The sixth annual Rend Lake College Science Teachers Conference feeds the appetite fueled by the popularity of television shows such as "CSI," "CSI: Miami" and "Cold Case." Forensic experts will explain how they have helped solve some of the most heinous crimes in the past 15 years using the most advanced techniques in forensic science.
The conference is aimed at all middle, junior high and high school science teachers. This program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Higher Education for Continuing Professional Development Units. It will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Rend Lake College.
Presenters will fascinate the audience with real-life stories in the field and show how the evidence they discovered was used to solve some very mysterious crimes. Each presenter will spend the afternoon in breakout sessions explaining how to incorporate these techniques into the classroom.
Presentations for the day include:
**"Forensic Anthropology" with Dr. Steve Symes of Mercyhurst College. Symes specializes in this field and has more than 24 years of experience. His interests include human skeletal biology with an emphasis on forensic tool marks and fracture patterns. His expertise also includes saw and knife marks and blunt, burning or ballistic trauma in bone.
**"Forensic Toxicology" with T. Paulette Sutton of the University of Tennessee at Memphis. Sutton is a world-renowned blood spatter expert in forensic toxicology. Her specialties include re-enactment of crime scenes and determining the types and locations of assaults.
**"Forensic Technology" with Annina Carter of Adirondack Community College. Carter is a chemistry professor who has won national recognition by incorporating forensics into the classroom. She brings a wealth of knowledge and background on some of the most infamous crimes in history.
Bryan Chumbley of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory also will be on hand to explain the Summer Data Retreat hosted by Rend Lake College, Illinois State University and NCREL.
The registration fee of $35 covers all conference material, refreshments and lunch. For more information or to register, contact Tracy Devoy, Administrative Assistant to RLC’s Math, Science, Education, Health and Physical Education Division, at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1288, or Associate Biology Professor Steve Holman at Ext. 1722.