Forensic Science: Fact vs. Fiction
with Graham Rankin, PhD, professor Emeritus of forensic science at Marshall University
Forensic scientists are frequently portrayed on TV as some sort of “crime fighters”, going to crime scenes, gathering evidence, interviewing suspects, performing a wide variety of sophisticated tests and getting the suspects to confess, all in the space of 47 minutes. The real world of forensic science is quite different. In this presentation, you will learn about how real forensic scientists do real analyses, the training and experience required for the job and some interesting “war stories” about actual cases. Also the facts behind some media hype about the “latest drug menace”.
J. Graham Rankin recently moved to McMinnville after retirement as Professor of Forensic Science after nearly 20 years teaching at Marshall University, Huntington, WV. He holds doctorates in Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Oceanography. His research interests included developing new analytical methods for the analysis of fire debris, explosives and emerging drugs. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science, a member of the American Chemical Society, member of the Technical Working Group for Fire and Explosives (TWGFEX) and Advisory Committee for the Evaluation of Controlled Substance Analogs (ACECSA). He is currently a Visiting Professor at Western Oregon University and an independent forensic consultant, expert witness and trainer.
When he is not dealing with things that “burn down, blow up or get you high”, he is a gourmet cook, woodworker and musician. His current mission is to visit all the wineries in Oregon.
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