Workshop in Forensic Science (Chemistry)

conducted by
Professor Lawrence J. Kaplan
Chemistry Department
Williams College

Click the fingerprint for the introductory workshop schedule

General Information for the Workshop

June 18-23, 2017


Please note

Since this is a "working" workshop that will involve a significant commitment of time during the week, it is expected that, if selected, you will attend by yourself without family members or pets. It also is expected that you will live with the rest of the participants in the specified rooms at the Williams Inn. PLEASE NOTE: while the Williams Inn (see below) is within walking distance of the Chemistry Building (where lectures and lab will take place), it is on the edge of campus so plan for a significant amount of walking.

The workshop activities will begin at 6:00 pm on Sunday evening. Please plan to arrive in Williamstown by 5:00 pm.
Visitors Guide

General information about Williams College and the surrounding area is available from the Visitors Guide. Be sure to check the details on traveling to the area (we are not in Boston!) and of things to do in the area (although I may keep you so busy that you will not have time to take advantage of the local attractions).


Since Williams College is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, it is best to fly into the airport in Albany, New York. Albany is about an hour (45 miles) away from Williamstown. From the airport, it is best to either rent a car or catch the limo we will send to pick you up (see the Williams College Visitors Guide - Bus, Train & plane Info).

We are arranging for a limo/shuttle to come to the airport a few times during the day on Sunday depending on when people will be arriving. We will be asking you by email when you will be arriving and if you want us to arrange for a limo. Some may have to wait a while for others on later flights. In any case, if flying into the Albany airport, plan to arrive by 4:00. We also will schedule a limo/shuttle for your return to the airport on Friday.

There are many ways to drive here - for directions see the Williams College Visitors Guide - Driving Directions. Once on campus, the campus map will be helpful (see the Williams College Visitors Guide - Campus Map).
The Conference Office has posted information which may be helpful.
We will be staying at the Williams Inn (1090 Main Street, Williamstown, MA 01267; 413-458-9371) on the Green at Williams College. Each partciipant will have a single room with all of the amneties of a hotel. A Contenential breakfast will be provided daily. The hotel is on the western edge of the campus but within walking distance of the Chemistry Building.


The Williams Inn
We will be able to occupy the rooms starting at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 18. If you plan to arrive before that, you will be on your own. We must vacate the rooms by around noon on Friday, June 23.
Dining Hall
We will be eating breakfast at the Williams Inn and lunch and dinner in the Faculty House on campus with meals beginning with dinner on Sunday, June 18 and ending with lunch on Friday, June 23. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks will be provided near the classroom and the laboratory.
All of the sessions associated with the workshop, including the banquet, will be very informal and you should dress accordingly. Don't forget that we will be spending afternoons in the lab - dress appropriately for experimental work.
Lectures and discussions will be held in the Thompson Chemistry Laboratory (Campus Map).
The experiments will be conducted in the Morley Science Laboratory (Campus Map).
Goggles and gloves will be available.
We will provide you with a copy of the book:
Richard Saferstein, "Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science," 12th edition, Pearson/Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 2018.
You also will receive a copy of my lab manual:
Lawrence J. Kaplan, "A Laboratory Manual for an Introduction to Forensic Science," Williamstown, MA, 2017.

Forensic Science Scholars Community

The Forensic Science Scholars web-based community is the first Faculty Learning Community launched by the cCWCS program. The community has its roots in the annual cCWCS Forensics Science workshop offered by Professor Lawrence J. Kaplan at Williams College.

Go to Prof. L.J. Kaplan's home page.
Go to the cCWCS Home Page.