The Drugs Wheel Game: A fun interesting way to categorize and learn drugs

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Originally designed as a training tool, The Drug Wheel is now offered as a board game that can be used as a fun educational and informative resource for young people, adult substance users, and a range of professionals working in various fields such as drug workers, teachers and social workers.  

 Check out the board game and find more information at The Drug Wheel Website.

Forensic Science Summer Programs For Kids Ages 8-18 Currently Accepting Applications For Enrollment at Universities and Colleges across the US

Credit: Photo take at Harlem DNA Lab - Susan Watts of NY Daily News

As interest in the field of Forensic Science continues to grow, so does the accessibility of programs for young aspirants. We are happy to provide links to the colleges, universities and labs that are now accepting applications for enrollment into their forensic science summer camp programs from all over the United States. This list is definitely not exhaustive as I am sure there are many more programs we have yet to discover, especially since there are programs being developed as we speak!. As we learn about them, we will update this list and you will be the first to know. Consider this one of many blogs to come! Apply quickly, as it seems like many of these programs are already filling up! Also, we encourage you to spread the word and to email us with any programs that you know of that we haven’t listed! Thanks!

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California

UCLA [Blueprint Forensic Science Camp]

 

Colorado

University of Colorado [Blueprint Forensic Science Camp]

 

Connecticut

University of Connecticut [Blueprint Forensic Science Camp]

 

Florida

University of Florida [Blueprint Forensic Science Camp]

 

Georgia

Emory University [Blueprint Forensic Science Camp]

 

Massachusetts

Tufts University [Blueprint Forensic Science Camp]

Stonehill College [Blueprint Forensic Science Camp]

 

Michigan

University of Michigan [Blueprint Forensic Science Camp]

 

New Jersey

Centenary College of New Jersey [Forensic Science: CSI Summer Camp]

 

New York

Hofstra University [Bioengineering/Forensic Science Camp]

Skidmore College [Crime Scene Investigation Camp]

Siena College [CSI Summer Camp]

St. Josephs College [Forensic Science Summer Camp]

Syracuse University [Summer College: Forensic Science]

Cold Spring Harbor Lab [Forensic Detectives Program]

 

North Carolina

Appalachian State University [Forensic Anthropology Summer Camp]

 

Ohio

Cedarville University [Forensic Science Camp]

Pennsylvania

Penn State [Junior Nittany Criminal Investigation Summer Camp]

Penn State [Computer and Science Security Camp]

Penn State [Forensic Science Camp]

Lehigh University [Blueprint Forensic Science Camp]

Point Park University [CSI Summer Camp]

 

Virginia

University of Virginia [Blueprint Forensic Science Camp]

 

Washington, D.C.

Georgetown University [Blueprint Forensic Science Camp]

American University [Crime Scene Investigation Summer Camp]

George Mason Univerity [National Youth Leadership Forum: Law and CSI]

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Forensic Nexus is taking some time to revamp the site to ensure that we are bringing you the most accurate and up to date information about the field of forensic science. Please be patient with us and stay posted for future announcements regarding out redesign and the launching of our new site.

Thank you for your support and patience during this time!

Tatiana Scott

Founder of Forensic Nexus

Current Accredited Forensic Science Programs

The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) does a great job at updating their website with the current accredited universities that offer undergraduate and graduate programs in different disciplines of forensic science.

FEPAC is an organization that assesses and accredits forensic science education programs. They ultimately determine if programs fulfill certain standards upon performing a rigorous review process to ensure that the curriculum meets the requirements of forensic employers.

You can check out their extensive and frequently updated list here: list of accredited universities

 

Four Critical Situations For Families That Forensic Psychologists In Chicago Can Assist With

Because of the way the legal system works, forensic psychologists in Chicago may be called to court to provide supporting evidence. Clinical assessments and other evidence are often required for courts to be able to resolve disputes and accelerate decision making in complex cases. Forensic psychology combines the disciplines of forensics and psychology to provide objective and independent assessments, particularly when a matter is fiercely contested. There are a number of different ways that forensic psychology can support family law and provide assistance for issues that cause problems within a family unit.  Here are four significant ways a forensic psychologist may be able to help your family.

 1. A Forensic Psychologist Can Provide Assistance With Child Custody Cases

At times a forensic psychologist may be called upon to assess parents and children to establish who the best custodian would be. Times of divorce and separation can be very traumatic and parents may not always behave in the best way for their children so a forensic psychologist has to provide supporting evidence in the best interests of the children. In addition to making custody recommendations, the psychologist may also suggest counseling for parents and children.

2. Assessments Of Addictive Disorders

Family units can be torn apart by addictive disorders. Frequently addictions such as gambling, alcohol, substance abuse and sex addictions can co-exist in more complex problems such as crimes, deceit and betrayal. A forensic psychologist has to separate the lies from the facts and supply evidence to the court to help it make a decision or ruling.

If a criminal charge has been brought against the family member, the forensic psychologist may be required to assess him or her to establish if he or she is fit to stand trial.

3. Psychotherapy And Rehabilitation

Making recommendations to the court may just be a small component of a forensic psychologist’s duties. When problems are detected, the psychologist may be tasked with providing counseling and support for family members. In addition to counseling the member who is undergoing the problem, other family members may need help to be able to provide a level of support.

4. Forensic Psychology And Financial Distress

Sometimes families undergo financial pressures which could result in foreclosures or bankruptcies. To assess the validity of such claims the forensic psychologist may be required to audit financial documents and history and to help the court make a decision regarding the person’s financial situation.

This guest post was written by Jaffe Psych. For more information, please visit their website.

To contribute to the Forensic Nexus blog email us at info@forensicnexus.com.

Forensic Nexus Q/A Session with a Digital Forensic Scientist!

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Forensic Nexus would like to introduce you to Golden S. Richard of New Orleans, Louisiana whose area of expertise is in Digital Forensics.

Golden kindly agreed to being interviewed by Forensic Nexus to share his career path. We asked him the following questions:

What is your area of expertise/forensic discipline?

 My area of expertise is in digital forensics, which involves identifying, preserving, recovering, and analyzing data stored on digital devices, such as computer systems, mobile phones, digital voice recorders, flash media; etc.

 

Where do you work as a forensic scientist?

I do casework at Digital Forensics Solutions, LLC. I teach digital forensics and do research in computer security, reverse engineering, and digital forensics at the University of New Orleans.

 

What is your typical work day like?

I am focused more on research and teaching now, so a typical day involves preparing course materials, teaching students how to do investigations, and supervising graduate students who are doing research to advance the state of the art in digital forensics. I still occasionally do case work and this involves analyzing data on a variety of digital devices, with the most common being computer systems and smartphones.

 

What inspired you to pursue this career?

I have always been interested in file systems, operating systems design and internals, and other low level details of computer systems and digital forensics involves intimate knowledge of these issues, so it is a natural fit for me.

 

What is your academic background?

 I have a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in computer science.

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Currently, that involves interacting with students. But the “Sherlock Holmes” aspect of the job never fades–essentially, being able to recover data that users assume is long gone, whether in the context of some legal action or simple data recovery,

 

What suggestions do you have for students that are interested in pursuing a
career in your profession?

 Intimate knowledge of computer systems is extremely helpful. If you’re just starting your academic career I highly recommend degrees in computer science and if possible, from a university that strongly emphasizes computer security and digital forensics in the computer science curriculum.

 

Have we covered all bases? Any further questions come to mind while reading Golden’s story? Please feel free to submit questions by commenting on this post and we will direct them to Golden and post his responses.

Forensic Nexus would like to thank Golden for his participation. He has also agreed to offer mentorship to individuals seeking career advisement.

Contact us at info@forensicnexus.com for more information about mentorship.

To contribute your story, please visit this link: https://forensicnexus.wufoo.com/forms/forensic-scientist-questionnaire/.