|Our group on the lawn by the |
This was a memorable lab because for a long time I have been a huge fan of shows such as Criminal Minds and CSI. I think by watching these shows they could have helped influence some of the decisions I made. This trip has made a big impact on how I think about forensic scientists and what they do. I had originally thought their job would be boring and just looking at dead bodies all day. They don't. They do many other things that help out during an investigation. They can analyze ballistics of a gun shot, see how long a body has been dead, perform autopsies, and so much other cool stuff.
This trip was a lot of fun. And definitely heavily influenced what I may want to be when I'm older, a forensic biologist. "
|Exploring the different weapons |
effect on skulls at the
|Using a micropipette at JCVI |
to load a DNA sample
into a gel electrophoresis.
|We had a unit on forensic anthropology.|
|By measuring the size of the bullet we can |
tell what type of gun it may have come from.
|Our DNA samples in the |
My favorite lesson was the lesson on firearms. We discussed the different types of guns and their classification. The first one was the short firearms, which included guns like the revolver and the handgun. The shoulder rifles include the shotguns and bored barrel rifles. The instructor showed their casings and multiple bullets. She explained how handguns like the GLOCK pistols work by using a cross-section animation of one. She even had a working gun with the firing pin removed on display for everyone. She talked about gun shot wounds, and cap bullets that are designed to lodge themselves into their targets."
|Dyeing the DNA in ink |
so we can see it in the gel.
|Ms. Karla Stucker explaining animal forensics.|
The first thing that opened my eyes was that blood splatter is incorrect and it is actually blood spatter. Also, it was interesting comparing the reality of forensic jobs and the televised forensic jobs. While I knew there was more than one person working a case, I did not know that there are that many people working together as a team. I learned that each person has a very specific job and many do not have more than one job. They portray this incorrectly in television and show a couple people doing the entire case. Now it will be difficult watching shows that portray this because I know it is wrong."