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November Metting

Posted by Joseph Ward on November 8, 2010 at 4:51 PM

 November Meeting (September Redux)


Tuesday, November 16, 2010



“Crime Scene Investigation”


by  Rebecca Hooks

Crime Scene Investigator, Illinois Forensic Science Lab -- Rockford



Dinner:                        6:00PM:  Dos Reales Restaurant, 5855 E. State Street, Rockford, IL

Evening Talk:              7:45PM: Starr Science Bldg, Room 201, Rockford College


Dinner Reservationsto:   


Ms. Glenda Riggins at  (815) 226-4152 by Tuesday, November 16, 12:00pm.




      Note:   Dinner will be $10 for ACS and Sigma Xi members and non-members; high-school teachers and students $5.    Remember, one does not have to be an ACS member to attend a lecture or dinner. While there is a small charge for dinner,the lectures are free and open to the public. Bring a friend.





Why the repeat of September?


Ms. Hooks was to have been our September speaker.  However, her job as a CSI called her away at the last minute to a crime scene in Belvidere, so she was unable to speak thatnight.  We are fortunate that she has agreedto reschedule her talk for the 16th of this month. 



The Speaker


Rebecca Hooks graduated from Eastern Illinois University as a zoology major andchemistry minor.  Shortly afterwards, CSI Hooks began working as an autopsy assistant for Board Certified Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Larry Blum, where her duties included the removal, weighing,and dissection of organs to determine a cause of death and doing research atthe University of Illinois School of Medicine in Rockford, Illinois.  She still assists Dr.  Blum part-time and has attended over 180 0autopsies.  She was recruited by theIllinois State Police Crime Scene Services Command and entered the IllinoisState Police Academy in 2002.  She workedpatrol in District 15 for 3 years and then transferred into the ISP Crime SceneServices Command in 2006.   CSI Hooks processes various types of crime scenes and specializes in bloodstain patternanalysis. 





The Local Rock River Section of the ACS will hold its annual elections at this November meeting.  Why not consider serving as an officer of the section? 



From the ACS:  Considerpartnering with a science teacher in your community. 


Who inspired you to be a scientist?  Be the inspiration for the next generation by partnering with a middle- or high schoolscience teacher this year or next. Assist a teacher in simple ways like answering questions from students,cleaning out the chemical cabinet, or assisting students as they conduct lab experiments.  The ACS will reimburse youup to $500 for science materials and equipment purchased for your work with the teacher and students.  Find out more and enroll in the program by contacting ACS staff at

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