In Georgetown's Forensic Science Academy, you'll gain a firsthand look at the world of forensic science from professionals in the field—including investigators, detectives, crime scene technicians, and pathologists. Various exercises, class interaction, case studies, lectures, discussions mock crime scene creation, and examination have been developed to provide exposure to Criminal Forensic investigation. Test your critical thinking skills by identifying and interpreting the evidence as you explore the application of science and medicine in law enforcement. As a student in the Forensic Science Academy, you'll spend your day immersed in a blend of virtual lectures, hands-on activities, and group discussions. Throughout the course of the week, you'll have the opportunity to explore the following subject areas:.
ABO Blood Type Identification and Forensic Science (1900-1960)
Case Collection - National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS)
Forensic science , also known as criminalistics ,  is the application of science to criminal and civil laws , mainly—on the criminal side—during criminal investigation , as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure. Forensic scientists collect, preserve, and analyze scientific evidence during the course of an investigation. While some forensic scientists travel to the scene of the crime to collect the evidence themselves, others occupy a laboratory role, performing analysis on objects brought to them by other individuals. In addition to their laboratory role, forensic scientists testify as expert witnesses in both criminal and civil cases and can work for either the prosecution or the defense. While any field could technically be forensic , certain sections have developed over time to encompass the majority of forensically related cases. The former, forensic, relates to a discussion or examination performed in public.
You'll benefit from the expertise of our enthusiastic teaching staff who also conduct forensic science research and casework. Teaching takes place in the Centre for Forensic Science — a modern purpose-built laboratory for practical forensic training. It's equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for analysis of a wide range of evidence types.
Researchers in the field of hair analysis have known for at least two decades that test results for many chemical compounds remain positive for a considerable period of time after subjects have reported cessation of use. These findings were generally based on small sample populations or individual case studies. Within the last decade, hair analyses of larger populations have investigated the phenomenon of residual positives in abstinent individuals in order to determine the period of time required for various compounds to present negative hair test results at internationally accepted cutoff levels. Such data has primarily been used to establish guidelines for retesting former abusers of illicit drugs in order to evaluate claims of abstinence.