12th March 2010, 12:42pm
Forensic science goes under the microscope in radio series
Crime scene investigation Murder by poison, DNA profiling and crime scene investigation are just some of the topics that will be explored next week in a special series of radio programmes marking National Science and Engineering Week 2010.

Lincoln's community radio station, Siren FM, based at the University of Lincoln, has produced a series of five programmes looking at how Forensic Science can aid the fight against crime and protect the public from terrorism.

Each programme will feature interviews with experts from within the field of Forensic Science, outlining both the science concepts which underpin the practice and examples of real world applications.

They have been created as part of the University of Lincoln's ongoing Chemistry.FM project, which will see a variety of multimedia learning materials, including videos, animations and audio lectures, made freely available to the public through a dedicated website and Siren FM. Altogether, an entire chemistry module from the University’s first year undergraduate Forensic Science programme will be covered in the project.

Chemistry.FM is a 12-month project led by the University’s Centre for Education Research and Development (CERD). It is part-funded by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) with total project costs of £48,000.

Next week's radio broadcasts will feature interviews with Forensic Science experts including Dr Mark Baron, Principal Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry in the University of Lincoln's School of Natural and Applied Sciences.
They have been produced by postgraduate Journalism student Nathan Gray, who was awarded a bursary to compile the programmes.

Nathan, who is studying for an MA in Science and Environmental Journalism in the University's Lincoln School of Journalism, said: "In each show we will look at a particular topic area within forensics, speaking to experts in the area, looking not just at the basic science but also the practical applications and recent cases involving the use of forensics."

The five shows will focus on:
• Murder by poison - looking  at famous poisoning cases and discussing how poisons work and are detected.
• DNA Profiling - a look at what DNA profiling is, how it works, and how it is used by police.
• Crime scene investigation – how do scene of crime officers go about investigating crime scenes?
• Forensic toxicology - The 'real life' forensics. An outline of the typical cases that a lab works on day-to-day.
• Insects and animals in forensics – A look at how insects can help forensics and the use of detection dogs on searching for drugs, bodies and explosives.

The programmes will be broadcast on Siren FM daily between Monday 15 and Friday 19 March, starting at 2.45pm. They will be repeated back-to-back at 10am on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March. Siren FM is available in the Lincoln area on 107.3FM.

The University of Lincoln will also host two special lectures during National Science and Engineering Week 2010. Both lectures take place on Thursday 18 March in the Cargill Lecture Theatre in the Main Admin Building of the University's Brayford Pool campus.

4.30pm - Refreshments in Atrium.
5pm - Professor Laura Serrant-Green: Chlamydia screening - promoting uptake through peer education.
6pm - Professor Niro Siriwardena: The application of quality improvement science to health - understanding how improvement methods are helping doctors and nurses provide better care for patients.

Both lectures are aimed at a general audience and members of the public are welcome. For further information on the lectures, or to confirm attendance, contact Emma Jubbs on 01522 886286 or email ejubbs@lincoln.ac.uk