Katelyn Gigl Presents at ISHI 2015
Recently I attended the International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) in Grapevine, Texas. My poster was titled “Direct Amplification of Blood Deposited on Substrates Commonly Encountered at Crime Scenes Using the PowerPlex Fusion and PowerPlex 18D Systems” and this was my first time presenting at a conference. I had the opportunity to speak with many forensic DNA professionals and researchers from all over the world about my research and got to network with them. All of the meals were provided and there were many exhibit booths to explore and see new human identification methods (as well as collect lots of free goodies). I also attended several presentations that were about the latest research and technologies in the field of forensic DNA. One of the presenters was Kirk Bloodsworth, who was the first person to be exonerated from a life sentence thanks to DNA. It was inspiring to hear his story and how thankful he was for scientists like us. The conference hosted an all you can eat and drink dance party, which was a lot of fun to attend with my fellow classmates. Attending this symposium was such a great opportunity thanks to the Penn State Forensic Science program, and I definitely hope to be able to attend again sometime in the future.