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British Columbia Institute of Technology
What a year that was! Even those of us who work in the sometimes hectic field of forensics found 2020 to be surprising. Despite the unpredictable year, we continued to make headlines as we sought to apply forensic tools and techniques, help victims, and reduce crime. Here’s a look back on some highlights as we look forward to a better 2021.
Studying online while deployed in pandemic
Forensic Health Science student Stephanie Patz credited the flexible, online schedule for enabling her to juggle coursework with her duties as an army medic, deployed in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
First grads for BCIT-UBC joint degree
We talked to Meredith Clark, part of the first graduating cohort in the Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Forensic Science joint degree between UBC and BCIT. Meredith outlined the opportunities the program gave her, the current job she loves, and the range of exciting next steps she’s considering. Read more
 
BCIT Instructor receives Visionary Award
Congratulations to BCIT Instructor and forensic nurse examiner Aimee Falkenberg for receiving the Visionary Award from the Canadian Forensic Nurses Association in recognition of her significant contribution to forensic nursing in Canada.  Read more
(photo: Island Health)
Online shopping risks and cyber awareness tips
We went into the holidays with BCIT Digital Forensics instructor and computer crime expert Ilia Lvovski, offering consumers tips to be cyber aware while online shopping. Ilia outlined ways to stay vigilant in safeguarding personal information online for CKNW radio, the Surrey Now Leader, and Global TV News.
Impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence
Faced with more time in close quarters and increased stressors, 2020 saw a devastating rise in domestic violence, both in terms of incidents and severity. Instructor and forensic nurse Tara Wilkie spoke to CKNW about the growing importance of Forensic Health Science. Listen now
Believe it!
Our Dean, Dr. Dean Hildebrand, was invited to a panel by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, where he explained procedures for testing and matching DNA. Ripley’s has purchased a lock of what is believed to be Abraham Lincoln’s hair at auction and had some experts discuss the possible authenticity of this unique piece of history. Watch now
New life for decades-old DNA
Instructor and DNA expert Steen Hartsen talked to CKNW radio about how DNA technology has changed, and how it’s being applied to solve cases that have long been cold, including a recent match in a 1984 homicide. Listen now

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