P403: Forensic science and investigation comes to Miami University
In June 2013 I participated in Larry Kaplan’s NSF/cCWCS-sponsored workshop on Forensic Science at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. The information and techniques learned there have been used to develop 1) an Introduction to Forensic Science course and laboratory (CHM 121/121L) as a liberal education course for non-science majors and as a required course for future Forensic Investigation majors and 2) Forensic Science and Laboratory (CHM 421/421L) as an upper division elective for chemistry majors and as a required course for future Forensic Science majors. Both courses and labs have received university approval. The Introduction to Forensic Science course and lab will be offered for the first time in Fall 2014; it was piloted as a special topic of CHM 111/111L Chemistry and Modern Society. These courses were developed as part of a new B.S. in Forensic Science and Investigation degree at Miami University Regional campuses. Attending the cCWCS Workshop gave credentials and detailed information for developing the new degree. It also prompted the dean to invest in new instrumentation for the forensic labs!