Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investigations 2012 Update by Anthony J. Bertino


Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investigations 2012 Update by Anthony J. Bertino

With today's popular television programs about criminal justice and crime scene investigation and the surge of detective movies and books, students often have a passion for exploring forensic science. Now you can guide that excitement into a profitable learning experience with the help of the innovative, new FORENSIC SCIENCE: FUNDAMENTALS AND INVESTIGATIONS, 2012 UPDATE. This dynamic, visually powerful text has been carefully crafted to ensure solid scientific content and an approach that delivers precisely what you need for your high school course. Now an established best-seller, FORENSIC SCIENCE: FUNDAMENTALS AND INVESTIGATIONS, 2012 UPDATE offers a truly experiential approach that engages students in active learning and emphasizes the application of integrated science in your course. Student materials combine math, chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science with content aligned to the National Science Education Standards, clearly identified by icons. This book balances extensive scientific concepts with hands-on classroom and lab activities, readings, intriguing case studies, and chapter-opening scenarios. The book's exclusive Gale Forensic Science eCollection(TM) database provides instant access to hundreds of journals and Internet resources that spark the interest of today's high school students. The updated edition includes ten new capstone projects that integrate the concepts learned throughout the text. Comprehensive, time-saving teacher support and lab activities deliver exactly what you need to ensure that students receive a solid, integrated science education that keeps readers at all learning levels enthused about science. FORENSIC SCIENCE: FUNDAMENTALS AND INVESTIGATIONS, 2012 UPDATE sets the standard in high school forensic science closed.


1. Observation Skills. 2. Crime Scene Investigation & Evidence Examination. 3. The Study of Hair. 4. A Study of Fibers and Fabrics. 5. Pollen and Spore Examination. 6. Fingerprinting. 7. DNA Profiling. 8. Blood & Blood Spatter. 9. Drug Identification and Toxicology. 10. Handwriting Analysis, Forgery, and Counterfeiting. 11. Death: Meaning, Manner, Mechanism and Time. 12. Soil Examination. 13. Forensic Anthropology. 14. Glass Evidence. 15. Casts and Impressions. 16. Tool Marks. 17. Ballistics. Capstone Projects: Project 1: Personal Evidence Portfolio. Project 2: Mock Crime Scene Development and Processing. Project 3: Analysis of a Forensic Science TV Show Episode. Project 4: Forensics Dumpster Diving--What the Garbage Can Tell Us. Project 5: Physical Evidence Case Studies. Project 6: Forensic Science Career Exploration. Project 7: Forensic Entomology Case Study. Project 8: Using Forensic Entomology to Solve Crimes. Project 9: Landmark Cases in Acceptance of Evidence. Project 10: How Reliable is the Evidence? Glossary. Appendices. Sine Table. Tangents Table. Bone Measurements Table. Celsius-Fahrenheit Conversion Table. Index.

About the Author

Mr. Anthony J. Bertino has taught biology for more than thirty-nine years, having a special interest in forensics. Since 1975, he has had a wide range of teaching and professional experiences related to science education. He taught at Canandaigua Academy (in New York) for thirty-four years before retiring in 2001. Currently a clinical supervisor responsible for supervising student teachers with the University of Albany Graduate School of Education in New York, Mr. Bertino also teaches AP Biology at College Board Summer Institutes. He has received many awards and honors. He has written articles for THE SCIENCE TEACHER and has created many activities related to crime scene investigation. Bertino teaches Forensic Science teacher preparation seminars, AP Summer Institutes, and is a frequent national and state workshop presenter. His professional affiliations have included NABT, NSTA, Director of the Outstanding Biology Teachers Award for New York State, STANYS, CTA, NYSUT, NEA, United University Professors, Rochester Alliance Promoting Science, and the New York State Regional Biology mentor network.

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608 pages


Anthony J. Bertino
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Publication date

22nd March 2011



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