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Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition Hardcover – Jan. 13 2014

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"All changes from third to fourth edition are excellent. It's now more concise, better organized, and contains more relevant info."
―Mary Juno, San Jose State University, California, USA

"The content is broken down into easy-to-digest sections with a scope limited to the primary forensic disciplines. The use of subject-matter experts as authors of each chapter allows current knowledge and experience to be expressed in both a theoretical and applied approach. Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques is a valuable textbook for instructors teaching an introductory forensic science course at the undergraduate level."
―L.N. Ferrara, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, in Forensic Science Review

About the Author

Stuart H. James of James & Associates Forensic Consultants, Inc., is a graduate of Hobart College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology and chemistry in 1962. He received his MT(ASCP) in medical technology from St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, in 1963. Graduate courses completed at Elmira College include homicide investigation, bloodstain pattern analysis, and forensic microscopy. He has completed more than 400 hours of continuing education and training in death investigation and bloodstain pattern analysis. A former crime laboratory supervisor in Binghamton, New York, he has been a private consultant since 1981.

Jon J. Nordby, PhD, D-ABMDI, earned his advanced degrees from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. He works as a forensic science consultant for Final Analysis Forensics, an independent consulting practice in medical-legal death investigation, forensic science, and forensic medicine. He specializes in scene reconstruction, and evidence recognition, collection, and analysis, including bloodstain pattern analysis, ballistics, firearm and gunshot residue testing and the investigation of police shootings. He serves the National Disaster Medical System as a medical investigator and forensic specialist with the Region X DMORT team.

Suzanne Bell, PhD, earned a B.S. degree in 1981 from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in chemistry and police science (criminal justice). She obtained her master’s degree in forensic science from the University of New Haven in Connecticut and her Ph.D. in chemistry from New Mexico State University. She joined the faculty of West Virginia University in 2003 in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry. Her research interests include forensic toxicology, ion mobility spectrometry, and gunshot residue. She works with students at all levels (undergraduate to doctoral) in chemistry and forensic science and is active in international forensic science outreach.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1439853835
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CRC Press; 4th edition (Jan. 13 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 614 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781439853832
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1439853832
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 1.48 kg
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 22.23 x 3.18 x 27.94 cm
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Dr. Bell's adventure in forensic chemistry began a long time ago in a galaxy far to the west of West Virginia. She began with a BS with a double major in chemistry and police science(criminal justice)at Northern Arizona University. She then ventured to the University of New Haven in Connecticut and obtained an MS in forensic science . After working for the New Mexico State Police for several years, she ventured north to Los Alamos National Laboratory where she was an environmental analytical chemist. She returned to university at the ripe old age of 29 at New Mexico State where she obtained her PhD in chemistry working under Dr. Gary Eiceman. Incidentally, three of the four research schools she has been affiliated with have colors of blue and gold, as was her junior high school. This could be fate, it could be destiny, or it could be coincidence.

Suzanne's love of writing began about the time when she was at NMSU, where the pressures of the doctoral program forced her to seek an outlet. She is the author of much mediocre and unpublished fiction and the joy she found in the act of writing led her to test the non-fiction and textbook waters. Currently, she has two projects underway in various stages of completion in addition to the books seen here.

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