Speaking Simply

Whether you are a student writing a thesis, an educator teaching a class, or a forensic scientist sitting on the witness stand, you need to master one critical skill: Clear, concise communication.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) features on its website a brief video that drives home this important point. It illustrates the way that many scientists get bogged down in explaining their work in very technical language—and shows how rearranging your words into simple English can make it easy for anyone to understand.

Go here and click the video on the right side of the page.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.