• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 20s

Middle schoolers get hands-on look at forensic science

By Lauren Maxwell 8:14 PM June 12, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Investigating crime scenes may sound like an exciting job, at least on television, but how close are shows like NCSI and CSI to real life?

Some local middle schoolers are getting a chance to find out this week at the Alaska Forensic Science Camp.

On Thursday, campers toured the Alaska crime lab. They got a chance to process crime scenes, collect evidence and see how real forensic scientists work. Jen Maryanopolis works at the lab, she said television shows often give the impression that crimes can be solved in an hour.

“They think that we know who a suspect is right away, that we can get it in 45 minutes,” said Maryanopolis. “In reality is takes 4 to 6 weeks when I start a case in DNA at the lab for a report to get sent out, then I have to go to court. I am going to court on cases that I worked on in 2011.”

Maryanopolis said another misconception is that scientists who work behind the scenes get to do it all.

“They think we get to go to crime scenes and I get the gun and I get a badge and I get to interview the suspects,” said Maryanopolis. “ I don’t get to do all that fun stuff, I get to literally sit in the lab with my facemask on and my lab coat.”

Maryanopolis said television shows like CSI do give some good information and they seem to be attracting new interest to the profession. Several campers who finished their crime lab tour on Thursday said they would definitely consider a career in forensic science.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Washington mall shooting suspect ordered into mental health treatment

    by Associated Press on Sep 27, 13:50

    Assaults on his parents and inappropriate sexual behavior at school led judges to order mental health treatment for the young man charged with killing five people at a Washington state department store. Court records obtained by The Associated Press detail a series of criminal charges and attempts to rehabilitate 20-year-old Arcan Cetin, who was diagnosed […]

  • Sports

    Regional cross country winner Carl Charlie thanks community for victory

    by Adrian Wagner/KYUK on Sep 27, 13:46

    This story originated from KYUK Public Media and was republished with permission. BETHEL — High School students from across the Delta made the trip to Bethel this weekend to compete in the Lower Kuskowkim School District state qualifying cross country meet. Carl Charlie of Bethel Regional High School took first place for the boys in the 3.1 mile race […]

  • Lifestyle

    World Health Organization: 9 out of 10 people breathing excessive air pollution

    by CBS News on Sep 27, 13:12

    More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to strokes, heart disease, lung cancer and other problems, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The U.N. health agency said in a new report that 92 percent of people live in areas where air quality exceeds WHO limits, with southeast Asia, eastern […]

  • DayBreak

    Alaska volunteers help improve lives of those living in South Sudan

    by Daybreak Staff on Sep 27, 12:30

    Volunteers in Alaska have been working hard over the years to bring clean water, agriculture and health to the people of South Sudan. Now, they are hoping to raise $40,000 to continue their mission. Tuesday, the program director of the Alaska Sudan Medical Project, Jessi Curtis, joined Daybreak to talk about how the program started […]

  • DayBreak

    Alaska Aces help fight breast cancer through 5K race

    by Daybreak Staff on Sep 27, 12:27

    The Aces and SMG’s second annual 5K celebration kicks off Oct. 9. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Alaska Run for Women and go towards breast cancer research. Tuesday, Alaska Aces announcer Kurt Haider and Chelsa Adams joined Daybreak to talk about the importance of this year’s event. Alaska Aces & SMG 5k Sunday, […]

  • News

    Agency warns of solicitations for state trooper dog

    by Associated Press on Sep 27, 12:17

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Department of Public Safety says fundraising efforts have begun in the name of a state trooper dog killed Sunday but that the department is not behind the effort. The department is not seeking donations and is warning against donating to solicitations on the “Go Fund Me” website. The agency says […]

  • News

    Palmer hunter dies when all-terrain vehicle flips in creek

    by Associated Press on Sep 27, 12:09

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A 59-year-old Palmer man overdue from a hunting trip was founded dead Monday afternoon beneath his all-terrain vehicle. Alaska State Troopers say the body of Michael D. Anderson was found in a creek. Investigators determined his all-terrain vehicle had flipped and pinned him in the water. Anderson had been hunting near […]

  • Crime

    APD: Former Anchorage School District employee charged with embezzlement

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 27, 10:31

      A former Anchorage School District (ASD) employee, and Eagle River woman, is accused of embezzling between $50,000 to $60,000 over a five-and-a-half-year period, according to a release from the Anchorage Police Department (APD). Kellie Fagan, 61, was the focus of a months-long audit and investigation by ASD and APD after it was discovered, in April, […]