About the Author:
Mr. Anthony J. Bertino has taught biology for more than thirty-nine years, having a special interest in forensics. Since 1975, he has had a wide range of teaching and professional experiences related to science education. He taught at Canandaigua Academy (in New York) for thirty-four years before retiring in 2001. Currently a clinical supervisor responsible for supervising student teachers with the University of Albany Graduate School of Education in New York, Mr. Bertino also teaches AP Biology at College Board Summer Institutes. He has received many awards and honors. He has written articles for THE SCIENCE TEACHER and has created many activities related to crime scene investigation. Bertino teaches Forensic Science teacher preparation seminars, AP Summer Institutes, and is a frequent national and state workshop presenter. His professional affiliations have included NABT, NSTA, Director of the Outstanding Biology Teachers Award for New York State, STANYS, CTA, NYSUT, NEA, United University Professors, Rochester Alliance Promoting Science, and the New York State Regional Biology mentor network.
Patricia Nolan Bertino received a BA in Biology Secondary Science from Oneonta State College in 1972 and a MS in Science Education from Union College in 1977. Patricia taught high school biology, health, biotechnology and forensic science and was the ski club coordinator/ advisor at Scotia-Glenville High School, Scotia, NY. After thirty four years in the classroom, Patricia and her husband Anthony (Bud) Bertino co-authored Forensic Science: Fundamentals and Investigations (2008) textbook for high school students. Patricia and her husband remain very active in teacher education through presentations at many national and state science teachers' conferences. For the past ten years, they have organized and taught the Bertino Summer Forensic Institute for Teachers. In addition to teaching high school, Patricia's experience includes: Editor AP Biology CDs ( NeoSci ) and Biology Review Book The Living Environment; Presenter for Howard Hughes Medical Institute from 1995-2013; Developer for curriculum on immunology and HIV for CIBT (Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers); Co-taught AP Biology summer institutes with Anthony Bertino; Subject area representative in biology for Science Teachers Association in New York State (STANYS) for the Eastern Division; Publications include articles in The Forensic Teacher and STANYS Bulletin; Professional affiliations with NABT, NSTA,STANYS, CIBT, NYSUT, NEA; Past honors and distinctions include recipient of NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers) Outstanding NABT Teacher Award for New York State and a Tandy Scholarship.
"Bertino's Forensic Science textbook encourages students to solve scientific problems, use mathematics appropriately, engage in scientific questioning, plan and implement appropriate data collection strategies and perform data analysis. Student will develop the abilities to think critically, creatively, and analytically through interesting, real world case studies. The content and laboratory activities resonate with my students as we dive into investigations together. The "aha" moments are countless!"
"This is the only Forensics textbook I have encountered that is targeted specifically for high school students. Of all the textbooks in my classroom this is the one we actually use most. The lab activities are very engaging and the text is well researched and highly readable."
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