FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Thu Mar 10 15:42:03 EST 2011

CSI reality: What they don't show you on TV is ACS Webinars™ topic

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 — Forensic science as a career is the next topic in the American Chemical Society (ACS) Webinars™ series for scientists and chemical professionals.

Scheduled for Thursday, March 17, from 2 – 3 p.m., EST, the free webinar features Jason Schaff, a forensic toxicologist with the Chemistry Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory.

Participants will learn:

  • What forensic chemists really do in the lab
  • How forensics differs from and relates to other chemical disciplines
  • For better or for worse, CSI in real life vs. television!
  • Career paths and educational expectations in forensic chemistry

Schaff analyzes a wide variety of specimens submitted by federal, state, and local agencies, supporting investigations of product tampering, drug-facilitated sexual assaults, public corruption, suspicious deaths of U.S. citizens overseas and various other crimes. Schaff received a B.S. in chemistry in 1991 from Yale University and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 1997 from the University of Minnesota. After completing his doctorate, he spent two years on a fellowship at the Indiana University Medical Center developing methods of analysis for anabolic steroids in an International Olympic Committee-accredited drug testing laboratory.

ACS Webinars™ feature experts and global thought leaders in the chemical sciences, and management and business fields to address current topics of interest to scientific and engineering professionals. Each webinar includes a short presentation followed by a question and answer session. Scientists and others can tune into the conference without charge, but must register in advance.

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