National honors science society; Forensics speaker shares past experiences

GARRETT STURGILL, Reporter

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    On May 5, Doctor Dana Coleman had come to a meeting here at North Harford High to discuss forensics and what her studies consist of. “Dr. Dana Coleman came from the University of Towson to talk to science national honors society about her experiences as a forensic pathologist,” said Mrs Brown a physics and chemistry teacher at North Harford.

    “Dr Coleman wrote a book called ‘never suck a dead man’s hand which is about her experiences in the field,” Brown said. “The title comes from a crime scene that she was analyzing and when it’s really cold out, it’s hard to get fingerprints. Coleman was blowing hot air on this guys thumb and it slipped out and fell into her mouth,” Brown addressed.

    “Dr Dana has a lot of gorey stories,” Brown commented. “For example, at one crime scene she went into the area and the ceiling fan was on. Someone had died by a shotgun blast to the head so the ceiling fan was slinging around guts,” the science teacher added.

    Doctor Coleman’s career consists of gorey stories and the advancement of criminal investigation. Despite the bloodiness, the main objective is to conduct who or what caused it. No matter how disgusting a crime scene may seem, they still have to analyze it and observe with caution to how it even occurred. “Coleman simply came to discuss with our schools science honors society about her experiences, what her job’s like, and to discuss forensics as well as the process it takes to solve a crime,” Brown said.

    Although most of Colemans experiences are humanly related, sometimes they seem to exceed anyone’s limitations and expectations. “One time while figuring out a problem, they had to track a crime with dog poop. They had to collect three hundred samples of dog poop in the condo and figure out which dog had which feces to find whose dog it was,” Brown said giggling.

    Forensics is never self-explanatory, as Coleman has learned. From dog feces to fingerprints, every subject relates back to crime solving. As long as DNA is within the subject matter, then will you be able to track and discover who’s responsible for what occurs. Doctor Coleman hopes to have left an impact on the students in science national honors society and hopes she intrigued them into what forensics could be about.

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National honors science society; Forensics speaker shares past experiences