About

 

 

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:

 

  • Homeschool programs which are either arranged through a specific group, or by me in an area with multiple groups.
  • Public programs which I set up at a location and then have individuals sign up directly with me.
  • Adult programs which will be geared to individuals aged 14 and up and which have a higher level of technical difficulty and more in-depth content.  Adult programs are great for people who want to write mysteries or for those who are fascinated by historical or contemporary crimes.  In some programs, we will focus on a specific unsolved mystery from the past and tackle it as forensic historians.
  • School programs which are set up with a school.  I do one day or multiple day programs where I can spend an hour with many different classes, or more time with a few classes.
  • Library programs which can be as short as one hour or as long as a whole day.
  • Visually impaired programs in which I do CSI activities geared toward those with low vision or no vision.  I have 3D fingerprint models, as well as a variety of tactile activities.  I use Braille labels, and incorporate other senses in CSI work.

 

Topics covered:

  • Fingerprings
  • Shoe prints/impressions
  • Tire prints/impressions
  • Blood
  • Ink and document analysis
  • Linguistic analysis
  • Handwriting analysis
  • Trace Evidence
  • Poisons
  • Forensic Geology
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Forensic Botany
  • Forensic Palynology
  • Forensic History
  • Forensic Geography

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