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Court TV, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, FGCU Invite Middle, High School Science Teachers to Forensic Science Educational Conference
4/7/2006

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and Court TV* invite middle and high school science teachers to the national Ninth Forensic Science Educational Conference, Friday through Sunday, May 5-7 at FGCU to learn about using the scientific method in the investigation of crime.

"Bringing forensic science into science, math and social studies classrooms has never been timelier, particularly since television programs and media coverage of the latest advancements in the forensic sciences have fostered a stronger interest in science learning among our nation's young people and educators," professor Heather Walsh-Haney said.

"Even more importantly, the Third International Mathematics and Science Study found that U.S. students ranked among the very lowest in math and science scores out of a field of 42 countries. As such, the FSEC sponsored by FGCU is taking a first step toward improving the education of our nation's grade school students with our three-day conference."

During the meeting, AAFS scientists provide participants with concrete examples of how forensic science can be brought into the classroom.

Afternoon laboratory sessions allow teachers the opportunity to break into smaller groups to participate in lab-based forensic science exercises that utilize the fields of anthropology, botany, DNA, entomology, odontology, pathology, toxicology and trace evidence.

The conference concludes with a demonstration of courtroom testimony.

Court TV* presents its award-winning Forensics in the Classroom program, a free standards-based forensic science curriculum supplement for middle and high school students developed in conjunction with the AAFS.

Conference registration is $250. Space is currently available.

For more information, contact Walsh-Haney at (239) 590-7693 or (904) 535-9693, or David Lounsbury or Melissa Hamley at (239) 590-7821 or mhamley@fgcu.edu.


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