The Forensic Teacher Magazine Features Interview With Skip Palenik

The Winter 2017 edition of The Forensic Teacher Magazine features an interview with Microtrace founder Skip Palenik. Amongst other things, Skip discusses his early education and advanced training, Microtrace’s specialty in the fields of microscopy and microchemistry, the challenges (the CSI effect) and rewards of working in these fields, some memorable cases, and his teaching philosophy.

From the introduction:

“Skip Palenik isn’t someone you’d want to meet in a dark alley. No, he isn’t a ninja, he doesn’t have mutant claws, and he has absolutely no skill in committing murder. However, he’s able to tell you exactly what you’re stepping in, what that crud on the garbage can lid you just touched is, and what’s left on your hands after you use that precious hand sanitizer you carry around. Lochard (sp) came up with the whole trace evidence concept, but Skip lives it. Shakespeare said, ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’ Well, sorry, Horatio, but Skip’s identified about 99.9% of them. This is the guy the experts turn to for help when they can’t figure something out.”

The full article can be found here.

 

The Forensic Teacher Magazine

The mission of this magazine is to help forensic educators share ideas and lessons. Forensic education is showing no signs of slowing down. The readers of our magazine are educational professionals who want the latest developments in the field. They’re passionate about forensics. They care about their students. And they’re hungry for sources of forensic materials they can count on.

The Forensic Teacher Magazine is published quarterly online.

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