Jay Siegel and 2010 CEG Recipients
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT
UL Lilly Auditorium and lobby
Held to honor and celebrate the successes of the 2010 Curriculum Enhancement Grant (CEG) awardees, the inaugural CEG Symposium will feature a keynote address on Forensic Science Education: Golden Opportunities for Critical Thinking and Interactive Learning by Jay Siegel, poster presentations by the 2010 CEG recipients, and a reception.
The purpose of the CEG initiative is to provide faculty with support, time, and resources to implement projects designed to improve student learning and success. In addition, it is expected that the grants will increase faculty competitiveness for external educational or curricular improvement grants and increase the number of faculty involved in pursuing the scholarship of teaching and learning. For more information on the CEG initiative and the 2010 awardees and their projects, go to http://ctl.iupui.edu/programs/CEG.asp
Welcome and Keynote: 3 - 4 p.m.
Reception and Poster Session: 4 - 5 p.m.
Title: Forensic Science Education: Golden Opportunities for Critical Thinking and Interactive Learning
Speaker: Jay Siegel, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Description: Forensic science is the quintessential multidisciplinary applied science. It has elements of chemistry, physics, math, biology, medicine, statistics, engineering, ad infinitum. Forensic science education in secondary school or college presents golden opportunities to demonstrate the importance and application of critical thinking skills and interactive learning in the classroom. Applications include the analysis of scientific "evidence" in mock cases in laboratory courses, undergraduate research projects, mock crime scene processing and mock trials. Even in large introductory classes (I have taught as many as 403 students) there are opportunities for interactive learning wherein students are given cases to adjudicate, problems in evidence analysis and mock crime scenes to process (by video). It is easy to engage students in the study of forensic science – everyone wants to be a detective. It makes learning science, well, fun.
About the keynote speaker: Jay Siegel holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from George Washington University. He worked for 3 years at the Virginia Bureau of Forensic Sciences, analyzing drugs, fire residues and trace evidence. He was then professor of chemistry and forensic science at Metropolitan State College for 3 years. From 1980 to 2004 he was professor of forensic chemistry and Director of the forensic science program at Michigan State University in the School of Criminal Justice. In 2004 he moved to Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis to become Director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program, a position which he held until August of 2011. In 2008 he also became Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at IUPUI.
Dr. Siegel has testified over 200 times as an expert witness in 12 states, Federal Court and Military Court. He is Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences and has over 30 publications in forensic science journals. He has published a college text book entitled “Fundamentals of Forensic Science” for Elsevier and a high school forensic science textbook; “Forensic Science: The Basics: published by CRC. Both are 2nd editions. His newest book, “Forensic Science: A Beginner’s Guide”, came out in 2008. In February 2009, he was named Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. In April 2009 he was given the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award by his alma mater, George Washington University.