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March 2014

OSU-CHS Students Gain Practical Experience During Mock Crime Scene Exercise

Six OSU-CHS graduate students gained first-hand experience in crime scene investigation during a mock burglary and school shooting at Eugene Field Elementary on March 1. The exercise was part of the Advanced Criminalistics course taught by Ron Thrasher, Ph.D., assistant professor of forensic sciences.

As part of the course, students work with forensic experts on a variety of forensic analyses, including blood splatter, death scene investigation and firearms. During the recent exercise, Matthew Green, Chelsea Bullard, Kyla Jorgenson, Garrett Rosser, Julie Argo and Sarah Habib investigated a mock burglary and school shooting under the supervision of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent. The students processed the crime scene, collecting evidence they will analyze in DNA, toxicology and behavioral laboratories at OSU-CHS.

The data collected by the forensic researchers will be used by University of Tulsa law students in a mock trial later this semester. Thrasher and the students will also present a training seminar for Eugene Field Elementary faculty based on the exercise. Eugene Field Elementary is OSU-CHS' Partner In Education school.

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