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Friday, December 5th, 2014

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Jillian Yeakel to receive Irving Sunshine Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Jillian Yeakel, alumnus of the Arcadia University Masters of Forensic Science program and previously Program Director for the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education, at the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation, is being recognized by the Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and will receive the sections prestigious  Irving Sunshine Award.  The award is given to a young investigator for outstanding research in forensic toxicology, and acknowledges contributions to the profession in the seven years following graduation.  During her time at the Foundation, Jill made many great contributions, including managing the summer Forensic Science Mentoring Institute (FMI) Program for high school students, teaching in the Arcadia University forensic science graduate program as an adjunct professor, conducting and publishing her own research, as well as acting as an advisor and mentor to the  Arcadia masters students in their research.  Jill also helped establish the PA research exchange program in which students from forensic science masters programs in the PA region get to present their research and research plans to their peers, annually.  Jill has been an author or coauthor on five peer reviewed articles, and has presented or coauthored more than fifteen abstracts for presentation at AAFS and other meetings.    The award will be presented in Orlando, FL in February 2015, at the AAFS Annual Meeting.  Jill is currently laboratory manager at LeHigh Valley Toxicology Laboratory in Bethlehem PA.

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.