Discuss Stable Isotopes in Forensic Analysis
Part 1. “Stable Isotopes in Forensic Analysis”
Read an article about the use of stable isotopes in forensic analysis for law-enforcement purposes. You may read one of the suggested articles, below, or one of your own choosing. Then, in a primary post of at least 125 words, in your own words, explain what a stable isotope is and how stable isotope analysis can be an aid to law enforcement forensics. Make a substantive reply to at least one fellow student.
•Ackerman, S. J. (2013, January/February). A different kind of CSI: crime and stable isotopes. American Scientist. Retrieved from https://www.americanscientist.org/article/a-different-kind-of-csi-crime-and- stable-isotopes
•De Chant, T. (2012, October 18). Stable isotopes in forensics. NOVA. Retrieved from
•Schwarcz, H. P. (2007, January 6). Tracing unidentified skeletons using stable isotopes. Forensic
Magazine. Retrieved from https://www.forensicmag.com/article/2007/01/tracing-unidentified- skeletons-using-stable-isotopes
Part 2. “Identifying Truth or Fiction”
The video clip, “The Baloney Detection Kit,” this week discusses the ways an effective critical thinker assesses claims made by others.
•Examine some key reasons why people might seem attracted to pseudoscience-type claims.
•Describe at least two (2) such claims that you have heard people make and analyze the main reasons why such claims do or do not meet rigorous scientific methodology standards.
•Determine at least two (2) ways in which the material discussed this week has changed your own thinking
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