Forensic Scientist

The CSI Effect in New Zealand: what is it?

Anna Sandiford Sep 30, 2011

I have been asked to provide comment on the CSI effect in New Zealand. The request came from a Forensic Science student and so I started to pen (type) my reply. However, it got the better of me and so I thought I’d just add it as a blog post as well. My opinion of the CSI Effect in NZ … Read More

Scientific grammer [sic]

Anna Sandiford Sep 30, 2011

I loathe mispellings and bad grammar.  Many scientific papers have excellent scientific results and interpretations to report but if someone puts a preposition at the end of a sentence, my estimation of them lowers just a tiny fraction.  I know I am also guilty of it but I try to minimise the problem. People have their own foibles about grammar, … Read More

Freaking people out with tales of gore

Anna Sandiford Sep 01, 2011

In the third of the series, the next questions to be answered from the blogpost a-forensic-scientist-tells-it-like-it-is-free-book-to-give-away, these ones from EvilTwit: Do you find yourself getting excited about facets of the case that would normally freak other people out (and editing these sentiments out of conversations)? Short answer: yes. Long answer: In the spirit of the [...] … Read More

’Police armed with keyboards can be as effective as those with truncheons’ — discuss

Anna Sandiford Aug 23, 2011

Regardless of what people think about Big Brother and the nanny state, there’s no denying that in a country fed up with troublemakers, England has used the myriad of CCTV cameras to deal to rioters.  The Breat British Public have, of course, added their own version of looters by photoshopping them: PhotoShop Looters.   These are [...] … Read More