If youre like most Americans, you grab your TV remote and punch up at least one murder a week in your living room.
But is what youre seeing on those popularCSIepisodes how it really works at the scenes of actual crimes?
Public school science teachers will find out during the annual Forensic Science Education Conference Thursday through Saturday (July 21-23) at West Virginia University.
WVU and Court TV are teaming with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences for the national conference, which will present a series of workshops that offer a glimpse behind the glamour and glitz of theCSIworld.
Around 60 middle- and high school science teachers from across West Virginia and the country will spend the next three days at WVU s landmark forensic facilitiestwocrime scenehouses and a forensic garageto learn hands-on techniques used by real investigators at real crime scenes.
Sessions will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the facilities on Oakland Street on WVU s Evansdale campus.
Its going to be all �€~hands-on,said Max Houck, a former FBI investigator who now heads the Universitys Forensic Science Initiative.Rather than have science teachers try to reproduce the questionable techniques they see on TV, well have the real thing.
That means, Houck said, learning from experts in the field on everything from blood spatter analysis to bullet trajectories, using life-size mannequins depicting murder scenarios in the crime scene houses.
Participants will learn how to reconstruct fatal traffic accidentswhile also discovering how a tube of lipstick can tell the tale in a murder investigation.
On Sunday (July 24) Houck and WVU forensic students will also be featured on national television, in a segment of E! True Hollywood Stories.The Real Life CSI : THS Investigates,will air at 8 p.m. Check your local listings for details.