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Criminal Justice Students Attend Forensics Academy August 2013
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Criminal Justice Students Study the Science Behind Crime Scence

Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 [7:46 PM]

National Forensic Academy Collegiate Program August 2013
Criminal justice students Steffani Knight of Columbia, left, and Leah Brown of Breeding,
Ky., are joined by University of Tennessee at Martin Assistant Professor of Criminal
Justice Brian Donavant at this summer's National Forensic Academy Collegiate Program.

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A pair of Lindsey Wilson College criminal justice students recently had an opportunity to experience the real-life version of the American police dramas that play out almost hourly on television.

Leah Brown of Breeding, Ky., and Steffani Knight of Columbia attended the prestigious National Forensic Academy Collegiate Program, held early this summer in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The three-week program -- a partnership between the University of Tennessee at Martin and the Tennessee's Law Enforcement Innovation Center -- gives criminal justice students an in-depth look into forensic science and also provides hands-on experience. Brown and Knight were among 26 criminal justice students who attended the academy this year.

"This was an incredible opportunity for our students because this academy included other criminal justice students who are members of Alpha Phi Sigma (the national criminal justice honor society)," said LWC Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Michael Giordano.

While in Oak Ridge, Brown and Knight learned from forensics practitioners, and they worked in laboratories and at mock crime scenes. The also spent time in the University of Tennessee's "body farm," which allows forensic students to examine human bodies in various stages of decomposition and settings.

"That's one of those situations you simply cannot replicate in the classroom," Giordano said. "You can talk about forensics work and what happens to a body, but until you actually see it and examine it, you don't have a full appreciation for it."

Knight graduated from LWC last spring, and Brown is scheduled to graduate next spring from the liberal arts college. Giordano said attending the Oak Ridge program will be an "incredible benefit" to both students -- whether they attend graduate school, law school or enter the profession.

"This was an excellent way for both of them to begin that transition to the next phase of their academic and professional careers," he said.

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