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Professor to Discuss CSI Effect, Aug. 28


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Professor Carol Henderson speaking on the Stetson Law campus.

Professor Carol Henderson speaking on the Stetson Law campus. Click for high-resolution image.

Stetson Law Professor Carol Henderson, a past-president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences who has consulted on the CSI Miami television series, will speak Aug. 28 on the “CSI effect” at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. This presentation, at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., will be the last of the lecture series entitled An F.Y.I. with CSI at MOSI and is part of CSI After Dark, which offers extended museum hours until 9 p.m. Henderson’s talk is included in the museum admission.

MOSI is showcasing CSI: The Experience, an interactive exhibit in which museum guests play the roles of crime scene investigators to solve mysteries. Professor Henderson, whose law students have the opportunity to play investigators in mock crime scenes in her classes, said she was excited about the exhibit, which runs though Sept. 6 at MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa.

“The interest in forensic science is global, not just local,” said Henderson, who speaks around the world from Hong Kong to Helsinki about the intersection of technology and the law.

Closer to home at Stetson Law, Henderson directs the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law, which houses an online database of more than 100,000 resources. Everything from court decisions to legislation, scientific publications to news media coverage can be found in the database, designed to be a free “one-stop-shopping” resource of forensic topics for lawyers, scientists, academics and researchers. The Stetson Law library and information center also houses a special collection of forensic resources that is unique among major law libraries in the U.S.

At Stetson, Henderson’s students learn about evidence, working with crime labs, and the “CSI effect” of pop culture TV science on real-life juries. Henderson regularly brings speakers to the Stetson Law campus to talk about the latest in forensic technology and the law. Among them, producer and writer of the Bones television series Kathy Reichs, legendary forensic investigator Dr. Henry Lee, and O.J. Simpson defense lawyer and Innocence Project co-founder Barry Scheck.

To learn more about the NCSTL, visit http://www.ncstl.org/.

To learn more about the MOSI CSI exhibit, visit http://www.mosi.org.