BGSU opens Center for the Future of Forensic Science

Published: Jan. 15, 2019 at 5:25 PM EST
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It was a big day for Bowling Green State University. It opened the doors to its brand new, state-of-the-art Center for the Future of Forensic Science.

"This is four years of work coming into culmination here," Director Jon Sprague said.

It's filled with state-of-the-art equipment, and it's the most advanced learning lab in Ohio; in fact, it mirrors the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

"These students are going to walk out of the school lab into the real world lab, and they're not going to see a difference," Attorney General Dave Yost said. "They're going to be able to go to work on day one."

Students are already hard at work in the new lab, gaining tremendous amounts of hands-on experience. From analyzing DNA to conducting research projects, they're well on their way to achieving their goals of becoming forensic scientists.

"Right now we're working on a research project for the Ohio Department of Public Safety where we're hopefully trying to use oral fluid instead of blood roadside to test for drug impairment," Grad Student Latisha Pipes said.

It's all in the hopes of one day solving the big crimes here in the Buckeye State.

"This is going to help us produce the forensic scientists we need to get justice in Ohio," Yost added.

The center was made possible through a partnership with BGSU and the BCI that started under former Attorney General, now Governor Mike Dewine, and funding from the state.