Alum Named President-Elect of Council on Forensic Science Education

By Purnell T. Cropper | March 9, 2012

Heather Mazzanti, Forensic Science Interim Program Director and Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was named President-elect of the Council on Forensic Science Education last week at the council meeting, which coincided with the annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

Mazzanti is an alum of the Master of Science in Forensic Science program at Arcadia University, where she concentrated in the areas of forensic biology and toxicology. Prior to receiving her graduate degree, Mazzanti worked as a laboratory technician at Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, N.J., and completed research through the New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Sciences Central Laboratory in Ewing. She began her forensics career at the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education in Willow Grove, Pa., where she oversaw research projects in the areas of forensic biology and toxicology.

COFSE was formed over two decades ago with the following objectives:

  • To encourage the exchange of ideas and information regarding academic programs in the laboratory-based forensic sciences and the discussion of problems of common interest.
  • To work collectively toward the coordination and upgrading of academic forensic science programs.
  • To promote constructive integration of formal academic training with postgraduate preparation for professional practice.
  • To foster friendship, cooperation and synergism among academic forensic scientists, practicing professionals, and laboratory management.
  • To encourage research and the advancement of knowledge benefiting forensic science.
  • To pursue other objectives appropriate to the advancement of forensic science education.