Science Cafe at Orca Books: Forensic DNA Evidence
When: 7:00 PM, Tuesday October 11th, 2016
Where: Orca Books (509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia, Phone 360.352.0123)
Our MONTH Topic Is: Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory – Forensic DNA Evidence
The Washington State Patrol's Forensic Laboratory Services provide a wide range of forensic science expertise to city, county, and state law enforcement officers, medical examiners and coroners, assisting agencies at crime scenes, preparing evidence for trial, and providing expert testimony. The Washington State Patrol Biochemistry/DNA section is responsible for the forensic biochemical analyses of body fluids, stains, and cellular material (not associated with bodily fluids) and the DNA typing of biological evidence. Our guest speaker will discuss the different forensic disciplines within the Crime Lab, and explain the process of examination and analysis of DNA evidence in criminal cases.
Marion Clark is the DNA Section Supervisor at the WSP Tacoma Crime Laboratory. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbial Biotechnology and a Master of Science in Pharmacy. Marion has been a forensic scientist in the DNA section of the Tacoma Crime Laboratory for approximately nine years. During her time with the WSP Crime Lab, Marion has performed DNA analysis on many hundreds of criminal cases, and processed thousands of DNA samples. Additionally, Marion is a former member of the WSP Crime Scene Response Team, and assists in training law enforcement agencies across the state in DNA evidence procedure.
Science Cafe of Olympia meets each month on the second Tuesday. It provides an informal atmosphere where people with and without scientific background can meet to deepen their understanding on interesting topics in science and technology. After a presentation by an expert in the field, the meetings are opened for discussion. Science Cafes are found nationwide and are loosely affiliated with the U.K.- based Cafe Scientifique, an international organization promoting public engagement with science.