July 7, 2008
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine:
SRU graduate appears in 'Crime Scene University' TV premiere
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Becky Wagner, a 2007 Slippery Rock University graduate, is one of several student forensic scientists who will appear in the Thursday television premiere of Crime Scene University. The Investigation Discovery program challenges participants and viewers to solve mock crimes by analyzing forensic evidence.
Wagner, an SRU chemistry graduate from Sewickley now taking doctoral work at Duquesne University, participated in the taping of the show while a senior at SRU. Locally, the 90-minute program will air at 8 p.m. on Armstrong Cable's satellite network Television Plus 40, Channel 420.
The four-part series challenges two teams of college students to unravel the mysteries of a double homicide, car accident and robbery. Viewers will observe forensic techniques such as fingerprinting, bullet trajectory, DNA and blood spatter analysis.
The idea is to show viewers the difficulties of interpreting forensic evidence and the great lengths that go into a thorough crime scene investigation. The teams of students will present their conclusions at the end of each case.
Wagner was asked to participate after enrolling in a six-week forensic science course taught by Robert Shaler, professor of forensic science at Pennsylvania State University. His course formed the basis of the television show.
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