ABC Brisbane Radio 612 Interview 18 September 2014
Forensic science has never been so glamorous.
Crime shows like CSI, NCIS, Bones and Sherlock have helped make the science behind crime busting intriguing.
Which is probably a double-edged sword for real scientists….it’s great to have some professional acknowledgement but it gets a little frustrating hearing “but they did it on CSI”.
Wikipedia actually names the term the “CSI effect”, also known as the “CSI infection” or “CSI syndrome” – which refers to the impact the exaggerated potrayal of forensic science has on public perception.
So what’s it really like to be a forensic scientist, and what exactly do they do?
Kelly spoke to Greg Shaw (pictured), the Director of Forensic and Scientific Services for Queensland Health. She also spoke to Dr Bradley Schatz, a forensic computer scientist.
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Leader Community Newspapers Rebecca David 8 September 2014
Forensic Pathologist Dr Bouwer is one of four people I’m shadowing in a look behind the scenes at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) at Southbank. Others include Forensic Anthropologist Associate Professor Chris Briggs; Molecular Biologist Andrew Schlenker, and Senior Scientist Kellie Hamilton of the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria.
Malaysiakini 28 July 2014
Arduous scrutiny and a longer period of time – these are imperative for the Malaysian Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) to profile fragments of human body parts belonging to victims of the doomed Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH17 aircraft.
DVI chief Dr Mohd Shah Mahmud said it was a challenge for the 21 team members to meticulously decipher the identity of each victim at a Dutch military facility in Hilversum.
In one case, the team had to examine a human jaw which entailed a process lasting several hours, he told Malaysian reporters in an interview here last night.
Sydney Morning Herald Paul McGeough, Heath Aston 27 July 2014
Violence around the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 forced Australian and Dutch investigators to remain in their hotel on Sunday, despite Malaysia announcing it had reached a deal for unfettered access.
The AFP released a statement late on Sunday confirming that the mission had been postponed. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said overnight on Sunday that Australia was still determined to send unarmed police to the MH17 crash site despite the fresh violence in the area.
‘Uncovered remains’ highlight need to secure MH17 site: Abbott (ABC News)
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says human remains are still at the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site more than a week after the disaster, highlighting the urgent need for an international force to secure the area.
Grieving relatives at MH17 site as Dutch, Australia ready troops (Channel News Asia)
The Dutch government, which is in charge of identifying the remains found at the site, said that forensic experts had confirmed the identity the first victim on Saturday, one of 193 Dutch citizens who had been on board.
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Brisbane Times Paul McGeough July 25, 2014
Hrabove, Ukraine: The first Australian investigators to visit the MH17 crash site near here were in a small investigative party that discovered new sections of the crashed Malaysian Airways aircraft and human remains that had been overlooked in earlier, much-criticised sweeps of the area.
The three Australians – two diplomats and a forensic expert – refused to talk to reporters. But an official of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Michael Bukiurkiw, said after guiding them through the crash site: “We found human remains yesterday and more again today.”
The Guardian Amanda Holpuch and Oliver Milman 23 July 2014
The first set of bodies of MH17 victims were due to arrive in the Netherlands on Wednesday, where efforts to identify them will begin. The remains were left outdoors for two days, in sweltering heat and rain, but expert investigators should “pretty reliably” be able to collect DNA to identify the remains.
“Overall, my guess is that as far as DNA analysis and identification, they should have pretty good success,” said Dr David Foran, director of the forensic biology laboratory at the University of Michigan.
The Conversation Ahmad Samarji 24 July 2014
How dental records will help identify bodies from MH17