William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Wednesday, 24, August, 2011

Yeah, Summer’s Over

Filed under: Circle Game,Cleveland — williamthecoroner @ 14:49

The marching band was playing this morning. For some reason, they don’t practice on the field next to the school, they walk all the way down to the far side of the oval. It’s easier to hear them.

Tuesday, 23, August, 2011

Lunchtime Companion

Filed under: Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 10:48

I think this guy really wanted my lunch. He might have been stalking a groundhog, but I suspect he was coveting my burrito.

Monday, 22, August, 2011

Oh, Dear

Filed under: Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 10:22

Going to work this morning, came across two does and two (yearling) fauns, on my lawn, eating my hostas. Not what I’d expected living in the middle of the city.

Sunday, 21, August, 2011

Great

Filed under: Boomstick — williamthecoroner @ 09:58

Years of gun & forensic blogging and I can’t even get on the Gunblog Blacklist.

Thanks a bunch you guys.

Friday, 19, August, 2011

Sappy Cat Blogging

Filed under: Cat Blogging — williamthecoroner @ 13:25

Noodle.

Wednesday, 17, August, 2011

Putting Out Fires

Filed under: Forensics,Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 19:58

I’m back. Working on putting out fires, and getting everything ready for the next semester. There’s a lot of things to take care of, ordering stuff for a new class, administrative stuff, things for continuous quality improvement.

And trying to take care of old students. I know the economy is bad, and I’ve got several individuals, current and former students who are desperate and begging for tutoring hours. It’s really not that kind of job, I have a cadre of people and I try my best to distribute the work fairly for all of them. I keep a referrals list, so I don’t overload anyone and everybody gets a fair chance at the wheel. It’s sad, I have more than one person asking for as many hours as possible, and I just can’t give them the time they need, the Uni would go broke if I did that.

What I’d like to do is have a big enough forensic consulting business to hire these folks and help them make a living. I don’t. I have a big enough forensic consulting business to take four people out to dinner. Once or twice. They can do the work, I don’t have enough work to give them.

Sunday, 7, August, 2011

Going Dark

Filed under: Forensics — williamthecoroner @ 21:47

At the New England Seminar in Forensic Sciences. Talk amongst yourselves.

Friday, 5, August, 2011

Sappy Cat/Beard Blogging

Filed under: Cat Blogging — williamthecoroner @ 08:43

‘Nuff Said.

Thursday, 4, August, 2011

Aw, Crap.

Filed under: Natural History — williamthecoroner @ 18:34

Timmy, Cleveland’s oldest male lowland gorilla, was euthanized Tuesday. Story HERE.

Wednesday, 3, August, 2011

Came Up With An Intervention

Filed under: Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 12:24

I’ve been tasked with teaching histology to undergraduates. As I’m interested in how to teach anatomy, and I keep looking for ways to improve my teaching techniques, and to make anatomy teaching better. Of course, if you don’t write it up, it never happened. Science can’t advance in isolation. So, I’ve been thinking about an intervention to see if it improves learning. Thankfully, I came across Field Notes on Science and Nature.
I also found a good grading rubric for a lab notebook. Now, all I have to do is make them make the notebooks, and see if their grades are differently distributed than those who don’t.
Heh.

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