Curricular and career changes catalyzed by a CWCS forensic science workshop


M. Scott Goodman, Peter J Bush

Author Affiliation: 

Buffalo State College





The presenting author attended a CWCS forensic workshop at Williams College in Summer 2002. This experience directly resulted in the funding of a NSF-CCLI (A&I) proposal. The funding allowed the purchase of new equipment and the full implementation of a new upper-level course (Forensic Chemistry Laboratory). This course covers many of the topics presented at the CWCS workshop, but at a level suitable for senior-level forensic chemistry students. Among the many laboratory activities in the new course, students perform STR analysis of their own DNA, drug analysis, and arson analysis. Since attending the CWCS workshop, the presenting author has also become more involved in the research side of the field of forensic science. Research results on the utility of Scanning Electron Microscopy for the examination of fired cartridge cases, bullets, and other tool marks will be presented.