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Forensics graduate student teaches seminar in Guatemala law school

Anita Zannin is an expert in the area of bloodstain pattern analysis and enrolled in the Forensic Science Professional Master's Program

Nov 18, 2011 — Article by: Judy Holmes

Portrait of Anita Zannin

Anita Zannin, owner of AZ Forensic Associates LLC and a student in the Forensic Science Professional Master's Program

Anita Zannin, a student in the Forensic Science Professional Master’s Program in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, was recently invited to teach a seminar on “Crime Scene/Homicide Investigation” to law students at the University of Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala. At the conclusion of the seminar, Zannin was named a visiting professor. Zannin will be graduating with a master’s degree in forensic science in December 2011.

Zannin holds bachelor’s degrees in forensic chemistry and criminal justice from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is the owner of AZ Forensic Associates LLC, which provides a variety of forensic consulting services to criminal investigative units and criminal and civil attorneys. Since 2004, Zannin has studied and worked with Herbert Leon MacDonell at the Laboratory of Forensic Sciences in Corning, N.Y. and teaches in the affiliated, internationally renowned Bloodstain Evidence Institute. MacDonell is widely known for his seminal research in the area of bloodstain pattern analysis. In addition to her role as a graduate student, Zannin teaches bloodstain pattern analysis in SU’s Forensic Science Program.

Zannin is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), International Association for Identification (IAI), International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA), and a charter member of International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association (IVFSA). She is also a member of Women TIES, an organization that helps women business owners promote their companies. Zannin has been accepted as an expert in both federal and state courts, and has worked on criminal and civil cases in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The Forensic Science Master’s Program is one of several curricular programs offered by the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences. The Institute is a multidisciplinary effort to develop research-based forensic methods, tools, and protocols, and prepare highly trained professionals to meet national security needs through curricular programs, scientific research, and professional outreach activities.

The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University is a highly selective liberal arts college at the center of a major research university. The College’s curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary learning, research, service, and enterprise on campus, across our nation, and around the world to prepare students for the global workplace and for continued study in graduate and post-baccalaureate professional programs.

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