All the Latest News

A “Congratulations” are in Order!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

A big congratulations to Marykathryn Tynon, Marcellino Porto, and Barry Logan for having their latest work published in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology! The team developed a method for detection of 11-OH-THC and THCC via gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Ms. Tynon is a validation analyst for NMS Labs. The full abstract and request for the full article can be accessed here.

Kimberlee Moran Conducts Archaeological Dig with Students in New Jersey

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Kimberlee Sue Moran, Director of The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education, had her students from Rutgers University- Camden hard at work at the Whispering Woods archaeological excavation site in Pilesgrove, NJ. The students who signed up for the course came from different majors but were connected by their common love for archaeology. Look at the specific work being done by Kimberlee and her students here.

Mayor of Philadelphia Declares 2014 Forensic Science Week

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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Congratulations Malik Sylla!

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation would like to congratulate Malik Sylla on receiving The American Chemical Society’s Project SEED Scholarship.

The Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation AAFS Scholarship

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation and The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education are pleased to announce the availability of two AAFS travel and meeting scholarships for alumni of the Arcadia University Master of Science in Forensic Science program.

The scholarships are intended to help promote professional growth and career development of the alumni of Arcadia University’s FEPAC accredited program. To be eligible, applicants must submit an abstract to the AAFS annual meeting by their deadline of August 1, 2014 (AAFS Abstract Submission Form).

To learn more about the scholarship and apply please follow this link!

Welcome FMI 2014 Mentors!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation would like to welcome this year’s mentors Mollie Mares, Sarah Wolf, Alex Krotulski & Craig Leopold!

Kimberlee Moran Interviewed by NPR

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

In advance of the PBS documentary on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes character and his relationship to forensic science, “How Sherlock Changed the World,” which premiers tonight, Center Director Kimberlee Moran was interviewed by NPR. From NPR’s website:

“In 1886, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published his first story about a detective named Sherlock Holmes, a perceptive character whose love for logic and sharp eye would go on to inspire mystery writers and real-life crime scene investigators alike.

A new PBS documentary looks at the ways Sherlock Holmes still informs how we think and investigate real crimes—even today.

What is about Holmes that inspires even modern investigators to cautiously and methodically look at the clues in order to solve a crime?

Joining The Takeaway to explain is Kimberlee Sue Moran, a forensic archaeologist featured in ‘How Sherlock Changed the World.'”

Listen to the interview here and watch the trailer for the PBS documentary here. The two-hour documentary, which features interviews with Moran and Foundation Board Member Dr. Michael Rieders, premiers tonight at 8 pm EDT on PBS.

PBS Documentary on Sherlock Holmes Premiering December 17th

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Center  Executive Director Dr. Barry Logan, Director Kimberlee Moran and Fredric Rieders Foundation and NMS Labs Board Member Dr. Michael Rieders both feature in the upcoming PBS Documentary on Sherlock Holmes: How Sherlock Changed the World. This brand-new documentary will premier in the U.S. at 9 pm EDT on Tuesday December 17th. Interviews with Dr. Logan, Dr. Rieders and Ms. Moran utilize their expertise as forensic scientists in looking at the cultural impact Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories had on the popular conception of the forensic sciences. This new documentary, which anticipates the U.S. premier of season three of the BBC series Sherlock on Masterpiece Theater next month, explores how “from blood to ballistics, from fingerprints to footprints, Sherlock Holmes was 120 years ahead of his time, protecting crime scenes from contamination, looking for minute traces of evidence and searching for what the eye couldn’t see.” Visit the show’s website to watch the trailer and tune in for the program at 9 pm EDT this Tuesday.

The Center Partners with College of Physicians

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education is now partnering with the Karabots Junior Fellows Program at the College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaCenter Director Kimberlee Moran has previously worked with the program to provide training in crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, and environmental forensics to their students. The Center will provide unique forensic content, in the form of lectures and hands-on forensic activities, to the Karabots Junior Fellows Program.

The Karabots Junior Fellows Program aims to use the resources of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia to provide practical assistance, mentoring, and academic and social support to a select group of Philadelphia high school students from communities under-represented in current healthcare professions. This three-year program is designed to facilitate their continuation into post-secondary education required for a career in healthcare. The Karabots Junior Fellows Program was officially launched on June 1, 2009 when Nick and Athena Karabots of The Karabots Foundation generously donated the first year’s funding for the program. Visit the program’s website to learn more.

2013 AAFS Forensic Science Career Choice and Development Webinars

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The following is an announcement from the Center Executive Director and President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Dr. Barry K. Logan:


To Whom It May Concern:


I am pleased to announce a series of free on-line webinars on forensic science career choices and development. This program was developed in conjunction with the theme of our upcoming annual meeting theme of “Forensic Science Education and Mentorship: Our Path Forward”.   A series of eleven sessions are scheduled, one for each section of our Academy.  Anyone interested can sign up for as many of these sessions as they wish to help them with career choices and planning.

Each session will be hosted by an experienced professional from the section. Many sessions will also include participation by a member of the Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE), a group of forensic science education professionals who can advise on availability of accredited forensic science programs, and coursework relevant to your discipline.

The series is designed to engage both starting and potential forensic scientists and allied professionals, with experienced practitioners in each of our eleven sections giving a short overview of the area, followed by an online Q&A session to address specific questions from participants.   Each session will cover key topics including:

Career Planning:

  • What is a forensic pathologist/Criminalist/odontologist/document examiner, etc?
  • What are examples of jobs or work done by someone in this field?
  • Who typically employs someone with this expertise?
  • What might a typical day include for someone in this field?
  • What attributes make someone well suited to a career in this discipline?
  • How does someone prepare for a career in the field?
  • Type of degree, type of coursework, balance of science versus criminal justice coursework, etc.,
    • significance of an accredited degree program.
    • Part time work or extracurricular activities.
    • Advantages of obtaining a Masters degree?
    • Advantages of obtaining a PhD?
    • How to select a Masters or PhD program?


Career development

  • How do you find work/job opportunities?
  • How can you network with other people in the field?
  • How do you achieve professional certification?
  • How do you achieve membership in professional organizations (including student membership in AAFS)
  • How do I become an active participant in my section in AAFS?
  • What continuing education options are available?
  • What kind of salary range can someone expect to get at the entry level or once they reach a journey level position?

The schedule for the sessions is as follows:


Criminalistics Wed., 11-13/7:00PM EST
Digital & Multi-Media Sciences Wed., 11-27/7:00PM EST
Engineering Sciences Tues., 12-03/7:00PM EST
General Wed., 12-04/7:00PM EST
Jurisprudence Wed., 12-11/7:00PM EST
Questioned Documents Tues., 12-17/7:00PM EST
Odontology Wed., 12-18/7:00PM EST
Pathology/Biology Tues., 01-07/7:00PM EST
Toxicology Wed., 01-08/7:00PM EST
Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Tues., 01-14/7:00PM EST
Physical Anthropology Wed., 01-15/7:00PM EST

To register, click on the section name and follow in instructions on the registration page.

The sessions will be archived and will also be available for later online review.

My thanks to all our members in each section and at COSFE who have worked with the AAFS staff to put this program together, and we are excited to have you join us for this new AAFS initiative.

Barry K. Logan, PhD, DABFT

President, AAFS