Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How CSI Are YOU? Take the Quiz and Find Out!

Photo by Peter Hostermann
Shows like CSI and Criminal Minds have made forensic investigation techniques popular -- in fact universities around the world are adding new programs in Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology, and Criminal Profiling to keep up with the increase in interested students. All those chemicals and equations are pretty cool, but did you know forensic investigation hasn't been around that long?

Next week will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary (September 19, 1987) of the first arrest and conviction based on DNA evidence. Twenty-five years may SEEM long, but in science it isn't. It has taken that long to perfect and test techniques and now this breakthrough has not only made it possible to find criminals that before had escaped conviction, but it also has saved many people from wrongful persecution -- an exciting new tool for both law enforcement and defense attorneys everywhere.
The use of forensics is exciting for authors too -- presenting many ways to catch a suspect -- but it can also be daunting and intimidating, especially if one isn't a scientist or CSI investigator! How do authors learn this stuff in order to write about it? Education. In a few weeks I am going to be heading to the Writer's Police Academy, a hands-on conference that instructs authors in some of these investigative techniques in hopes of educating myself.  

I am super psyched and am having a hard time deciding between the classes I want to take because there are so many! Here's a sample of the schedule of events. I promise, whatever I decide to attend, I'll come back with details!

In the meantime, I thought I’d do something fun -- test your forensic aptitude. Just how forensically-conscious are you? Take the quiz and find out!



Laura Ellen is CSI-savvy, but wishes she was CSI-Supreme and roaming the country-side solving crimes. Instead she spends her time doing the next best thing -- making up crimes for her characters to solve! Her YA thriller Blind Spot debuts October 23, 2012.  Check her website for more information!

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