‘Forensics of Fingerprints’ coming to Teen Science Café

WHITEVILLE – Calling all teens … ever wonder how police uncover invisible fingerprints at a crime scene or how to use dusting powder to collect fingerprints? Do you want to know why fingerprint evidence is important for solving cases?

Join Detective Ron Guyton with the Whiteville City Police, along with an agent from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, to learn multiple techniques for examining latent fingerprints during this exciting hands-on, CSI-themed Teen Science Café on Friday, March 16, at 5 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville.

Detective Guyton began his law enforcement career in 1992. He has served at all levels of police work and is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Unit. He previously served with the United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Kosovo as Commander of the North Mitrovica Detention center in Mitrovica, Kosovo, and later as Regional Chief of Internal Affairs. He went on to serve six years in Afghanistan training the Afghan National Police with the International Narcotics Law Enforcement division of the United States Department of State. He also served in Colombia, South America, with the Colombian National Police as a trainer and advisor.

Teen Science Café is an informal, interactive program with a visiting scientist or professional expert that promotes exploration, creativity & lifelong learning. Teen Science Café Whiteville programs are free. A meal is provided at the conclusion of the program. Advance registration for this free event is appreciated, but not required, at www.tinyurl.com/TSCwhiteville.

This nationwide program, whose Whiteville node is currently funded by a Burroughs-Wellcome grant, is in its fifth year of free STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) based programs for teens. For more information about the Teen Science Café National Network, visit www.teensciencecafe.org.

Can’t come to the Cafe? Watch this program on Facebook live. Link to our page, www.facebook.com/teensciencecafewhiteville, on Friday, March 16, at 5 p.m. to join us virtually. Want to ask a question? Type it in the comment space associated with the live feed to have it answered. All live-streamed Cafés are archived at their conclusion; simply click on “Videos” in the left margin of the Teen Science Café Whiteville Facebook page.

Coming in April

Want to learn how robots can help scientists study sea turtles? Did you know that bright lights near the coastline can decrease the survival rate of sea turtle hatchlings? Anna Windle, a Master’s student at Duke University, will demonstrate how she used a terrestrial rover to study the negative effects of light pollution on nesting sea turtles, and explain how people can help solve this problem. Mark your calendar for Friday, April 20, at 5 p.m. to attend.

For more up-to-date information, “like” Teen Science Café Whiteville on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/teensciencecafewhiteville; follow us on Instagram: @teensciencecafewhiteville; follow us on Twitter: @TSC_Whiteville; or contact Amy Jernigan at amy.jernigan@naturalsciences.org.