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Congratulations Malik Sylla!

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation would like to congratulate Malik Sylla on receiving The American Chemical Society’s Project SEED Scholarship.

The Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation AAFS Scholarship

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation and The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education are pleased to announce the availability of two AAFS travel and meeting scholarships for alumni of the Arcadia University Master of Science in Forensic Science program.

The scholarships are intended to help promote professional growth and career development of the alumni of Arcadia University’s FEPAC accredited program. To be eligible, applicants must submit an abstract to the AAFS annual meeting by their deadline of August 1, 2014 (AAFS Abstract Submission Form).

To learn more about the scholarship and apply please follow this link!

Welcome FMI 2014 Mentors!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation would like to welcome this year’s mentors Mollie Mares, Sarah Wolf, Alex Krotulski & Craig Leopold!

Kimberlee Moran Interviewed by NPR

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

In advance of the PBS documentary on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes character and his relationship to forensic science, “How Sherlock Changed the World,” which premiers tonight, Center Director Kimberlee Moran was interviewed by NPR. From NPR’s website:

“In 1886, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published his first story about a detective named Sherlock Holmes, a perceptive character whose love for logic and sharp eye would go on to inspire mystery writers and real-life crime scene investigators alike.

A new PBS documentary looks at the ways Sherlock Holmes still informs how we think and investigate real crimes—even today.

What is about Holmes that inspires even modern investigators to cautiously and methodically look at the clues in order to solve a crime?

Joining The Takeaway to explain is Kimberlee Sue Moran, a forensic archaeologist featured in ‘How Sherlock Changed the World.’”

Listen to the interview here and watch the trailer for the PBS documentary here. The two-hour documentary, which features interviews with Moran and Foundation Board Member Dr. Michael Rieders, premiers tonight at 8 pm EDT on PBS.

PBS Documentary on Sherlock Holmes Premiering December 17th

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Center  Executive Director Dr. Barry Logan, Director Kimberlee Moran and Fredric Rieders Foundation and NMS Labs Board Member Dr. Michael Rieders both feature in the upcoming PBS Documentary on Sherlock Holmes: How Sherlock Changed the World. This brand-new documentary will premier in the U.S. at 9 pm EDT on Tuesday December 17th. Interviews with Dr. Logan, Dr. Rieders and Ms. Moran utilize their expertise as forensic scientists in looking at the cultural impact Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories had on the popular conception of the forensic sciences. This new documentary, which anticipates the U.S. premier of season three of the BBC series Sherlock on Masterpiece Theater next month, explores how “from blood to ballistics, from fingerprints to footprints, Sherlock Holmes was 120 years ahead of his time, protecting crime scenes from contamination, looking for minute traces of evidence and searching for what the eye couldn’t see.” Visit the show’s website to watch the trailer and tune in for the program at 9 pm EDT this Tuesday.

The Center Partners with College of Physicians

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education is now partnering with the Karabots Junior Fellows Program at the College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaCenter Director Kimberlee Moran has previously worked with the program to provide training in crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, and environmental forensics to their students. The Center will provide unique forensic content, in the form of lectures and hands-on forensic activities, to the Karabots Junior Fellows Program.

The Karabots Junior Fellows Program aims to use the resources of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia to provide practical assistance, mentoring, and academic and social support to a select group of Philadelphia high school students from communities under-represented in current healthcare professions. This three-year program is designed to facilitate their continuation into post-secondary education required for a career in healthcare. The Karabots Junior Fellows Program was officially launched on June 1, 2009 when Nick and Athena Karabots of The Karabots Foundation generously donated the first year’s funding for the program. Visit the program’s website to learn more.

2013 AAFS Forensic Science Career Choice and Development Webinars

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The following is an announcement from the Center Executive Director and President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Dr. Barry K. Logan:


To Whom It May Concern:


I am pleased to announce a series of free on-line webinars on forensic science career choices and development. This program was developed in conjunction with the theme of our upcoming annual meeting theme of “Forensic Science Education and Mentorship: Our Path Forward”.   A series of eleven sessions are scheduled, one for each section of our Academy.  Anyone interested can sign up for as many of these sessions as they wish to help them with career choices and planning.

Each session will be hosted by an experienced professional from the section. Many sessions will also include participation by a member of the Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE), a group of forensic science education professionals who can advise on availability of accredited forensic science programs, and coursework relevant to your discipline.

The series is designed to engage both starting and potential forensic scientists and allied professionals, with experienced practitioners in each of our eleven sections giving a short overview of the area, followed by an online Q&A session to address specific questions from participants.   Each session will cover key topics including:

Career Planning:

  • What is a forensic pathologist/Criminalist/odontologist/document examiner, etc?
  • What are examples of jobs or work done by someone in this field?
  • Who typically employs someone with this expertise?
  • What might a typical day include for someone in this field?
  • What attributes make someone well suited to a career in this discipline?
  • How does someone prepare for a career in the field?
  • Type of degree, type of coursework, balance of science versus criminal justice coursework, etc.,
    • significance of an accredited degree program.
    • Part time work or extracurricular activities.
    • Advantages of obtaining a Masters degree?
    • Advantages of obtaining a PhD?
    • How to select a Masters or PhD program?


Career development

  • How do you find work/job opportunities?
  • How can you network with other people in the field?
  • How do you achieve professional certification?
  • How do you achieve membership in professional organizations (including student membership in AAFS)
  • How do I become an active participant in my section in AAFS?
  • What continuing education options are available?
  • What kind of salary range can someone expect to get at the entry level or once they reach a journey level position?

The schedule for the sessions is as follows:


Criminalistics Wed., 11-13/7:00PM EST
Digital & Multi-Media Sciences Wed., 11-27/7:00PM EST
Engineering Sciences Tues., 12-03/7:00PM EST
General Wed., 12-04/7:00PM EST
Jurisprudence Wed., 12-11/7:00PM EST
Questioned Documents Tues., 12-17/7:00PM EST
Odontology Wed., 12-18/7:00PM EST
Pathology/Biology Tues., 01-07/7:00PM EST
Toxicology Wed., 01-08/7:00PM EST
Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Tues., 01-14/7:00PM EST
Physical Anthropology Wed., 01-15/7:00PM EST

To register, click on the section name and follow in instructions on the registration page.

The sessions will be archived and will also be available for later online review.

My thanks to all our members in each section and at COSFE who have worked with the AAFS staff to put this program together, and we are excited to have you join us for this new AAFS initiative.

Barry K. Logan, PhD, DABFT

President, AAFS



Kimberlee Moran Wins Geekadelphia’s Scientist of the Year Award

Friday, October 11th, 2013

The Center’s new Director, Kimberlee Moran, was just honored with Geekadelphia’s Scientist of the Year Award. Formerly an employee of Rutgers University, Ms. Moran started work at the Center in September heading a new development initiative. The award was given for promoting the study of the sciences in the Philadelphia area, and was specifically related to her role as the instructor of the Center’s recent Blast Scene Recovery course which was held in Montgomery County, PA in October 2012. Read more about Kimberlee’s award and the ceremony at the Rutgers website, and visit our Staff page to learn more about Kimberlee.

The 3rd Annual Forensic Science Forum

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

The 3rd Annual Forensic Science Forum will be held in Stiteler Auditorium at Arcadia University November 22-23, 2013. This free two-day event is open to the public and will expose students to a variety of experts in the forensic sciences as well as give them the opportunity to visit Arcadia’s campus and receive information about the University’s programs.

This year, no pre-registration is required. Visit the Forum’s page to find out more information about the schedule and speakers as it becomes available.

Dr. Michael Rieders Receives Vidocq Society Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Cold Murder Case solutions group recognizes Dr. Rieders for decades of service to Vidocq Society and Forensic Science

Michael F. Rieders, PhD, VSM, Chairman of the Board of Directors at NMS Labs and the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation is the 2013 recipient of The Vidocq Society’s prestigious Dr. Halbert E. Fillinger, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Rieders was chosen for his leadership and continuing commitment in the field of forensic science. The Halbert E. Fillinger, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award was established in honor of Dr. Halbert E. Fillinger, Jr., an active member of the Vidocq Society and nationally renowned forensic pathologist whose scientific sleuthing helped solve hundreds of homicides. Established in 1990, The Vidocq Society is an organization of criminal justice and forensic professionals who volunteer to help resolve cold, unsolved homicides. Dr. Rieders is a strong advocate for, and contributor to, the Society’s mission. By working with various criminal justice organizations, Dr. Rieders works to bring a systematic understanding of the value of forensic sciences to the criminal justice community. Dr. Rieders is a Forensic Toxicologist and a licensed Laboratory Director. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Full member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, The World Association of Medical Law and the National Association of Medical Examiners where he serves on their Foundation Board. While Dr. Rieders served on Pennsylvania’s Advisory Committee on Wrongful Convictions, he worked with the Forensic Science Subcommittee on recommendations to improve the forensic science investigation system. He has testified in numerous criminal, civil and arbitration proceedings. Dr. Rieders earned a doctoral degree in Pharmacology/Toxicology from Thomas Jefferson University and is a graduate of Arcadia University where he is faculty member and instructor for the Masters in Forensic Science Program. He is a Board member of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Sciences in New Haven, Conn. and the National Forensic Science Technology Center in Florida. “I am honored to learn that my colleagues at The Vidocq Society, an organization that I have proudly served as a member for so many years, have recognized my contributions to the profession through the Fillinger award,” explained Dr. Rieders. “ Dr. Fillinger was a friend and mentor who I had the great fortune to work with for many years”. He went on to add that he looks forward to continuing his lifetime of work with the Vidocq Society. The Halbert E. Fillinger, Jr. Medal and Lifetime Achievement Award is not presented every year but only when the Board of Directors deems someone particularly worthy. Past honorees of the award include Professor William Bass in 2003, FBI top Agent Robert Kenneth Ressler in 2007, Frank Bender in 2009, Kenneth D. Freeman in 2010 and Lt. Colonel James Carino in 2012. The award will be presented to Dr. Rieders at a ceremony in Philadelphia on September 14.

About NMS Labs: NMS Labs is an internationally accredited private, independent clinical toxicology and forensic laboratory that performs DNA, serology, drug identification, firearms examination and an unsurpassed scope of toxicology testing and expert testimony for the global criminal, death investigation and civil justice system. NMS Labs is the leading provider of innovative diagnostic toxicology services to the US national reference lab network. NMS Labs – passionate about promoting public health and safety. For more information, contact: Amanda Shirk, Marketing, 215-366-1405 or at