Learn ‘The Science Behind CSI’

Ever wonder what really happens at a crime lab? Is it anything like what you see on TV?


Learn about “The Science Behind CSI” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Library Auditorium on the William Woods University campus.


Bill Marbaker, assistant director of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory, will speak about the operation of a crime lab and the qualifications needed to become a forensic scientist.


Marbaker has been employed with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory as a criminalist since 1978. His forensic specialties have included controlled substance identification, arson analysis, hair examination, fiber examination, glass analysis, paint comparison, and toxicology.


He has specialized in forensic toxicology since 1988 and served as supervisor of the Toxicology Section until 2001, when he was promoted to position of assistant director of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory Division.


Marbaker is qualified as an expert witness in federal, state, and municipal courts. He possesses a Missouri Department of Health Type I permit for alcohol and drug analysis in body fluids. He is an ASCLD/LAB inspector and he holds POST specialist instructor certification.


He is a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and chair of the bylaws committee. He also holds memberships in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists and is a Diplomate with the American Board of Criminalistics.


The program, which is free and open to the campus and the community, is being planned and sponsored by Derrik Helfer, WWU assistant professor of chemistry.