The Holiday Extravaganza

Happy Holidays, everyone!  We hope you’re enjoying time with friends and family and good cheer.  In our last update we promised pictures from our holiday party and so we shall deliver.  You know a Karabots Junior Fellows party could never be simply finger food and soft music, it has to be a party + crime scene investigation.  In this case (cover the little one’s eyes), we solved the mystery of who poisoned Santa!  Exhibit A:  Santa about enjoy his milk and cookies.

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Exhibit B: Santa no longer enjoying his milk and cookies.

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Unflustered by Santa’s demise, the Karabots students quickly cordoned off the area.

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Then set about recovering fingerprints and footprints from the scene (as well as isolating the offending cookies).

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The students then walked the crowd of party-goers through solving the wicked crime.

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As it turns out some of our students were responsible.  Just when you think you know somebody, huh?  Luckily, that didn’t stop us from enjoying the evening.

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The most special moment of all came when members of all three groups of Karabots students (our current groups of sophomores and seniors as well as members of our first cohort, many of whom are now sophomores in College!) gathered together for a photo with our funders, Nicholas and Athena Karabots.

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Much thanks to our wonderful students, their friends and families, our community partners, and, of course, our funders, Nicholas and Athena Karabots and the Karabots Foundation, for a wonderful evening and a fabulous semester.  We’ll see you all in the new year!

Watch What You Touch

No semester on forensics would be complete without getting ink all over your fingers, the tables, and pretty much everything you own.  Watch that thumb, Danielle.

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That’s right, it was fingerprint day.  We learned all about arcs, loops, whorls, and deltas.  Most importantly, we now know that if you touch anything for even a second, you’re gonna leave a print.  There’s no such thing as a perfect crime, guys.  Not these days.  Another thing we learned?  It’s hard to do stuff with your pinky.

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We’ll have a full report from our end of semester party next week.  Until then, whatever it was, Jarred did it.

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Faces, Ears, Flesh Eating Beetles

Just another day in the education department at the Mütter Museum.  Sadly, we weren’t able to have a tub of flesh eating beetles on site.  But our speaker, Sergio Guerra from the University of Pennsylvania and the New Jersey State Police, talked about using them to remove skin from excavated bones in his lecture on forensic facial reconstruction.

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He went on to demonstrate how, using only some pencil erasers, clay, and the human imagination, anyone can accurately recreate the face of a living person.

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Actually, it’s not easy at all.  We tried to make ears out of clay and it was nearly impossible.  Here’s Sergio taunting us.

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But we had a blast trying.  Look at Calvin.  He definitely thinks his ear is gonna be poppin’.

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Most importantly, we have even more respect for forensic anthropologists and the miracles of science (and art) they perform on a daily basis.  More soon!