News and Events
Meet the Forensic Science Department
July 30, 2020
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.
Spring 2020 VCU Baccalaureate Graduate Master's Opportunity
May 26, 2020
Congratulations VCU Spring 2020 Baccalaureate Graduates!
VCU is excited to make a special opportunity available to you. VCU wants to ensure you remain competitive when our global economy rebounds so we invite you to further your education at VCU by pursuing a Master’s degree in Forensic Science.
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.’
VCU forensic science researchers receive $2.28M for crime scene evidence research
December 3, 2019
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.
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
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.