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Forensic Science Careers

Workshop/Seminar: Career Exploration

Dec 14, 2010

Speaker(s): Gerald LaPorte, Policy Program Manager, Office of Investigative & Forensic Sciences, National Institute of Justice; Michael D. Coble, Forensic Biologist, Applied Genetics Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Moses S. Schanfield, Professor of Forensic Science and Anthropology, Department of Forensic Science, George Washington University at MVC; Dave Pauly, Professor of Applied Forensic Science, Methodist University, FBI National Academy - Session 195; Amy Wong, Director, Northern Laboratory, VA Department of Forensic Science; Lisa M. Calandro, Director, Forensic Science Applications, Applied Biosystems/Life Technologies
This event is recommended for: Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows.

Advances in scientific technologies used in examining crime scenes have turned forensic science into a rapidly growing career field that is in high demand.  The forensic sciences form a vital part of the justice system and offer a rewarding career in which an individual's love of science can be applied toward public health and safety.  Forensic scientists may work for the federal/state government, forensic laboratories, offices of the medical examiner/coroner, hospitals, universities, industrial forensics groups, toxicology laboratories, police departments, or as independent forensic science consultants.  This seminar will elucidate wide-ranging career options for those interested in pursuing a career in forensic science.  The panel consists of forensic scientists from fields such as government, academia, and industry, including scientists with working experience at the United States Secret Service Laboratory and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory. Attendees will also hear from a member of the famed Vidocq Society, an exclusive crime-solving organization, whose members collectively evaluate, investigate, and solve cold-case homicides and unsolved deaths officially brought to them.  This will be a unique opportunity to learn more about the exciting careers in forensic science and the paths taken by our panelists to get to their current positions.  This event is sponsored by FELCOM.

Note: This seminar will be videocast in real time and recorded for later viewing.  See