Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations,
2nd Edition

Anthony J. Bertino, Patricia Bertino

ISBN-13: 9781305077119 | ISBN-10: 1305077113

Copyright 2016

| Published 2015

| 704 pages

List Price USD $134.95


With today's popular television programs about criminal justice and crime scene investigation and the surge of detective movies and books, students often have a passion for exploring forensic science. Now you can guide that excitement into a profitable learning experience with the help of the innovative, new FORENSIC SCIENCE: FUNDAMENTALS AND INVESTIGATIONS, 2E. This dynamic, visually powerful text has been carefully crafted to ensure solid scientific content and an approach that delivers precisely what you need for your high school course. Now an established best-seller, FORENSIC SCIENCE: FUNDAMENTALS AND INVESTIGATIONS, 2E offers a truly experiential approach that engages students in active learning and emphasizes the application of integrated science in your course. Student materials combine math, chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science with content aligned to the National Science Education Standards, clearly identified by icons. This book balances extensive scientific concepts with hands-on classroom and lab activities, readings, intriguing case studies, and chapter-opening scenarios. The book's exclusive Gale Forensic Science eCollection™ database provides instant access to hundreds of journals and Internet resources that spark the interest of today's high school students. The new edition includes one new chapter on entomology and new capstone projects that integrate the concepts learned throughout the text. Comprehensive, time-saving teacher support and lab activities deliver exactly what you need to ensure that students receive a solid, integrated science education that keeps readers at all learning levels enthused about science. FORENSIC SCIENCE: FUNDAMENTALS AND INVESTIGATIONS, 2E sets the standard in high school forensic science . . . case closed.

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Meet the Authors

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Anthony (Bud) Bertino taught high school and community college science to students for over 40 years. He has taught biology, chemistry, physical science, ecology, and AP Biology and has served as a science supervisor at Canandaigua Academy. His awards include Outstanding Biology Teacher (NY, NABT), Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Award, Tandy Scholars’ Award, and Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Rochester. He has served as an AP Biology reader, consultant, and trainer for the College Board presenting week-long workshops around the country. Bud has presented week-long coursework for John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) program and has served as an adjunct professor at Finger Lakes Community College and as a clinical supervisor for both the University of Albany (NY) Graduate School of Education and the College of St. Rose. Bud has been an attendee, curriculum developer, and presenter for the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers (CIBT) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He is co-author of “Where’s the CAT,” and author of “The Cookie Jar Mystery” (forensic activities for elementary and afterschool programs). His activities on money-saving techniques have been published in The Science Teacher (NSTA publication) and The Forensic Teacher magazine.

Patricia Nolan Bertino taught high school science for over 34 years at Scotia- Glenville High School. She developed curricula and taught high school biology and forensic science biology. Her awards include Outstanding Biology Teacher (NY, NABT), Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Award, and the Tandy Scholars’ Award. She served as a scientific consultant for Video Discovery, Neo Sci, Prentice Hall Biology Review books, and several other publishers. Patricia has had numerous articles published in magazines including the NSTA Reports, STANYS Science Bulletin, The Forensic Teacher, and Women in Engineering. Patricia attended, developed curricula, and was a frequent presenter for the Cornell Institute of Biology Teachers (CIBT) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Patricia’s professional involvement includes memberships in numerous professional organizations. She served as a corresponding secretary for her local teacher’s union and served as the Subject Area Representative in Biology for the Eastern section of Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS).

  • Forensic Science MindTapTM and Virtual Labs--Give your students real-world lab experience within an online environment with MindTap! MindTap is a fully online, highly personalized learning experience that combines readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments into a singular Learning Path. Each Virtual Lab activity includes: background information, 3-D crime scene, clear instructions, Toolkit, post-lab assessment, critical-thinking questions, and research activities.
  • Aligned to National Standards--This text combines topics from math, chemistry, biology, physics, literacy, and earth science into a single course with all materials correlated to the NGSS, and CCSS. The topics are identified by distinctive icons in the chapter opener as well as throughout the text.
  • Updated end-of-chapter lab activities gives students the hands-on experience needed to fully understand and truly integrate their knowledge of science and related subjects.
  • Updated Capstone Projects give students the opportunity to apply key topics learned throughout the year, as well as extend the learning process with the opportunity to synthesize this knowledge and new content.
  • What's NEW!-- New coverage for various topics such as a new chapter (11) on entomology; scientific changes in DNA technologies (7); more coverage of autopsy (12); more coverage in crime scene investigation; Pollen chapter is now Forensic Botany (5).
  • Historical Developments highlight how forensic science has impacted events throughout history. Students examine how today's investigative approaches have evolved as the nature of scientific methods and tools have dramatically advanced.
  • The Gale Forensic Science eCollection™ allows you and your students to investigate the mysteries of forensic science in-depth with online access to hundreds of articles--from highly specialized academic journals to general science-focused magazines. This one-of-a-kind resource will keep you and your student's current with the latest scientific developments in this growing field. No other publisher offers such a complete, exclusive resource.
  • Careers in Forensic Science focuses on the hottest careers related to forensic science today, detailing job requirements, necessary preparation, challenges, and compensation.
  • The Forensic Science companion website offers a wealth of learning and teaching resources including Web links, glossary terms, flashcards, crossword puzzles, lab forms, lesson plans, PowerPoint® presentation slides, and much more.
  • End of Chapter Review Questions, including true-false, multiple choice, and short answer, highlight cross-curricular connections and ensure students thoroughly comprehend principles before moving ahead.
  • Did You Know? builds on chapter content by highlighting related current events, scientific tips, even little known facts students will remember.
  • Chapter-opening scenarios highlight some of the latest developments and intriguing news shaping popular forensic science today. These exciting stories, taken directly from gripping headlines, draw students into the chapter information that follows. Scenarios feature well-known cases, such as Jonbenet Ramsey, O.J. Simpson, Cory Monteith, the Washington D.C. sniper killings, and more.
  • National Science Education topics integrated throughout each chapter focus on biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, psychology, and mathematics. Icons clearly identify these cross-curricular strengths.
  • Scientific Terms and Vocabulary, highlighted in each chapter, introduce key terms, ensuring students are able to understand their meaning.
  • Clear Learning Objectives guide student study and help them focus on the key topics within each chapter. Chapter content and assessment materials are tagged to specific learning objectives to provide students with a strong framework for mastering key concepts.
  • A variety of high-interest lab activities (three to five per chapter) save you time while giving students the hands-on experience needed to understand and integrate their knowledge of science and related subjects. Hands-on lab activities outline the objectives, time required, materials, safety precautions, scenarios, background information, detailed procedures and data tables, follow-up questions, and research opportunities. Affordable lab activity materials allow for labs to be completed with minimal investment.
  • A dynamic, engaging design and a clear presentation showcase the exciting world of forensic science with captivating images, glimpses into actual crime and lab scenes, intriguing facts, and actual case studies.
  • Case Studies bring closure to the principles discussed within the chapter using intriguing cases and challenges drawn from actual forensic investigations. Questions prompt discussion and further students' critical-thinking skills.

Table of Contents

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1. Observational Skills.
2. Crime Scene Investigation & Evidence Examination.
3. The Study of Hair.
4. A Study of Fibers and Fabrics.
5. Forensic Botany.
6. Fingerprinting.
7. DNA Profiling.
8. Blood & Blood Spatter.
9. Forensic Toxicology.
10. Handwriting Analysis, Forgery, and Counterfeiting.
11. Forensic Entomology
12. Death: Meaning, Manner, Mechanism, Cause and Time.
13. Soil Examination.
14. Forensic Anthropology.
15. Glass Evidence.
16. Casts and Impressions.
17. Tool Marks.
18. Ballistics.
Capstone Projects.
Project 1 Personal Evidence Portfolio.
Project 2 Mock Crime Scene Development and Processing.
Project 3 Analysis of a Forensic Science TV Show Diving.
Project 4 Forensic Dumpster Diving.
Project 5 Physical Evidence Case Studies.
Project 6 Forensic Science Career Exploration.
Project 7 Landmark Cases.
Project 8 How reliable is the Evidence.
Project 9 (new) Forensic Grave site Dig.
Sine Table,
Tangents Table.
Bone Measurements Table.
Celsius-Fahrenheit Conversion Table.

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