It’s a fair assumption that few geologists have vials of fake blood in their office. David Szymanski does. For the assistant professor of natural and applied sciences, the liquid is a necessary ingredient for teaching a course in forensic science.
TV shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation have helped make the class a popular choice among undergraduates.
Putting aside the theatrics and yet-to-be-invented gadgetry of TV crime dramas, Szymanski knows the real-world application of forensics. This geologist by trade is also a practicing forensic scientist.