Precollege students will explore how the latest DNA and genetic testing and technologies can be used by law enforcement and medical examiners to identify the perpetrator of a crime, how dentists can use dental records to identify unknown murder victims, and how bite marks can be used to identify the perpetrator.
Cell biology, projectile physics surrounding blood splatter evidence, and anatomy all come into play in investigating crime scene evidence. In addition to examining a large variety of physical evidence, students perform a mock autopsy using fetal pig specimens. Students use the same incisions a forensic pathologist or medical examiner uses to conduct an autopsy on a human subject. Upon completion of the autopsy, students place all organs and connective tissue back into the body cavity and suture the Y incision closed using a curved suture needle and thread—much as a forensic pathologist would close a human subject. This academic high school program culminates in individual research papers and presentations. This program is great for gifted teens who love solving crimes with DNA science.
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'The program was a varied look into the outlets of forensic science and each day it was a new type of forensics, from thumb printing, and blood to glass and autopsies. Covered a lot of ground in three weeks. The teacher really made the course what it is with a very hands-on ‘learn by doing’ approach. He also had enough experience with the subject matter to make it an entertaining course to be in each day.'
'Forensic Pathology was a fun program. We did many hands-on projects that taught me about forensic science without making it feel like school. I especially liked learning about fingerprints, blood and hair/fiber samples and how they can be used in a case. I also really liked the shattered glass puzzles. Dr. Fox was a great teacher that made these three week really engaging and fun.'
'I liked the hands on experiences like the blood, shoe prints and meat decomposition.'
'I liked the things we went over and the labs we did. They are nice, accommodating and amazing.'
"I really loved the program and the teacher. Mr. Fox was an outstanding teacher and he had lots of engaging activities to do."
"I had so much fun in the forensics course. Dr. Fox did a great job of creating a balance between learning and fun, and he did an excellent job of reading his audience and adapting to our areas of curiosity."
"I love Fox our teacher. I loved forensics and learning more about it. I loved doing the pig autopsy."
“My teacher was amazing, he’s an amazing teacher who really taught me a lot. I enjoyed the people and my teacher. The class was so cool and made me even more interested in forensics."
"We learned about the processes used in forensic investigations. I found the material really interesting and Fox was a good teacher. He had the perfect balance between hands-on work and notes to keep us learning.”
“The forensics program was very fun and informative. Richard Fox made the experience very fun."