BU Health Sciences Symposium focuses on CSI

BLOOMSBURG—The assistant medical examiner of Pennsylvania’s largest city will bring “CSI: Philadelphia Style” to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 14th annual Health Sciences Symposium. Dr. Gregory McDonald will discuss his experiences in the keynote address Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. and lead the workshop, “Truth vs. Fiction: CSI Style,” Friday, April 8, at 8:30 a.m. Both events will be held in the Kehr Union, Ballroom.

In the keynote address, McDonald will share details of his career in crime scene investigation for Philadelphia’s medical examiners office. McDonald and his colleagues investigate about 6,000 sudden, violent or suspicious deaths each year in Philadelphia. In his 12 years as assistant medical examiner, McDonald has performed more than 4,000 autopsies and testified at about 500 trials.

In addition to his duties with the medical examiners office, McDonald serves as the medical director of forensic medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a guest lecturer for the sexual assault nurse examiner course. A board-certified medical examiner, he is a graduate of Villanova University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

McDonald warns that both his Thursday evening presentation and Friday morning workshop will contain graphic exhibits that some audience members may find disturbing. McDonald’s presentations are offered as part of BU’s Provost’s Lecture Series.

In addition to McDonald’s workshop, events on Friday, April 8, include student, faculty and practitioner presentations and poster sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kehr Union, Ballroom, and Wellness Day activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kehr Union, multipurpose rooms. Wellness Day will feature exhibits, demonstrations and other information on health and wellness topics presented by community and campus organizations. Participants include the Pennsylvania State Police, Penn State Cooperative Extension Service, Millville Health Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Bloomsburg Hospital Lab, Columbia Montour Home Health, the American Cancer Society and, from BU, the Counseling Center, Quest, Drug Alcohol Wellness Network (DAWN), Catholic Campus Ministry and the Student Recreation Center.

BU’s Health Sciences Symposium, co-sponsored by BU’s School of Health Sciences and the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, is held each spring to explore health issues, enhance learning and promote discussion. For information, contact BU’s nursing department at (570) 389-4046.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.