Getting Away With Murder #281

September 05, 2014

Image from Gates of Ale

This week, we're listening to "Getting Away With Murder," a panel discussion about forensic science and pop culture recorded live at CONvergence 2014. Panelists Amanda Leinbaugh, Emily Finke, Bug Girl Gwen Pearson, and Raychelle "Dr. Rubidium" Burks discuss the Hollywood treatment of forensic investigations, and the way crime scene security, DNA analysis, and pattern evidence work in the real world.


  • Gwen Pearson (Bug Girl)
  • Emily Finke
  • Raychelle Burks
  • Amanda Leinbaugh

Guest Bios

Gwen Pearson (Bug Girl)

Gwen Pearson has a PhD in Entomology from North Carolina State University and has been blogging about insects as Bug Girl since before you were born. Currenty, she can be found online writing for WIRED. She started out as a faculty member, and then jumped the academic ship to become an Instructional Designer. Gwen has significant project management, teaching, advising, and data analysis experience. She currently specializes in helping nature centers and scientists with online communication.

Emily Finke

By training a forensic anthropologist, but by passion a science communicator. Emily Finke is happiest when she is in a creek, teaching 10 year olds how to catch crayfish and look for tardigrades. Or at a convention, dressed up as Batgirl while talking about animal reproduction, entomophagy or superhero science. When she is not talking about science professionally, She is… well, still talking about science or social justice. Her main blog can be found at This View of Life.

Raychelle Burks

Raychelle is an analytical chemist, working as a visiting Assistant Professor in the midwest. She's also an active science communicator and an over-active twitter user. To relax from a day of mad scientist duties, Raychelle enjoys sci-fi/horror movies, knitting, and consuming books of all genres.

Amanda Leinbaugh

Amanda is trained in forensic science and generally has a passion for anything scientific that makes most people go, “Eeeewwww!” She is a contributor on Skepchick where you may know her as the one responsible for Cute Animal Fridays.

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