All programs are designed and run by me, Thomas Jones. My wife, Linda Jones, a science professor at Empire State College, runs some sections on the use of geology and botany in forensic science. We are currently working on research into the use of forensic science programs for visually impaired children. A bit of background may be helpful to people interested in one of these programs.
I have run over 100 CSI programs, including library programs, elementary and middle school programs, homeschool programs, high school/college programs, and specialized programs. My educational background includes BA and MA degrees from the University of Illinois, and a JD (law) from the University of Michigan, as well as graduate studies in forensic science and geography. I spent over 11 years as an attorney, where I reviewed specific types of evidence for probative value, as well as for authenticity.
I was invited to run the forensic science day for the Northern Illinois University's REAL Program for two straight years, and I quickly developed a series of programs for kids thereafter. I have written manuals about forensic science and CSI programs for kids that have been used by various groups, including the Girl Scouts. I have consulted with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police when they had to set up a program for kids. In the fall of 2009, I delivered a two day program for visually impaired and blind children in Minnesota. I recently gave a guest lecture on Linguistic Analysis of Ransom Notes to the Criminology class at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). I was subsequently invited to prepare a course on Forensic Science at SMSU.
My programs have taken place in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, and West Virginia, with upcoming programs scheduled for New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
There are six types of programs that I currently focus on: