Revelatory for teachers of forensic science, physics, and math, this master class will bring real-world forensics to the classroom. Criminalist Peter Diaczuk of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice will begin by describing his forensic work on an actual case involving ten peacekeepers in Rwanda. With the help of practical exercises that can be used with students, teachers will then learn how forensic scientists examine a shooting scene, interpret information from recovered bullets, and calculate bullet trajectory using mock walls, trajectory rods, protractors, and plumb bobs.
Peter Diaczuk is a trainwreck. He bites off more than he can chew and then scrambles at the end to try to break the laws of physics by reversing time. He means well and often pulls off the impossible by working all day and night just before his obligations are due. He is the past president of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists and the New York Microscopical Society and is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics and serves on their board of directors. Diaczuk has taught advanced criminalistics at Penn State University and at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Likewise, he has taught the forensic examination of firearms and tool marks in their graduate programs. His research interests include advancing shooting scene reconstruction and trace evidence appreciation, especially on bullets.