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We hope 2019 finds you well. Here's an update of the last six months from BCIT Forensics. 
Our new Dean, Dean
Congratulations to our own Dean Hildebrand, who was recently promoted to Dean of the School of Computing and Academic Studies.
Students merging traditional forensics and tech
The bachelor’s degree project day showcased some fascinating capstones. According to Dave McKay, Program Head, we’re seeing a definite merging of traditional forensics with technology. Read more.
Spot the fake
In the era of “fake news,” it’s good to have experts who can help determine what’s real. Dave McKay was asked to help out recently by CKNW (31m35s) and CTV.
Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics offered full time
From fraud to violent crime, computers are often found to play a significant role as a tool for planning and conducting a crime, and may contain relevant evidence pertaining to an offense. In the face of a growing need for specialists trained in the field, the Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Option in the Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation will now be offered in a full-time format.
Alumni Award honours Tara Wilkie
Our own Tara Wilkie, Forensic Health Science instructor, received a BCIT 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. Tara was recognized for her leadership in the fight against human trafficking. Read more.
DNA behind the stories
The BCIT Forensic DNA lab continues to perform vital humanitarian work, often under the radar. Most recently the team was behind the story of identifying remains of a missing couple at a BC plane crash site, providing closure to loved ones.
 
BCIT experts have also been tapped repeatedly to explain and comment on high profile cases involving DNA evidence, from identification of remains in Toronto’s McArthur Case, to the DNA profiling which led to an arrest in the Marissa Shen murder investigation.
Mock crime for real training 
Students from California State University visited again this past summer for immersive international training at our summer field school. The week’s highlight was the mock crime scene, a true hands-on experience.
Norwegian guest tour 
A delegation from Norway participated in the first two days of the Forensic Nurse Examiner class in the Forensic Health Sciences Graduate Certificate. They hope to develop similar forensic health science processes and training in their country. Read more.

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