A new Canadian handbook on forensic science, created by two Trent University professors, will be an essential resource for professional practitioners as well as students in Forensic Science, Criminology, Policing and Anthropology, and will be used in both undergraduate and graduate Trent courses this year.
The Scientific Method in Forensic Science / A Canadian Handbook, is written by Dr. Mike Illes, assistant Forensic Science professor; and Dr. Paul Wilson, Biology professor and former Canada Research Chair in DNA Profiling, Forensic Science & Functional Genomics.
Written for the Canadian forensic science student and professional practitioner, the book provides an understanding of the scientific method and evidence-based analysis as they relate to forensic science in Canada. The scope covers not only science and its connection to forensic science but, perhaps more importantly, how real-life forensic case experiences relate to the science.
“I am hopeful my research and this book will contribute to the strengthening of research design and methods used within the forensic-science community” said Professor Illes.
The authors examine important events and reports such as the Kaufman Commission and the Goudge Report; review scientific concepts and reasoning; and outline steps to critically review a journal article and conduct a literature review. They also highlight the importance of critical thinking, ethics and impartiality, the role of statistics in casework and effective communication.
Prof. Illes will use the book, which stems from his Ph.D. research on forensic epistemology in Trent’s Environmental and Life Sciences program, in courses this year through the Forensic Science and Masters of Science in Forensic Science programs.
“This book is the culmination of Dr. Illes’ Ph.D. research, which has put him at the forefront of the formal incorporation of scientific method into the forensic sciences,” adds Professor Wilson.