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It’s likely that the majority of people know what the term “forensic science” means because they’ve seen a crime drama on television! And although the way that these scientists are portrayed may not be quite accurate, the concept of forensic science is a true one that is used everyday by detectives, judges, attorneys and more. 

National Forensic Science Week is here to raise awareness about this important scientific discipline, show appreciation to those who work in the field, and continually strive to improve the quality of the work.

History of National Forensic Science Week

Forensic science is the study and application of science as it pertains to criminal investigations by a court of law. Also called criminalistics, forensic science has been around for hundreds of years but modern technology, particularly the discovery of DNA, has advanced and changed the way this branch of science is practiced and used.

National Forensic Science Week got its start in 2013 when it was conceived of during a meeting of forensic leaders in the United States. The aim of founding the day was to recognize, celebrate and help to advance the field of forensic science to the very highest quality.

Starting as an idea at a meeting, the scope and size of National Forensic Science Week increased significantly in just a decade, not only becoming recognized by organizations in the US but also gaining international attention as well!

How to Celebrate National Forensic Science Week

Show some appreciation and get involved with National Forensic Science Week by participating with some of these ideas:

Celebrate a Forensic Scientist

Those who work in the field of solving crimes or who simply know someone who is a forensic scientist can celebrate this week by showing some appreciation for the work that they do. Host a little party on their behalf, take them out for lunch or send them a thank you card. From medical examiners to pathologists, from coroners to analysts, National Forensic Science Week is all about recognizing and honoring those who work hard in this field.

Learn Interesting Facts About Forensic Science 

Looking to get more involved with National Forensic Science Week? Perhaps it would be fun to learn a bit more about this discipline and get connected by something other than a crime show on TV! Learn more by reading some books on the subject from the local library, and perhaps start by checking out a few of these facts about forensic science:

  • When it comes to identifying the body of a dead person, teeth and dental records are the most reliable, with approximately 93% rate of correctness.

  • A forensic lab that runs DNA test results may take up to 2 to 3 weeks, which is much longer than portrayed on television or in the movies.

  • Hairs found at the scene of a crime offer important evidence, but hairs that have roots are even more helpful, providing information that reveals gender.

  • The four types of fiber that make up everything on the planet help forensic scientists make determinations: vegetable, animal, mineral and man-made fibers.

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