Charlestown High Schools

Forensic Science - Rich Fox Instructor - The Real CSI

Crime VanRich Fox has been a forensic educator for sixteen years and currently teaches forensic science at Charlestown High School. Over the course of his career Mr. Fox has had the opportunity to be trained at some of the finest scientific facilities in the country including; The Human Remains I.D Lab, Oak Ridge National Labs, the Human Genome Project and The McCrone School of Microscopy. He has assisted with the identification of remains from mass graves in Bosnia and is a member of the International Association for Forensic Identification.

Rich Fox has been selected for the Society for Science and the PublicFellows Program. With generous support from Intel, the fellowship provides funds and training to selected U.S. science and math teachers who serve under-resourced students, to enable interested and motivated students to perform high-quality independent scientific research.

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Mr. Fox's teaching assignments have included secondary schools in Las Vegas and Boston, the Johns Hopkins Center for Gifted Youth, and Tufts University. His students have been featured in numerous exposés, newspapers, and media networks across the country. Many of his students have gone on to pursue various forensic related careers.

Through extensive collaboration Fox's forensic programs have received hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and monetary donations from law enforcement, private industry and academia. He is currently collaborating with professionals to design and build a state of the art forensic facility in Boston Massachusetts that will be used to train high school students in forensic and biotechnology laboratory techniques

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Forensic StudentsForensic Science
Course Topics

  • Laboratory safety, lab techniques and introduction to data collecting technology.
  • The Crime Scene: photography, drawing, application of methodology, observation skills, and physical evidence.
  • Fingerprints: characteristics, identification, latent prints, lifting and developing prints from various surfaces.
  • Hair Analysis: microscopy, analysis of hair, human vs. animal, morphology of human hair.
  • Glass and Soil: refractive index, density, fractures, patterns, identification and analysis of various types.
  • Drugs: analysis of drugs/medications, drug control laws, spot tests, and qualitative analysis.
  • Toxicology: analysis of poisons, alcohol, and lab tests for various substances.
  • Fibers and Paints: laboratory analysis of natural and synthetic fibers, comparative analysis of automobile paint chips.
  • Forensic odontology and analysis of bite mark evidence
  • Forensic Serology: identification and typing of blood, presumptive testing and  blood spatter patterns.
  • DNA: electrophoresis, extraction of DNA and comparative analysis of patterns
  • Firearms, Tool Marks, and Other Impressions: metal analysis, etching serial numbers, bullet comparisons, cartridge cases
  • Forensic Anthropology: analysis of skeletal remains
  • Forensic Entomology: the use of insects in a criminal investigation
  • Arson and Explosion Investigations: chemistry of fire, oxidizing agents, types of explosives