|Dr. Peter de B. Harrington
of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of BS and MS Forensic
Harrington teaches the
capstone class or lab, upper-level analytical chemistry classes and
graduate-level classes in separations and chemometrics. Dr. Harrington
directed the BS program from 2004-2009.
Dr. Harrington received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from
Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA) and his PhD from the University of
North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Chemometrics. His research area
is chemometrics applied to mass spectrometry and ion mobility
Dr. Harrington has authored or coauthored more than 100 peer-reviewed
publications and has given numerous plenary lectures at international
conferences. He serves on the editorial advisory board of several
journals including Analytica Chimica
Talanta, and International Journal of Spectroscopy.
|Dr. Hao Chen
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chen teaches upper-level analytical
chemistry courses, quantitative
analysis and graduate-level courses in mass spectrometry and
spectroscopy and the forensic DNA class (CHEM 488C).
Dr.Chen received his BS degree from Wuhan University (China) and his
PhD from Purdue University with Graham Cooks. Hi research areas include
mass spectrometry, ion chemistry and bioanalytical chemistry. He has
authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and
recently received a young faculty award form the American Society for
Mass Spectrometry (ASMS).
|Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Barlag
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Barlag teaches general chemistry
courses, instrumental analysis
(CHEM 325), the upper-level electrochemistry class and lab (CHEM 432
and 435) and the arson/explosives class (CHEM 488A).
Dr. Barlag received her BS in forensic chemistry from Ohio University
and her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. She
frequently publishes peer-reviewed articles related to chemical
education in the Journal of
Education and The Chemical
|Dr. Scott Moody
Professor of Biological Sciences
Moody majored in both anthropology and biology as an undergraduate at
Harvard University then earned a MS and PhD in Zoology at the
University of Michigan. This diverse education has prepared
him for research and teaching in biostatistics, physical anthropology,
human (medical) anatomy, entomology, systematic and field botany,
historical geology, paleontology, microscopy, animal behavior,
vertebrate natural history and evolutionary taxonomy.
teaches the forensic biology class (BIOS 364) which incorporates lab
topics from the above academic disciplines. He has supervised
several undergraduate students doing independent research involving
|Dr. Nancy Tatarek
Tatarek supports the program by
teaching tech forensic anthropology
class (ANTH 447), and blood, bones and violence (ANTH 448). Dr. Tatarek
has won several teaching awards while at Ohio University.
Dr. Tatarek's PhD is from Ohio State in Biological Anthropology and her
research focused on skeletal biology. She has completed numerous
training courses in forensic anthropology and has been assisting
Central Ohio law enforcement with casework for 12 years. She
is the Consulting Forensic Anthropologist for the Franklin County
Coroner's Office. As her time allows, she holds independent lab hours
each quarter for a small number of students to study osteology and
skeletal analysis on an in-depth basis.
|Dr. Sonja Rawn
and Biochemistry (main campus) and Law
Enforcement Technology (Lancaster campus)
Rawn holds a BS in Forensic
Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude)
from Ohio University and a JD (Magna Cum Laude) from Capital University
Law School. She
teaches LET 200 Procedures, Rules, and Tests of Evidence, LET 145 Crime
Scene Investigation, and LET 250 Vice and Narcotics.
Dr. Rawn recently retired as the Laboratory
Director at the State Fire Marshal’s Forensic
Laboratory. She has 25 years of experience in the field of
forensic science beginning as a quality assurance and development
chemist at the State Fire Marshal’s Laboratory. She also
time at the Franklin County Coroner’s Office where she
served as a forensic toxicologist and laboratory supervisor.
|Dr. James McKean
Professor of Law Enforcement Technology (Chillicothe campus)
McKean directs the LET program at
the Chillicothe campus and teaches numerous LET classes on the
Chillicothe and Main campuses. He earned an Associate of Applied
Science degree in Law Enforcement Technology and a Bachelor of Criminal
Justice degree from Ohio U-Chillicothe and an MS from Ohio State
University. He is currently completing his PhD in counseling and higher
education at Ohio U.
Prof. McKean brings valuable experience to our program: he served as
the Grove City Chief of Police for 13 years and lectured at the Chinese
University of Hong Kong for 3 years.