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Pittsburgh, PA -- April 18, 2011 -- High school juniors and seniors can use their scientific and detective skills as participants in the Annual CSI Day at La Roche College on Friday, April 29. The free event is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. beginning in the Ryan Room of Zappala College Center, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, McCandless. The program includes lunch. A curious mind is the only requirement.

“The popularity of the television series ‘CSI’ has sparked a new interest in the fields of science and biology,” explains Professor Robert M. Mitchell, the event coordinator. “La Roche saw an opportunity to capture that enthusiasm for careers in the sciences by engaging students in a fun, yet educational day with their peers from other local schools.” Professor Mitchell, a former FBI agent, teaches criminal justice courses in the College’s Justice, Law and Security Department.

“It is also an opportunity to showcase the many resources La Roche offers in terms of instrumentation, lab access and high caliber faculty,” Mitchell adds.

Ashley Hairston, president of Delta Lambda Rho, the La Roche Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, will join Professor Mitchell in welcoming students.

The day begins in the campus crime lab for a presentation about crime scene investigation and documentation. Officer Eric Wallace, of the Ohio Township Police Department, and his canine partner will introduce students to the role of K-9 officers in investigations. Gail Rowe, Ph.D., professor of biology, and Don Fujito, Ph.D., chair of the Chemistry Department, will explain the significance of DNA in criminal investigations.

During the day, students will be assigned a simulated crime scene to study and produce their conclusions. The Allegheny County Crime Scene Unit also will present their actual procedures at another simulated crime scene near the campus library.

The day’s activities conclude in the campus parking lot where students can participate in drunk-driving simulations to show the impact of drinking and driving. They also will be able to tour a CSI Mobile Laboratory and CSI Response Van.

Trophies will be awarded to students who excel in solving their crime scene simulation. All students will receive a certificate of participation. While the program is free, registration is required via email: or by calling 412-536-1213.

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