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Mackenzie Pickford recieves grant from Eberly College of Science to pursue research
Forensic Science Club hosts successful nuclear fallout haunted house ahead of Halloween
New course being offered in Spring of 2018
ANTH/FRNSC 497 - Historic Forensic Identification
Forensic Science Club at Penn State & Theme Park Engineering Invite You to Experience their "Nuclear Fallout" Themed Haunted House
New Advanced Criminalistics: Crime Reconstruction Course added to Program Offerings
This course will explore the knowledge and methods relevant to the scientific reconstruction of crime. As a historical science, crime reconstruction will be compared and contrasted with experimental science and the utilization of the scientific method. Philosophical topics will include scientific inductivism and falsificationism, the two primary methods used to evaluate hypotheses, and other epistemological approaches to the pursuit of knowledge and truth. A significant portion of the course will be devoted to the knowledge and techniques necessary to identify and sequence discrete events that comprise incidents including the analysis of blood deposits, firearm evidence including ballistics, and other material and physical traces.
Dr. Holland to serve as Scientific Advisor to SoftGenetics after acquiring Mitotyping Technologies
August 18, 2017 - State College PA SoftGenetics announced that it has purchased the assets of Mitotyping Technologies, originally founded by Terry Melton, from Health Network laboratories of Allentown PA. The addition of Mitotyping Technologies furthers SoftGenetics goal of becoming a dominant source to the world-wide DNA forensic community, which in addition to Mitotyping Technologies includes software tools for STR Analysis, Mitochondrial and STR analysis of nextgeneration data and the soon to be released MaSTR™ continuous mixture probabilistic software
It Might Be Impossible to Get Away With Crime Some Day featuring former Penn State faculty, Jenifer Smith
A great article on the Forensic Sciences and the advancements that have made solving crimes easier than in the past, featuring Jennifer Smith. Jennifer Smith is a 23 year veteran of the FBI, was a former professor at Penn State in the Forensic Science Program and is now the Director of the Department of Forensic Sciences in Washington D.C.
Learning from the Best, A reflection by Marwan El Khoury on his time at Penn State working with Dr. Mitch Holland
During April-June of 2017, the Holland Lab at Penn State was fortunate to have a visiting scientist in their laboratory from Leicester, Marwan El Khoury, as part of the INTREPID Forensics program.
Dalí’s being dug up for a paternity test. But is his DNA intact?
A woman who has claimed to be Dalí’s daughter for over a decade has not given up. To support her contention, Pilar Abel has had two previous paternity tests performed — one with inconclusive results, another that allegedly never sent her results. Now a Spanish court has granted her request to have Dalí’s body exhumed from a crypt in Catalonia so a third test can be conducted.
Local women in STEM-related professions features Elena Zavala
WPSU Penn State’s “Women in Science Profiles” aims to inspire young women to enter STEM-related fields while dispelling misconceptions about STEM professionals and their lives.