Forensic Science


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Table of Contents

1. Forensic Science and Observation
2. Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Collection
3. Hair Analysis
4. Fiber Analysis
5. Forensic Botany
6. Fingerprint Analysis
7. DNA Profiling
8. Blood and Blood Spatter
9. Forensic Toxicology
10. Handwriting Analysis, Forgery, and Counterfeiting
11. Forensic Entomology
12. Death: Manner, Mechanism, Cause
13. Soil Examination
14. Forensic Anthropology
15. Glass Evidence
16. Casts and Impressions
17. Tool Marks
18. Firearms and Ballistics
Capstone Projects:
Project 1 Physical Evidence: Case Studies
Project 2 Personal Evidence Portfolio
Project 3 How Reliable is the Evidence?
Project 4 Acceptance of Evidence: Landmark Cases
Project 5 Forensic Science on TV: Analyzing a Show Episode
Project 6 Forensic Dumpster Diving: What Garbage Can Tell Us
Project 7 Crime Scene Development and Processing (Mock)
Project 8 How to Read Calipers
Project 9 Gravesite Excavation
Project 10 Career Exploration
Appendix A - Table of Sines
Appendix B - Table of Tangents
Appendix C - Celsius�Fahrenheit Conversion Table

About the Author

Anthony (Bud) Bertino taught high school and community college science to students for over 40 years. He has taught biology, chemistry, physical science, ecology, and AP Biology and has served as a science supervisor at Canandaigua Academy. His awards include Outstanding Biology Teacher (NY, NABT), Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Award, Tandy Scholars� Award, and Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Rochester. He has served as an AP Biology reader, consultant, and trainer for the College Board presenting week-long workshops around the country. Bud has presented week-long coursework for John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) program and has served as an adjunct professor at Finger Lakes Community College and as a clinical supervisor for both the University of Albany (NY) Graduate School of Education and the College of St. Rose. Bud has been an attendee, curriculum developer, and presenter for the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers (CIBT) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He is co-author of �Where�s the CAT,� and author of �The Cookie Jar Mystery� (forensic activities for elementary and afterschool programs). His activities on money-saving techniques have been published in The Science Teacher (NSTA publication) and The Forensic Teacher magazine. Patricia Nolan Bertino taught high school science for over 34 years at Scotia- Glenville High School. She developed curricula and taught high school biology and forensic science biology. Her awards include Outstanding Biology Teacher (NY, NABT), Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Award, and the Tandy Scholars� Award. She served as a scientific consultant for Video Discovery, Neo Sci, Prentice Hall Biology Review books, and several other publishers. Patricia has had numerous articles published in magazines including the NSTA Reports, STANYS Science Bulletin, The Forensic Teacher, and Women in Engineering. Patricia attended, developed curricula, and was a frequent presenter for the Cornell Institute of Biology Teachers (CIBT) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Patricia�s professional involvement includes memberships in numerous professional organizations. She served as a corresponding secretary for her local teacher�s union and served as the Subject Area Representative in Biology for the Eastern section of Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS).

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