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Students investigate forensic workshop at MU

Nov. 16, 2013 @ 12:25 AM

HUNTINGTON — Fingerprinting, firearms and forensics altogether were part of the educational experience Friday morning at the Marshall University Forensic Science Crime Scene House for about 35 students from two area high schools.
Students from Fairview High School in Ashland and Notre Dame High School in Portsmouth attended the “C.S.I.: Huntington” event at the crime scene house located at 1524 5th Ave. in Huntington, less than a block away from Marshall’s main campus.
During the workshop, students participated in demonstrations and hands-on experiments including ballistics and firearms identification, latent print development, handwriting analysis, blood pattern analysis, outdoor crime scene investigations and digital forensics.
The workshops are hosted by members of Marshall’s chapter of the Master’s United Forensic Identification Association, a student organization comprised of forensic science graduate students.
About 30 forensic science graduate students assisted in the workshop.
Proceeds from the workshops go toward funding students’ attendance at the national meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in February 2014.
Funds also support students’ travel for internship and job interviews.
The workshops are open to middle and high school students as well as adults.
Teachers or other groups who are interested in participating in a C.S.I. workshop can contact Dr. Pam Staton, associate professor of forensic science, by calling 304-691-8962.



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