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FMI Project Spotlight Bria’s Students

Monday, July 27th, 2015


FMI Project Spotlight Keith’s Kids

Friday, July 17th, 2015


FMI Lecture Series

Friday, July 10th, 2015

FMI_Speaker Sally TokarzEach Thursday of the G. John DiGregorio Summer Program, a special speaker is brought in to talk to the students about real-life applications of his or her skills set in forensic science. Our first speaker was Sally Tokarz, a Forensic Chemist working at NMS Labs in the Crime Lab.

Sally’s lecture was on forensic drug chemistry. She talked about the evidence they receive at the Crime Lab and how they test different materials. The evidence they receive comes in the forms of tablets, powder, plant materials, etc. They also received drug paraphernalia, which consists of pipes, needles, spoons, bags, etc. Sally spoke about the receiving of the evidence and the subsequent testing for different drugs like cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, etc. At the Crime Lab, they employ presumptive and confirmatory testing to show whether or not a certain drug is present. They often use color tests and instrumental analysis using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS).


FMI Student Orientation Day

Monday, June 29th, 2015


Mentors and Mentees croppedWe are officially underway with the The G. John DeGregorio Summer Science Program! On June 27th, the Forensic Sciences Mentoring Institute welcomed this year’s students and their parents to kickoff its flagship program. Week 1 of the program consists of introductory lectures by the mentors and learning about the lab equipment and procedures.

Please join us in welcoming Ibrahim Alhassan, Ayonna Jarrett, Covir Maju, Marqeshay Tomlinson, Iyannah Goudy, Alexis Testa, Joshua Bryan-Brown, India Woods, Alonzo Elias, Maya Duncan-White and Mandisa Bostwick!



FMI Welcomes its 2015 Mentors!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

This year’s mentors (aka Graduate Students, aka Research Assistants) are in the House! and getting primed to meet their student protégés next week when the G. John DiGregorio Summer Science Program kicks off its 16th sunsational season. Four teams of high school students will spend the next 8 weeks in the lab, field, and classroom with their RA. Read more…

Researchers document drug use at Ultra Music Festival

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

As part of a grant-funded research project sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, The Center has been just wrapped its second successful sample collection at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida. The Center’s research is focused on obtaining blood, urine, and oral fluid samples from potential drug-using volunteers, who are likely using some of the newest novel psychoactive substances (NPS). The research is centered around identifying what NPS are on the market relative to what users believe they are taking and markers for their use in the three biological fluids. During the 2015 study, over 250 volunteers participated in the project, donating at least one of the requested specimens. The preliminary data has indicated the dramatic drop in alpha-PVP, which was the most prevalent compound detected in the 2014 data set. To date, the preliminary results from the 2015 data set indicate most participants were using dimethylone, ethylone, or butylone. Confirmatory results are pending, which will definitively identify which isomer is present in the samples. Original article published on


Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Check out this resource for great information for reducing drugged driving in the US.

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Kratom craze

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.