Forensic Science Program

History professor leads project to study how ancient Norsemen used marine mammals

With her research interests centering on Vikings, the medieval North Atlantic, marine mammal exploitation and environmental history, Western Carolina University Department of History associate professor Vicki Szabo is familiar with the early travels of Norwegians who ventured out to Scotland, Iceland, Greenland and eventually North America from around 800 to 1500.

NIJ grant will help fund research project in chemistry, forensic science

Western Carolina University Chemistry and Physics Department head David Evanoff and forensic research scientist Brittania Bintz are hoping a $346,740 grant from the National Institute of Justice will help produce a faster and less expensive method of confirming the presence of human bodily fluids on samples, which would be useful to the forensic science community when testing rape kits and other sexual assault evidence.
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Grant supports forensic science research

The National Institute of Justice has awarded Mark R. Wilson, director of the Forensic Science Program at Western Carolina University, a two-year, nearly $718,000 grant to evaluate new DNA sequencing instrumentation for use in crime laboratories.
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DNA sequencing services to improve

The acquisition of two state-of-the-art pieces of DNA sequencing instruments positions WCU’s Forensic Science Program to establish a sequencing core facility on campus.