Thursday August 2, AM Sessions

S75: Innovative Forensic Applications for Teaching with an Emphasis on Chemical Principles: Part II - for Upper Level College Programs

Organizers: Frederick Fochtman (Duquesne University, USA), Lisa Ludvico (Duquesne University, USA), Stephanie Wetzel (Duquesne University, USA)

Presider: Frederick Fochtman (Duquesne University, USA)

The popularity of forensic science in recent years and its fictional use in entertainment media can be utilized to motivate and enhance student learning.  Forensic case studies and their investigative approaches represent an invaluable way to garner student interest. These examples can be used not only to gain student interest and curiosity, but introduce basic chemical principles to improve student learning. Often these topics can be also be used to introduce more advanced chemical topics making them more understandable to students. Toxicology, drug analysis, trace evidence, firearms examination, DNA analysis, latent print analysis and other forensic specialties all have relevant associations to understanding chemical principles.  Educators of all levels are invited to share experiences and new ideas for using forensic science to teach both chemistry and biochemistry.

     Introduction 9:30am-9:35am

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