Erin Feenstra: “The CSI Effect”

CLAREMONT, Calif. (November 14, 2008) — Scripps alumna Erin Feenstra, a forensic chemist with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) North Central Laboratory in Chicago, will speak about her career experiences on November 18 at 6:45 p.m. in the Malott Commons Hampton Room at Scripps College as part of the “Celebrating Women in Science” speaker series. Feenstra will examine the impact on viewers of such popular shows as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Bones. The event is free and open to the public.

After graduating from Scripps with a degree in chemistry, Feenstra taught high school chemistry and physical science for two years through Teach For America before seeking an MS in Forensic Science at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Feenstra began working at the DEA in May of 2005, working primarily in the chemical analysis of controlled and non-controlled substances. With the popularity of shows such as CSI and Bones, Feenstra will examine in her lecture the impact of the distorted, primped-and-polished, packed-into-an-hour image of forensic science on viewers.

The Celebrating Women in Science speaker series was created in 2000 by Scripps Professor of Chemistry Mary Hatcher-Skeers to advance the cause of women scientists. Well-known women in science are invited to discuss their work and their science careers.

Doors to the Hampton Room open at 6:30 p.m. Dessert and coffee are provided. For more information, contact the Malott Commons Office at (909) 607-9372.