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

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.

Visit the Forensic Nexus booth at the STEM Expo on Saturday, May 19th in Harlem NYC

We are participating in our very first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Expo. “Who took the cookie from the cookie jar? The Mystery” is our theme. Students will learn how to lift and identify fingerprints, as well as perform paper chromatography in order to determine which suspects fingerprint was found on the cookie jar and which suspects pen was used to write the letter. We will have tons of information for students, activities, fun, and giveaways!

When: Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: The Harlem Armory
Location: 40 West 143rd Street between Lenox Ave. and Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10037
Website: http://www.supersaturdaystemexpo.org/

We hope to see you there!

Seeking Mentors for high school students final senior science projects!

On behalf of our student ambassadors of James C. Enochs High School, in Modesto, CA, Forensic Nexus asks all of our subscribing scientists and medical professionals to contact the following students to assist in mentoring them through the completion of their final senior science projects. They would greatly appreciate your expertise and advice.

Here are the details of their projects:

 

*Newest additions*

Daniel Sforza is doing his project on the witness reliability.

Contact: dsforza18@yahoo.com

Dallas Logsdon is doing his project on fingerprinting and seeking a mentor in the field of forensic science.

Contact: dallaslogsdon@rocketmail.com

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Where to Begin Searching for a Job in Forensic Science?: The Link Collection, First Edition

Update: We are now offering this E-book for free. Access your copy HERE!

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If you find yourself asking this very question, then this e-book was written especially for you!

For all of those that are gearing up for your job hunting journey. We have all been in your position and know how intimidating and intense the process can be, but most of all knowing where to start!

In this book you will find some advice about what keywords to use when browsing job search engines, what websites employers frequently use to submit their vacancies,  the most reliable websites for finding up to date employment opportunities and other alternative places on the internet that provide access to great opportunities as well.

Finding a job in this field takes a lot of work..but we have done some of it for you by compiling this very useful list of websites that are essential to landing your perfect job in forensics!

Forensic Nexus Participates in ‘CSI: The Experience’ a Hands-On Science Exhibit in Times Square.

Whether you are a practicing or aspiring forensic scientist, CSI or just a lover of the field, you WILL enjoy CSI: The Experience, which is a hands-on science exhibit that challenges its guests to solve a crime mystery, while exposing them to fundamental scientific principals, numerous scientific disciplines, advanced technology and techniques used today by CSI’s and forensic scientists and teaching them the importance and significance of the field for cracking crimes.

The exhibit opened in May of 2011 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and continues to travel, as there are exhibits currently at the following locations for a limited time:

Times Square, New York – Discovery Times Square 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Franklin Institute 

Buffalo, New York – Buffalo Museum of Science 

Las Vegas, Nevada – MGM Grand 

Queensland, Australia – Surfers Paradise at the Piazza

Forensic Nexus had the pleasure of experiencing the exhibit. We not only succeeded at arriving at the scene of the crime, documenting, collecting, and analyzing evidence. But we also succeeded at solving the crime and receiving the awesome certificate above for doing so!

We are also teaching exclusive workshops at the exhibit in Times Square.

We are having a great time meeting our future scientists that attend our workshops and welcome them on team Forensic Nexus. We highly recommend that you don’t miss your opportunity to visit the exhibit and when you do, come back and tell us about it! Don’t forget your lab coats, goggles and gloves!

 

 

Finding a job in Forensic Science. Where to start? The Social Network Edition.

If you are studying forensic science and becoming concerned about how to go about starting your job search, then you have come to the right place. Whether you are just starting out or will be starting your search in the near future, keep in mind that you aren’t the first person to embark on such a time consuming, overwhelming and research intensive journey.

We will be honest with you. Finding a job in forensic science can be very difficult, and knowing exactly where to begin can be intimidating.

We’ve been there, so we know ALL about how the hunt for employment can be! But have no fear, you can and will succeed at jump-starting your career in forensics!

There are tons of forensic science job boards that are updated regularly with vacancies. So many, that listing them all here might actually be impossible. Believe it or not, we have found some of the popular social networking sites to be quite effective in staying up to date with job vacancies in forensic science.

LinkedIn

If you haven’t already visited this site, we highly recommend it. Sign up, take advantage of the information that they provide about perfecting your profile and familiarize yourself with the site, how it works, what it offers and how you can use it to your full advantage. Don’t be afraid to share your employment history, skills, and accomplishments because the purpose of the site is to network and advertise yourself as THE candidate for the job your are seeking. After you’ve created and perfected your profile, found and connected with your colleagues, and became a master of the site, start searching for groups, organizations, laboratories, companies, agencies..the possibilities are endless. Follow the companies that you are interested in working for and join their forums to ask questions, read discussions and to potentially network with their employees. Many employers these days are using LinkedIn as a tool to recruit their employees. You can choose to use the job search option on the site to browse vacant positions or you can opt to receive daily, weekly or monthly updates via your email from the group forums regarding any positions they have posted. We love LinkedIn and therefore can go on and on about how many great people we have connected with and received encouragement from on there when we launched Forensic Nexus. But we will end here by encouraging you to give it a try!

Twitter

If you already have a Twitter account where you follow friends and celebrities that you adore. That is great! We do too. If you are unfamiliar with Twitter and you don’t have an account, what are you waiting on? Sign up and create a professional account that you can use to follow your favorite schools, organizations, companies, laboratories, agencies, groups and professionals in the field. Tons of important information is being shared by the minute and when the people that you follow “tweet” articles, events, and job vacancies, they are stored on your timeline immediately for convenient scrolling. While searching for relevant informative resources on the site, interact with those that you follow, tweet about your experiences and other information regarding your interests. You may attract followers of your own and develop a network on Twitter. Great opportunities are often being shared on Twitter and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on them.

Give these sites a try and let us know your experiences. Also, take a peak at our FN Job Board for other places to look for employment.

Stay tuned for our next blog for more hints on how to search for a job in forensic science!

In the meantime, consider this advice as well:

Science Employment Agencies:

Agencies are extremely helpful because you can browse their job database, or create an account and upload your resume and a cover letter. Recruiters will notify you via email of new positions or schedule a consultation over the phone, which is just a series of interview-like questions that would help them to filter through their list and provide you with positions that specifically match your credentials and preferences. Building a relationship with the recruiter will help them to keep you in mind for new opportunities.

Job Boards:

Recently we have spotted some great positions on these sites:

Good luck!