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Real-Life CSI: Case Studies in Forensic Science

Program Number: 16531RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/17/2013 - 3/22/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: DeLand, Florida
Price starting at: $623.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Forensics and crime-scene investigation play an essential role in modern police work. Immerse yourself in the world of real-life crime scene investigators to better understand this challenging field and learn how it differs from popular TV and movie portrayals. This is real CSI, with classes taught by active investigators and crime scene technicians. On the lighter side, enjoy a dinner-theater mystery performance.




Highlights

• Learn to secure, document, and photograph a crime scene just like a professional investigator.
• Following procedures and processes for collecting, analyzing, and preserving physical evidence.
• See how you do as a crime-scene investigator, applying your newfound skills as you get your hands dirty working on a mock crime scene.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Stetson University.




DeLand

DeLand is within easy reach of Disney World, the Daytona International Speedway, Sea World and Universal Studios. The town itself, known as the “Athens of Florida,” is surrounded by spring-fed lakes and acres of orange groves. The nearby Blue Spring State Park is home to manatees.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel with outdoor pool and free parking.
Meals and Lodgings
   University Inn
  Deland, FL 5 nights
 University Inn
Type: Motel
  Description: Welcome to the University Inn of Deland, Florida. We are located at 644 N. Woodland Blvd. adjacent to Stetson University and within blocks of the historic downtown Deland area. Whether you are here to visit the small specialty shops of Deland, to taste the diverse cuisine's of Deland's fine restaurants, or to roam the campus of Stetson University, we at the University Inn strive to give you the "personal touch." Our goal is to make your stay as comfortable as if you were at your own home. We want to show you what warm hospitality is about. Whether you are here for business or for pleasure, our staff is waiting to unravel the enchantment that you will find when you stay here, at the University Inn, in Deland. The University Inn is located directly across the street from Stetson University. We house many guests that come for athletic events, music performances, business opportunities, new parents for the first year student, and graduating parents for that final moment. We welcome the variety of people we see each year that come from the interest and opportunity of Stetson University
  Contact info: 644 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, FL 32720 USA
phone: 386-734-5711
  Room amenities: In room coffee makers, Micro-fridges, Free HBO & cable, Free local and toll-free calling. Evolution'z salon is located within our lobby.
  Facility amenities: Fitness room, Large outdoor pool. Evolution'z salon is located within our lobby.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $59-89. Ask for Road Scholar rate.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $59-89. Ask for Road Scholar rate.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Sunday at 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at University Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Friday at 1:00 p.m. You will be staying at University Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. All health forms/personal information forms must be completed and signed prior to the start of the program.
  Parking availability:
Free on-site parking for duration of program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Deland, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Daytona Beach
  Nearest highway: Highway 17/92. or I-4
  Nearest airport:  Daytona Beach (DAB) or Orlando (MCO).
  From End of Program
  Location: Deland, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

University Inn - DeLand

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
American Taxi
phone: 386-255-0000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45.00 1-4 passengers
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

www.americantaxidaytona.com This price is from the Daytona Beach International Airport ONLY! All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 

University Inn - DeLand

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
DeLand Taxi
phone: 386-734-8484

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Use DeLand taxi in association with DOTS Transportation. All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 

University Inn - DeLand

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
DeLand Express
phone: 386-747-6579

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

1-2 persons $45 from Daytona Beach International Airport
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 mins 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

www.delandexpress.com This is from the Daytona Beach International Airport ONLY All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 
Driving Directions
  To DeLand From Orlando/Tampa (Interstate 4, eastbound) -- Take the first DeLand exit (Exit 114) and turn left on State Road 472. Travel approximately three miles and veer right onto Highway 17/92, which later becomes Woodland Boulevard. Travel through downtown DeLand (5 miles) and you'll see the university's main gates at East Minnesota Avenue. From Jacksonville (Interstate 95, southbound) -- Take the International Speedway Boulevard (U.S. 92) exit (Exit 261B) and head west approximately 20 miles into DeLand. Turn left at 17/92 (Woodland Boulevard). Travel south through two traffic lights before entering the Stetson campus area at the main gates at East Minnesota Avenue. From Miami (Interstate 95, northbound) -- Take Exit 249 and head west on State Road 44 approximately 20 miles into DeLand. S.R. 44 will become New York Avenue as you approach DeLand. Turn right on Amelia Avenue and the Stetson campus area will begin after the traffic light. Turn left onto East Michigan Avenue and right at Woodland Boulevard. The main gates will be at East Minnesota Avenue. From Ocala (I-75) -- Take Exit 358 and head east on State Road 326. Travel approximately 15 miles and turn left on State Road 40. Travel approximately 45 miles and turn right on U.S. Highway 17. Travel about 15 miles into DeLand. U.S. 17 will become Woodland Boulevard as you approach the university. You'll arrive at the Stetson campus area when you see the brick entry at East Minnesota Avenue.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration, get acquainted, dinner and orientation. Get settled and ready for a fun filled week of learning and "playing" CSI.
(Sunday, March 17)
   
 Afternoon: Registration begins at 4:00 pm at the University Inn. At approximately 4:30 pm we will have a get-acquainted (ice breaker) session followed by a walking excursion through the beautiful Stetson University campus.
 Dinner: Banquet style. Professors invited to say hello.
 Evening: Orientation to the program and the world of CSI.
   
Accommodations: University Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Have breakfast in the university dining commons with members of the Stetson student community.
 Morning: Begin your exploration into the world of Crime Scene Investigations by learning about crime scene security, coordinating a crime scene unit response, and revisiting crime scene processing techniques from the past.
 Lunch: Dining Commons. Stetson has implemented a food nutrition analysis program offering more low-fat as well as vegetarian options. To learn more about Stetson's approach to balanced nutrition, see the information found at www.balancemindbodysoul.com/.
 Afternoon: Continue your quest as we learn the importance of documenting the crime scene. Digital photography has taken its place in the world of CSI, and we will discuss techniques used by investigators when using digital photography to document the scene and apply those techniques in a classroom setting.
 Dinner: Dining Commons. With several different stations, you can choose from a variety of entrees and side dishes.
 Evening: Extracurricular enrichment with either a University lecture or entertainment by local performers.
   
Accommodations: University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Commons.
 Morning: Latent fingerprints are the key to many successful Crime Scene Investigations. Learn how to develop latent fingerprints at a crime scene and learn how to recover the latent fingerprint so it can be submitted for analysis.
 Lunch: Dining Commons.
 Afternoon: We have the prints, now what? Learn about basic fingerprint patterns and techniques used by analysts to make comparisons.
 Dinner: Dining Commons.
 Evening: Extracurricular enrichment with either a University lecture or entertainment by local performers.
   
Accommodations: University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Commons.
 Morning: During a field trip to the Florida State Crime Laboratory, get an inside look at the real workings of a crime lab.
 Lunch: Eat with the students.
 Afternoon: Advances in DNA comparisons have made the collection of biological evidence a needed skill for every Crime Scene Investigator. Learn collection and preservation techniques for blood and other biological evidence.
 Dinner: Dining Commons.
 Evening: Extracurricular enrichment with either a University lecture or entertainment by local performers.
   
Accommodations: University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Commons.
 Morning: Apply your newly learned CSI skills as you explore and investigate a mock crime scene.
 Lunch: Dining Commons.
 Afternoon: You have processed your crime scene, what did you discover? Led by our resident expert, we will discuss the crime scenes you investigated, techniques you used and your conclusions based on the evidence.
 Dinner: Mystery Dinner Theatre
 Evening: Celebrate your success while dining at a Mystery Dinner Theatre. This professional theatre performance combined with dinner will give you a chance to relax and still apply your sleuthing abilities.
   
Accommodations: University Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, March 22)
   
 Breakfast: Dining Commons.
 Morning: Television shows such as CSI have created an unrealistic view of Crime Scene Investigations. Together we will discuss the phenomena known as the CSI Syndrome.
 Lunch: Our closing lunch will be a catered affair.
 Afternoon: Independent departures after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Bodies we have Buried: Inside the National Forensic Academy. The World's Top CSI Training School


Author: Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch


Description: Two National Forensic Science Institute administrators invite readers into what the Washington Post calls "the Harvard of hellish violence"-the only hands-on CSI school of its kind where students are trained in burial recovery with actual human remains. With exclusive access to a world normally off-limits to the public, this is the first book to go behind the scenes of the ten-week course that discloses the uncensored realities of burial exhumations and the fascinating art of forensic investigation.



Blood Secrets: Chronicles of a Crime Scene Reconstructionist


Author: Rod Englert and Kathy Passero


Description: Blood Secrets reveals how forensic experts read the story of a murder told in the traces of blood left behind, providing crucial evidence that has helped convict criminals who might have otherwise walked free. When Rod Englert began his career in law enforcement, virtually no police force in the world knew how to correctly examine blood spatter. He spent years studying and testing how blood behaves, pioneering a vital new tool that is now a part of any criminal investigation. In Blood Secrets he demonstrates how detectives and forensic experts use blood-spatter analysis to solve real cases. How can the police tell what type of murder weapon was used when the body is missing and all that's left is a trace of gore? How can they tell if a victim was moved, or which person in a room fired the fatal shot? Englert lays out what he's learned on a variety of intriguing cases, from puzzling murders in tiny, remote towns to the highest-profile celebrity trials--including O. J. Simpson, Robert Blake, and many others. Filled with fascinating details of forensic science and real-life CSI stories, Blood Secrets shows the techniques and tools used to decipher blood spatter's code.





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