November 23, 2020
The College of Criminal Justice Education and Forensics (CCJEF) of Holy Angel University proceeds to its fourth day of the online international lecture series entitled, “Inquisitio: A Virtual Probe to Forensics,” on Saturday, November 21, 2020, hosted and moderated by Mr. Hermes Vargas via Facebook Live.
The fourth day of the said lecture series premiered Dr. Denise Gemmellaro’s insights and expertise as the resource speaker for the day. She is currently a member of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, the North American Forensic Entomology Association, and the Executive Committee of the European Association for Forensic Entomology. She is an expert in the apparent field, leading to her main topic for the day, “Forensic Entomology: Uses of Insects in Criminal Investigation.”
The event was formally started by the CCJEF Dean, Dr. Niño M. Kabiling. He delivered his warm welcome to everyone gathered for the event and left a few valuable words. “Forensic entomology is the examination of insects associated with the human body in criminal investigation. It also helps to determine and estimate how long a person has been dead or what you call the post-mortem interval.” as emphasized by Dr. Kabiling.
Proceeding to the lecture itself, Dr. Denise Gemmellaro emphasized that forensic entomology is the “application of insects to legal issues”—having three major branches. She stressed out the various fields under forensic entomology, including their functions. Moreover, she stated a few reasons as to why insects play a valuable role in criminal investigations.
To conclude her discussion, she imparted cases that fundamentally apply forensic entomology to give a clearer understanding of the latter’s application to criminal cases. Furthermore, she shared some ways on how to become a forensic entomologist, stating that education and experience are the best tools in order to be one.
The event was formally ended by Ms. Maria Diana Delfin, the Program Coordinator of CCJEF. She extended her gratitude to everyone who made the lecture series a success. “Indeed, arthropods or insects offer us a conventional means of forensic investigation,” as synthesized by Ms. Delfin.
To wrap up the day, Ms. Delfin quoted Blake Edwards saying, “Nothing matters but facts. Without them, well, criminal investigation is just going to be a guessing game.”