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VCU Department of Forensic Science Prospective Graduate Student Open House on Friday, November 12.

VCU Department of Forensic Science Prospective Graduate Student Open House on Friday, November 12.

October 21, 2021

Are you interested in obtaining an MS in Forensic Science at Virginia Commonwealth University? Join us at the VCU MS in Forensic Science Open House on Friday, November 12 either in-person or remotely.

VCU Department of Forensic Science Tours Begin

VCU Department of Forensic Science Tours Begin

July 14, 2021

The VCU Department of Forensic Science is beginning our in-person tours again and look forward to meeting prospective students interested in Forensic Science.

 

Search and rescue group gets training in bone identification with VCU professor

Search and rescue group gets training in bone identification with VCU professor

September 16, 2021

Members of the Search and Rescue Tracking Institute are trained to look for clothing on bushes or broken tree limbs but don’t have as much experience identifying and documenting human remains.

VCU forensic science instructor appears on ‘Forensic Files II’

VCU forensic science instructor appears on ‘Forensic Files II’

August 2, 2021

Carlo Rosati, a retired FBI firearms and ballistics examiner who teaches in the Department of Forensic Science at Virginia Commonwealth University, was featured as an expert in Sunday’s episode of “Forensic Files II” on cable channel HLN.

Rosati, an adjunct instructor who has taught the department’s undergraduate firearms course and is planning to teach a new elective on vehicle identification, appeared in the episode “The Orange Shorts,” which tells the story of the forensic investigation in the 2010 murder of Monica Schmeyer in Pennsylvania.

https://news.vcu.edu/article/2021/08/vcu-forensic-science-instructor-appears-on-forensic-files-ii

 

VCU Forensic Science alum receives Fulbright research award

VCU Forensic Science alum receives Fulbright research award

March 26, 2021

Forensic Science undergraduate alum Dylan Naltraj David will travel to Trinidad, the nation his parents emigrated from, through the Fulbright research award .  This award not only allowed David the opportunity to learn more about his heritage but also expanded the scope of his cancer research. His passion for research is undeniable as he continuously seeks opportunities to study with experts in the field.

He spoke of Marilyn Miller, Ed.D. (VCU Dept. of Forensic Science) as having a very large positive impact on him as a scientist and aspiring physician!

The extremely difficult task of identifying Miami condo victims.

The extremely difficult task of identifying Miami condo victims.

June 30, 2021

Advances in DNA technology will aid in identification of victims in collapsed condo in Surfside, FL. Dr. Tracey Dawson Green, VCU Department of Forensic Science Professor and Chair, provides insight to USA Today readers.

Marilyn Miller, crime scene guru and founding forensic science faculty member, retires after 17 years at VCU

Marilyn Miller, crime scene guru and founding forensic science faculty member, retires after 17 years at VCU

June 7, 2021

If you ask the colleagues of Marilyn Miller, Ed.D., about the impact she's had on the forensic science community, you'll get a clear, consistent answer: For the past 20 years, Miller has been a driving force in legitimizing scientific analysis as a sub-discipline of crime scene investigation. "It's more than just following a checklist, taking a couple pictures and packaging a little bit of evidence. [It’s] about understanding how that evidence is left at the crime scene."

VCU Forensic Science graduate, Tiffany Role,  named to list of inspiring Black scientists

VCU Forensic Science graduate, Tiffany Role, named to list of inspiring Black scientists

February 4, 2021

Tiffany Rolle has been recognized by the website Cell Mentor. As a Department of Forensic Science undergraduate, she honed her research skills through VCU’s Center on Health Disparities.

https://www.news.vcu.edu/article/Two_VCU_grads_named_to_list_of_inspiring_Black_scientists

 

Going virtual: Crime scene reconstruction and lab techniques

Going virtual: Crime scene reconstruction and lab techniques

February 5, 2021

When VCU made the decision to move students to online learning last March, Catherine Connon, Ph.D., and Tal Simmons, Ph.D., in the Department of Forensic Science didn’t know what they were going to do.

Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Forensic Science Virtual Graduate Open House November 6, 11:00-2:00 (EST).

Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Forensic Science Virtual Graduate Open House November 6, 11:00-2:00 (EST).

October 27, 2020

Join the VCU Department of Forensic Science for a virtual Informational Session where you can learn about the graduate program curriculum,  the admissions process and the University, meet faculty and current graduate students, tour the department and our partner agency, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science. Friday, November 6 from 11:00-2:00 (EST). To join us, complete the form at  https://forms.gle/kjT9Q8V3XB8ECdVFA. A Zoom link and agenda will be sent to you.

Election 2020: Our Future is at Stake!

Election 2020: Our Future is at Stake!

September 23, 2020

The 2020 election has Virginia and the rest of the country at a crossroads.  

The College of Humanities and Sciences has set up an Election 2020 site as a resource for the campus community and beyond. In addition to voter registration and ballot information, our faculty have provided expert analysis on various critical issues in the form of articles, videos, and podcasts. New analyses and events will be added over the course of election season.

Visit https://chs.vcu.edu/election-2020/ to learn all about this year's critical elections!

Guidelines for a productive return to VCU

Guidelines for a productive return to VCU

June 3, 2020

The One VCU website will serve as your hub for information and resources for a safe return to campus.

Meet the Forensic Science Department

Meet the Forensic Science Department

July 30, 2020

Calling all Forensic Science majors and those who think Forensic Science may be for you, (freshmen, transfer, current majors)!
Meet the Forensic Science Department
Thursday, August 20
2 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
More cases will be solved’ now that Virginia has eliminated its rape kit backlog, VCU expert says

More cases will be solved’ now that Virginia has eliminated its rape kit backlog, VCU expert says

July 14, 2020

The announcement that Virginia’s rape kit backlog has been eliminated is a “momentous occasion,” said Tracey Dawson Cruz, professor and chair of the Department of Forensic Science at Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

 

Department of Forensic Science Donates PPE to VCU Health

Department of Forensic Science Donates PPE to VCU Health

April 1, 2020

‘Everyone seems, even if momentarily, uplifted by the idea of helping our colleagues on the MCV campus respond to those that are most vulnerable.’

Silent No More Symposium

Silent No More Symposium

January 24, 2020

More than 170 law enforcement, addiction treatment, medical, education, and community services professionals gathered in James Branch Cabell Library on Tuesday, January 14, to discuss and collaborate on ways to address the opioid crisis.

VCU forensic science researchers receive $2.28M for crime scene evidence research

VCU forensic science researchers receive $2.28M for crime scene evidence research

December 3, 2019

Researchers in the Department of Forensic Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences have received four grants totaling $2.28 million from the National Institute of Justice to launch studies focused on the development and evaluation of forensic tools for examination of physical evidence. 
E-liquids often contain alcohol as an unlisted ingredient. What are the health and safety implications?

E-liquids often contain alcohol as an unlisted ingredient. What are the health and safety implications?

December 3, 2019

After discovering ethanol in vape juice samples, a VCU professor is leading a major study to explore the ramifications for public safety. E-liquids — the flavored nicotine solution used in e-cigarettes — frequently contain the unlisted ingredient ethanol, or alcohol, according to research conducted in the lab of Virginia Commonwealth University professor Michelle Peace, Ph.D.

A Journey Home

A Journey Home

December 3, 2019

The remains of more than 50 African Americans discovered in 1994 on VCU’s campus have been returned to Richmond.

CBD Related Poisonings Reach Highest Level Yet. Here's Why

CBD Related Poisonings Reach Highest Level Yet. Here's Why

August 6, 2019

Forensic toxicologist Michelle Peace has found dangerous synthetics in dozens of CBD vape products. She says a lack of FDA regulations is to blame.

Forensic science lecture series

Forensic science lecture series

August 30, 2019

A series of forensic science lectures this fall will explore topics in the field and past cases, including the so-called “collar bomb” case in which a pizza delivery driver in Erie, Pennsylvania, robbed a bank in 2003 with a bomb clamped around his neck that ultimately exploded and killed him.