November 17, 2020
The College of Criminal Justice Education and Forensics (CCJEF) of Holy Angel University carried on to its third day their international lecture series entitled, “Inquisitio: A Virtual Probe to Forensics” on Saturday, November 14, 2020.
CCJEF dean, Dr. Niño M. Kabiling, welcomed the audience and inspired everyone by sharing a few remarkable quotes and a brief but informative overview of forensic odontology. “Dental identification performs a crucial role when the identification of remains of a deceased person is skeletonized, decomposed, or burned can only be done through examining the dental records to match them to the teeth,” Dr. Kabiling explained.
The Assistant Academic Vice President and Assistant to the President of Holy Angel University Ms. Edna Marriza C. Santos delivered her message of inspiration and expressed her gratitude to the organizers, speakers, students, and the audience for making this virtual event possible. “CCJEF has come up with innovative programs that create high-impact learning opportunities. Not only for our students, but for those coming from different higher educational institutions to share what we do best at Holy Angel University,” Ms. Santos emphasized.
Proceeding to the lecture, the featured speaker for the third day of the lecture series was Dr. Abraham Johnson. He is a Program Coordinator and an Assistant Professor at National Forensic Sciences University in India. He is a dentistry graduate with a Masters in Forensic Odontology degree. Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate studies in 3D Forensic Imaging at the same university.
Dr. Johnson explained the importance of a tooth in a crime investigation. He discussed the significant roles and areas covered by forensic odontology such as dental identification, dental age estimation, sex identification, and bite-mark investigation. In addition, he introduced the concepts of Humanitarian Forensics and Reconstructive Forensics as valuable fields of the forensic sciences.
To conclude his lecture, he shared some of the characteristics of a good forensic scientist listed as knowledgeable, truthful, possesses observational, communication, analytical skills, and innovative approach. ”We have some great challenges and opportunities ahead, and with the young and ignited minds, I’m sure we shall be able to achieve the best practices in Forensic Science in the world, even in the Philippines as such,” said Dr. Johnson.
Ms. Maria Delfin, CCJEF Program Coordinator formally closed the event by sharing her insights about the lecture and expressed her deep appreciation to everyone who participated and supported the lecture series. She also invited everyone to attend the last day of the international lecture series on November 21, 2020.