September 8: Science of Crime – Chemistry
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Chemistry detail in Southern Nevada.
Forensic science is a complex discipline that encompasses more than a dozen distinct fields. Except for a few recent additions to the investigative tool kit such as DNA analysis and computer forensics, most fields trace their origins to the 19th century or before.
Presented by The Mob Museum and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Forensic Laboratory, this program in the Science of Crime series explores the chemistry detail with Forensic Scientist Meagan Castor and Forensic Scientist Jason Althnether.
Within most crime labs, scientists have highly specialized expertise. Unlike what is portrayed on television, it is rarely one individual who investigates the crime scene, processes the fingerprints, analyzes the DNA and examines the trace evidence. Instead, highly specialized experts focus on one field. This leads to more efficient and effective lab results.
Each month, The Mob Museum and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Forensic Laboratory will present an in-depth look at the disciplines and sciences that encompass forensic analysis.
Forensic Scientist Meagan Castor
A former criminalist in the Drug Analysis Section of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Crime Laboratory and currently part of the LVMPD’s Controlled Substances Unit, Castor will share her expertise in the field.
The chemistry detail provides controlled substance and trace evidence analyses
This program takes place in the Oscar B. Goodman Room on the Museum’s third floor.
Free for Museum Member or with Museum admission.
If you’re a Museum Member, please bring your Membership card with you and look for a member check-in table in our lobby.
If you’re not a Museum Member, please check-in at our box office to purchase your Museum admission.