Arcadia University Forensic Science Program

Arcadia University Forensic Science Program One of the most renowned FEPAC accredited master programs in forensic science in the country
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Great work, Haley! 🤩👏
01/02/2024

Great work, Haley! 🤩👏

✨Student Spotlight: meet Haley Bibey!

Second-year Arcadia University MSFS student Haley Bibey has been working on her graduate-level toxicology research project at the CFSRE with our toxicologists, Dr. Alex Krotulski and Sara Walton, MSFT, since last June.

For her research, Haley has developed and validated an LC-QQQ-MS method for the quantitative confirmation of novel synthetic cannabinoids in both blood and urine. Haley will wrap up her research project at the new CFSRE location in January, applying her validated method to authentic forensic casework samples. She will be presenting this research in an oral presentation titled "LC-QQQ-MS Method Evaluation for the Quantitative Confirmation of New and Emerging Synthetic Cannabinoids," at the annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) conference in Denver, Colorado this February.

In addition to this incredible opportunity, Haley is thrilled to start an internship at NMS Labs in Horsham, PA, one of the CFSRE's main partnering laboratories, as a toxicology intern in the next few weeks. "I am incredibly grateful for all of the amazing opportunities that have been presented to me at the CFSRE," Haley says. "I am confident that the many skills I have acquired while working alongside the CFSRE's highly knowledgable and experienced forensic scientists will be carried with me throughout the rest of my forensic science career."

Arcadia University Forensic Science Program

Our first and second year MSFS students are officially wrapped up with their Fall 2023 semester! 🥳👏 We hope they enjoy t...
12/21/2023

Our first and second year MSFS students are officially wrapped up with their Fall 2023 semester! 🥳👏 We hope they enjoy their winter break, they deserve it! 😊

Happy Holidays to everyone! ❄️☃️

Take a look at our first-year students practicing a few of their fingerprinting techniques during their Crime Scene Anal...
12/14/2023

Take a look at our first-year students practicing a few of their fingerprinting techniques during their Crime Scene Analysis class a few weeks ago! 🌀

They practiced performing various fingerprinting techniques including iodine fuming, ninhydrin, conventional fingerprinting, fingerprint powder, mikrosil casting, and the use of magnetic powder on both porous and non-porous surfaces! 🤓

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Last Friday, some of our first and second year students and program director, Dr. Oldoni, enjoyed a holiday party that i...
12/11/2023

Last Friday, some of our first and second year students and program director, Dr. Oldoni, enjoyed a holiday party that included the Chemistry, Physics, and Forensic Science departments before finals week and the holiday break! ❄️⛄️

We wish all students the very best of luck on their upcoming final exams! 🧐✍️

Amazing work Lauren and Brayleigh! 😊👏
12/07/2023

Amazing work Lauren and Brayleigh! 😊👏

Last week, we posted about our first year students performing their Crime Scene Analysis Glass Evidence Reconstruction a...
12/07/2023

Last week, we posted about our first year students performing their Crime Scene Analysis Glass Evidence Reconstruction and Investigation Lab 🧐🥼

After the students broke their glass evidence into multiple pieces, their goal was to reconstruct their broken glass pieces into their original conformation in the glass pane. They then would attempt to determine if the measurements they took of the broken glass pieces, such as distance traveled and overall mass of the broken pieces, could tell them if any potential claims could be made about the individual who broke the glass or the tool used to break the glass!

As you can see, our students did a great job👏🤩

Take a look at some of our criminalistics students practicing the forensic technique of facial reconstruction! 😊In this ...
12/05/2023

Take a look at some of our criminalistics students practicing the forensic technique of facial reconstruction! 😊

In this lab, they used clay on a skull model to assist them in determining some of the original facial features of this individual using only their skull and no other previous information about them.💀

Facial reconstruction can be incredibly helpful to forensic scientists when investigating the identify of an unidentified person when all that is available is skeletal remains! This is especially relevant in missing persons and unidentified human remains cases.

Great work! 👏

🚨Are you interested in learning more about our Forensic Science programs?🚨Tomorrow, December 2nd, we have an Open House ...
12/01/2023

🚨Are you interested in learning more about our Forensic Science programs?🚨

Tomorrow, December 2nd, we have an Open House event at Arcadia University! 🏰

Here you can learn more about our Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) program (including both 3+2 and 4+2 opportunities), the pre-forensic science track, and finally, the minor in Forensic Investigations! 🧐🥼🧪🧬

Use this link to learn more about tomorrow’s event 😊

https://www.arcadia.edu/events/2023-12-02/igknight-a-special-event-for-high-school-seniors-transfer-students/

We cannot wait to see you! 🤩

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Check out our first year students in their Crime Scene Analysis Glass Reconstruction and Investigation Lab! 🥽Prior to gl...
11/30/2023

Check out our first year students in their Crime Scene Analysis Glass Reconstruction and Investigation Lab! 🥽

Prior to glass breaking, each group designed their own glass pane with various colors and patterns for convenience of reconstruction. After glass breaking, the main objective was to reconstruct the glass evidence from its broken pieces.

From this, students observed the distance traveled of the broken glass from the site of impact and determined if any claims may be made about the individual who broke the glass or the tool used to break the glass based on the glass pattern evidence.

While glass reconstruction is rather challenging and complex in the real world, it can be a great source of trace evidence and may be used to tie a suspect or victim to a crime scene as well as determine the side of the origin of the break 🔨🪟🏠

On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, Shayna Kasher, a second-year student in our Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS)...
11/28/2023

On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, Shayna Kasher, a second-year student in our Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) program had the incredible opportunity to present her graduate research performed with the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) at the annual Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS) meeting, a nationally recognized professional organization for forensic scientists, in Mystic, Connecticut 🤩

Her oral research presentation was titled, “Method Development and Validation for a Quantitative Panel of Psychoactive Adulterants of Illicit Drugs of Abuse.”

Great work, Shayna! 👏


Check out second year student, Haley, in Advanced Forensic Chemistry Lab! 🤓In this image, Haley is using a cotton swab s...
11/27/2023

Check out second year student, Haley, in Advanced Forensic Chemistry Lab! 🤓

In this image, Haley is using a cotton swab soaked with an internal standard solution to pick up any potential co***ne drug molecules off of her U.S. $20 bill currency evidence. The evidence submitted in this lab exercise was screened and deemed presumptively positive for the presence of co***ne 💵

After ensuring a representative portion of the the currency sample was swabbed, the swab was then placed back into the working solution in which the liquid was agitated and added to a GC/MS autosampler vial for further analysis.

The ultimate objective of this laboratory exercise was to use GC/MS to semi-quantitatively measure the amount of co***ne (if any) present on their submitted currency evidence and to determine if the money evidence submitted was the result of an illegal activity and subject to civil forfeiture 💰

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Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and restful holiday! 🦃We are especially grateful for all of our students, staff, faculty...
11/23/2023

Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and restful holiday! 🦃

We are especially grateful for all of our students, staff, faculty, and all those that make our forensics programs at Arcadia University possible 🍁

Take a look at our second year students in their Advanced Forensic Biology Lab! 🤩Over the remainder of the semester, sec...
11/22/2023

Take a look at our second year students in their Advanced Forensic Biology Lab! 🤩

Over the remainder of the semester, second year students will be working on mock forensic biology casework, enhancing their DNA analysis and data interpretation skills 🧬

Students will perform DNA extractions, quantification, amplification, and capillary electrophoresis.

Following this, they will work to interpret the short tandem repeat (STR) profile data generated from their forensic samples! 🤔

Check out some of our undergraduate criminalistics/pre-forensic science students performing a bloodstain pattern analysi...
11/21/2023

Check out some of our undergraduate criminalistics/pre-forensic science students performing a bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA) lab exercise!🩸

In this lab, with the help of their instructors, Amy Stringer and Melanie Murphy, they experimented with different heights and angles of impact (AOI) to determine how height and AOI can impact the overall shape, form, and distribution of a bloodstain pattern!

Amazing work! 👏

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Last week our second year students had their fall research presentations! 🍁During these presentations, our students gave...
11/17/2023

Last week our second year students had their fall research presentations! 🍁

During these presentations, our students gave an update on the research progress. They discussed what they have done with their project since the start of the fall semester and mentioned their next steps in their research process 🧐

We are so proud of everyone’s hard work since their research projects began in the summer! 🤩👏

Check out some of our first and second year students at the Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) in Plainsboro, New Jersey...
11/15/2023

Check out some of our first and second year students at the Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) in Plainsboro, New Jersey on Monday! 🤩

At EAS, first and second year MSFS students received the opportunity to check out previous and current relevant analytical chemistry research projects, posters, lectures, etc.

In addition, they had the opportunity to visit and network with multiple potential future employers! ⚛️🥼

This past Friday, our Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) students enjoyed their annual Welcome Dinner Event! 😊...
11/13/2023

This past Friday, our Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) students enjoyed their annual Welcome Dinner Event! 😊

This annual event is an opportunity for all first and second year MSFS students to come together and get to know each other better.

This year, students also received the incredible opportunity to hear career advice and tips from two Arcadia MSFS alumna (Amy Stringer, current Temple University medical student, and Stephanie Rainer, current Professor and STEM Lab Coordinator at Arcadia), Dr. Tatjana Miletic, esteemed Professor and Director/Chair of the Chemistry, Physics, and Pre-Engineering Programs at Arcadia, Fran Diamond, a recently retired Staff Scientist at the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE), and Lindsay Kotchey, a forensic biologist II at the CFSRE.

A big thank you to MSFS program director, Dr. Fabio Oldoni, Heather Sherman, Arcadia’s Chemistry/Physics/Computer Science/Math administrative assistant, and to all others who made this terrific event possible! 🤩

Last Friday, two of our second year students, Brayleigh Keefe and Lauren Hoopes, presented forensic biology research pos...
11/09/2023

Last Friday, two of our second year students, Brayleigh Keefe and Lauren Hoopes, presented forensic biology research posters for the Start Talking Science Symposium at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, PA! 🤩

Brayleigh presented on her forensic biology research project with a poster titled, “An Exploration of the Applied Biosystems SeqStudio Platform for Forensic Purposes.”

Lauren presented on her forensic biology research with a poster titled, “Exploration of Handling Time on the Deposition and Persistence of Trace DNA in Pickpocket Scenarios.”

Amazing work, Brayleigh and Lauren! 🧬👏

Check out the first year students hard at work at our Crime Scene House during their Impression Casting Crime Scene Anal...
11/07/2023

Check out the first year students hard at work at our Crime Scene House during their Impression Casting Crime Scene Analysis Class! 🧐👟👣

Impression casting is a forensic technique that crime scene investigators may use when impression evidence such as shoe prints, tire tracks, tool marks, etc. are found at a crime scene in dirt, dust, mud, blood, and more! Making these impression casts can assist forensic investigators with multiple parts of their investigation, and in some cases, help them link a suspect to a crime scene! 🚔

In these images, students are throughly documenting their crime scene and measuring the dimensions of their impression evidence. They will then cast their impressions using dental stone! 🦷

On Wednesday, October 25th, our very own Professor Heather Harris, gave a presentation titled, “General Acceptance and S...
11/02/2023

On Wednesday, October 25th, our very own Professor Heather Harris, gave a presentation titled, “General Acceptance and Scientific Reliability: Does One Ensure the Other?” at a National Institute of Justice (NIJ)/RTI International virtual workshop 😊

During this workshop, she explored the intersection of the Frye General Acceptance Standard used in court with scientific reliability, discussing the differences between what is considered scientifically reliable in analytical science and what is deemed generally acceptable in the scientific community by a judge in the courtroom.

Using breath alcohol testing as a forensically relevant example, Professor Harris evaluated the challenges between correlating scientific reliability with general acceptance when the person offering a scientific result to a judge is the same person who defines the scientific community 🧐

Click here to register and listen to Professor Harris’s workshop: https://learning.forensicac.org/mod/page/view.php?id=4471

Check out second year student, Sophie, in advanced forensic chemistry lab last week! 🤩In this image, Sophie is loading h...
10/30/2023

Check out second year student, Sophie, in advanced forensic chemistry lab last week! 🤩

In this image, Sophie is loading her unknown drug sample onto an Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) instrument in attempt to confirm its identity!

In this advanced forensic chemistry lab week, second year students were given a mock forensic drug sample and performed presumptive color testing, FTIR analysis, and GC-MS analysis in attempt to identify their drug 😊💊

Check out second year student, Kourtney, adding blood samples to the solid-phase extraction (SPE) manifold this week dur...
10/27/2023

Check out second year student, Kourtney, adding blood samples to the solid-phase extraction (SPE) manifold this week during her toxicology lab!🩸

This week, the second year students are performing confirmatory testing on a mock forensic sample based on their preliminary screening results.

Kourtney’s preliminary testing indicated the possibility of co***ne in her sample! Now, following SPE, she is performing GC-MS to confirm this result! 🤓

Great work! 👏

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Yesterday morning, our second year students and program director, Dr. Oldoni, had the exciting opportunity to visit the ...
10/27/2023

Yesterday morning, our second year students and program director, Dr. Oldoni, had the exciting opportunity to visit the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Philadelphia! 🤩

There they met with the Chief Toxicologist, Lisa Mundy, who talked with them about her responsibilities as the Chief Forensic Toxicologist and gave them a tour of the OCME facilities including the main toxicology labs, instrument room, and evidence storage!

What an amazing opportunity! 😊

Have you ever heard of luminol? 🤔Luminol is a chemical agent that expresses blue chemiluminescence when mixed with an ox...
10/20/2023

Have you ever heard of luminol? 🤔

Luminol is a chemical agent that expresses blue chemiluminescence when mixed with an oxidizing agent.

It is commonly used as a presumptive assay at crime scenes to detect the possible presence of blood or to uncover possible crime scene cleanup.🩸

It is important to note, however, as with most presumptive tests, that false positives are possible, meaning that a blue glow can be produced even when blood might not be present, making confirmatory tests all the more important 🧐

Check out some of our undergraduate criminalistics students during their ballistics lab class! 🤩In these images, they ar...
10/17/2023

Check out some of our undergraduate criminalistics students during their ballistics lab class! 🤩

In these images, they are examining ballistics evidence under the stereomicroscope and noting their observations about their pieces of evidence 🔬🤔

Click these links below to learn more about the pre-forensics programs as well as the forensic investigations minor! 🤗

Pre-Forensic Science Programs: https://www.arcadia.edu/majors-and-programs/pre-forensic-science/

Forensic Investigations Minor: https://www.arcadia.edu/majors-and-programs/forensic-investigations-minor/

Take a look at our second years in their advanced forensic chemistry lab this week! 😊In this lab exercise, they were giv...
10/13/2023

Take a look at our second years in their advanced forensic chemistry lab this week! 😊

In this lab exercise, they were given a piece of fiber evidence. Their goal was to attempt to identify their fiber type and compare it to a known fiber swatch sample in a mock hit-and-run case.

They performed macroscopic observations, microscopic observations (including transmitted light microscopy, polarized light microscopy, micrometry, etc.), FTIR analysis, and some solubility testing on their fiber evidence! 🔬

Amazing work! 👏

On Monday, our first and second year MSFS students, program director, Dr. Oldoni, and Professor Ed Schikel, visited the ...
10/11/2023

On Monday, our first and second year MSFS students, program director, Dr. Oldoni, and Professor Ed Schikel, visited the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office (MCCO)!🩸

During their visit, they learned how a routine autopsy is performed, performed a virtual autopsy with the help of the two forensic autopsy technicians pictured in the center of this photo, and went through a tour of the MCCO facilities!

Thank you to Alice and Jess, the incredible forensic autopsy technicians, for sharing your experiences with us 🤗

Undergraduate sophomore pre-forensic science students, Allyson Velez and Nicole DeWald, have started their training earl...
10/10/2023

Undergraduate sophomore pre-forensic science students, Allyson Velez and Nicole DeWald, have started their training early to work in Dr. Oldoni’s forensic biology lab. Currently, they are training in body fluid identification and collection of biological samples from evidence 🩸💧

You can be like Allyson and Nicole too and participate in our 3+2 or 4+2 undergraduate/pre-forensic science programs at Arcadia University! 🤩

Click here to learn more about our pre-forensic science track: https://www.arcadia.edu/majors-and-programs/pre-forensic-science/

10/09/2023

Today, we celebrate the culture and history of the Native American people. Let's recognize the culture, strength, and resilience of the indigenous people and acknowledge the diversity of their perspectives, languages, and customs.

Join us Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Commons Great Room for the Lenape Cultural Heritage Symposium. View Lenape artwork, a ceremonial drumming circle, and discuss the Lenape native identity and more!

Yesterday some of our second year students and our program director, Dr. Oldoni, had the opportunity to visit the Montgo...
10/05/2023

Yesterday some of our second year students and our program director, Dr. Oldoni, had the opportunity to visit the Montgomery County Detective Bureau Forensic Services Unit with Professor (Lieutenant) Ed Schikel 🤩

Our students got a first-hand look at the different technologies and protocols used to investigate real forensic casework including fingerprint analysis and the AFIS database, ballistics analysis and the NIBIN database, digital forensics, rapid DNA identification, and more! 😊

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