in forensic science. Kathy lead the teacher steering committee for the Forensic Science Educational Conference sponsored by the American Academy of Forensic Science at Michigan State University in August 2008.

Kathy has served as President of the Michigan Chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and has served as a curriculum writer for the Michigan Department of Education. Currently, Kathy serves as Director at Large for the Michigan Science Teachers Association. She has received the RadioShack Science Teaching Award and was a State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

As forensic science continues to play a wider role in the investigation of crimes and apprehension of criminals, those without crime scene or crime lab training must now become familiar with the techniques and language of the forensic scientist. Avoiding the complicated science and graphic violence typical of most forensic references, this book is written specifically for those without forensic science experience. While it provides a professional reference for those not steeped in the details of forensic science, the wealth of instructor material available for teachers and its pedagogical approach make this an ideal textbook for high school and introductory level courses.

Following up on the tremendously popular first edition, Forensic Science: The Basics, Second Edition now adds the insight of a new co-author who is known nationally for training instructors how to teach forensic science at all levels of education. The book takes readers from the initial evidence collection process, through the evaluation procedures, right up to and including the courtroom presentation.

Packed with case studies, photographs, and exercises, this book provides everything the non-scientist needs to be able to understand and utilize the vital research approaches that forensic science can offer.

"Test Yourself" questions at the end of each chapter familiarize you with the language and approaches needed to understand and communicate with experienced crime scene investigators and laboratory personnel.

Offering the forensic sciences at their most accessible, Forensic Science: The Basics, Second Edition is a valuable resource for detectives, journalists, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other non-science professionals who need to understand, interpret, and report on the newest advances in crime scene investigation.

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ISBN 9781420089028
Genre LAW / Forensic Science
Format Hardcover
Pages 505
Publisher Date 2010-03-09 00:00:00.0
Publisher CRC Pr I Llc
Copyright Year 2010
Height 11.0 in
Wdth 8.75 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 4.25 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Basics
Edition Number 2
Audience College/higher education
Authors Siegel, Jay A.

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