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Forensic Science Is more than just CSI

This scientist’s motto is “if you see it, document it.”


Antoinette Thwaites

Antoinette T. Thwaites didn’t know that you could work as a chemist in forensics, until she applied for a job with the City of Philadelphia. That’s when the now Forensic Chemist in the Office of Forensic Science at the Philadelphia Police Department discovered how to use her degree to do forensic drug analysis. “It’s not at all like television. My recommendation is to never rush and pay attention to details,” she says.

Thwaites is founder, of the Association of Women in Forensic Science (AWIFS). It provides programs, for women forensic professionals, teenagers, and college students. Tweet her at @women in Forensic Science.

Watch Thwaites, who earned her BS degree in Chemistry at Temple University, speak about Forensic Science and entering the field.

Thwaites and another forensic scientist, are developing a podcast called Forenzik Chiks. Twitter: Forenzik Chiks.


Apps: Hootsuite, Evernote, and Yelp

Book: Currently reading Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Nell Scovell and Sheryl Sandberg

Podcasts: Serial, and Brilliant Idiots.

Movies: Coming to America, Boyz n the Hood, New Jack City, Menace to Society, Saturday Night Fever, Staying Alive, and Rocky.

Music and performers: Cold Play, Beyoncé, Rico Love, and Mint Condition

Web site: www.awifs.org, Huffington Post, and Madame Noire

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