|Dr. James Y. Tong (Professor Emeritus)
Chair, Forensic Chemistry Advisory Committee
Dr. James Y. Tong (Professor Emeritus) received his B.S. (1950) and M.S. (1951) from UC Berkley and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He joined the faculty at Ohio University in 1957. In 1976, he received approval by the Ohio Board of Trustees for the B.S. in Forensic Chemistry program. At this time, he also created a new statewide organization with all of the crime directors in Ohio, and named it the Forensic Science Institute of Ohio.
Between 1976 and 1997 Dr. Tong advised all of the forensic chemistry majors at Ohio University, graduating 150 students.
He began, and still organizes, the annual Women in Science and Technology (WISE) Program and the Ohio Chemistry Contest. Dr. Tong established an endowed scholarship for forensic chemistry students, the James Y. and Harriet Tong Forensic Chemistry Scholarship. He continues to take every graduating senior to dinner to celebrate their achievements.
|Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Barlag
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of BS and MS Forensic
Dr. Barlag teaches CHEM 1520 Fundamentals of Chemistry II, CHEM 2410 and 2410L Analytical Chemistry I Lecture and Lab, CHEM 4310 and 4310L Analytical Chemistry II Lecture and Lab, and CHEM 5860 Advanced Analytical Chemistry.
Dr. Barlag received her B.S. in forensic chemistry from Ohio University and her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. She frequently publishes peer-reviewed articles related to chemical education in the Journal of
Chemical Education and The Chemical
|Dr. Hao Chen
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mass spectrometry is a fascinating forensic analytical technology used for measuring the molecular mass of a sample, which can be applied in the qualitative and quantitative determination of matter. The current research of Dr. Hao Chen focuses on the development of new mass spectrometry instrumentation such as liquid sample desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (liquid sample DESI-MS) and the hyphenated electrochemical mass spectrometry (EC/MS) that could be used for detecting analyte compounds in situ with no or little sample preparation. Therefore, it could find extensive applications for chemical detection in crime scenes, environment and security sites.
|Dr. Peter de B. Harrington
of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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. 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.
He teaches the forensic biology class (BIOS 3640) which incorporates lab topics from the above academic disciplines. He has supervised several undergraduate students doing independent research involving forensic biology and has identified hairs and fibers for several wildlife groups. Moody serves as an Associate Editor of the Austin Journal of Forensics and Criminology.
|Dr. Nancy Tatarek
Tatarek supports the program by
teaching tech forensic anthropology
class (ANTH 4470), and blood, bones and violence (ANTH 4480). 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
Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement Technology
Sonja Rawn, B.S., J.D., teaches law, ethics and forensic science related classes at the Athens (Forensic Chemistry Program) and Chillicothe (Law Enforcement Technology Program) campuses of Ohio University. She has been employed with Ohio University since January 2006, first as an adjunct instructor and currently as an Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement Technology (March 2012). Sonja is a graduate of the Ohio University Forensic Chemistry Program and has a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. She has been employed at the Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal Forensic Laboratory for over seventeen years. During that time she has served as a Chemist, Laboratory Chief and currently as a part time Quality Manager. The balance of her years of Forensic Science employment was spent at the Franklin County Coroner’s Office (14.5 years) where she served as an Assistant and finally as an Associate Toxicologist. Sonja is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Science, The Ohio State Bar Association, The Southern Ohio Association of Fire and Arson Investigators, and the Forensic Science Institute of Ohio.
|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 holds a 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.
|Dr. Jules Guei
of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dr. Guei teaches Chem 4850/5850 (Forensic Toxicology); Chem 1520 (General Chemistry); Chem 1220 (Organic & Biochemistry); Chem 4870/5870L (Forensic Chemistry II Lab); Chem 4840/5840L (Forensic Chemistry I Lab); Chem 4310L (Analytical Chemistry Lab).
Dr. Guei received his MS and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland (UMBC)
He is responsible for Forensic and Analytical Instrumental Lab, Clippinger 193. Noticeable instruments in the lab include Microscopes, GC/MS, AAS, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, Raman Spectrometer, FT-IR, Luminescence Spectrometer, etc.
Dr. Guei's Forensic Toxicology course was ranked number 1 in the recent FSAT.