Physics Research Day today at the Physical Sciences Library

Today from 4-6pm in the Physical Sciences Library in the round annex of Currens, Room 201, undergraduate and graduate physics students will showcase their research by displaying posters summarizing their work. Everyone is invited to attend this free event. This year there are 4 undergraduates participating, as well as 18 graduate students, including Kwan Kim, library assistant at the PSL.

Join us Tomorrow for “Science behind Iconic Space Images,” a presentation by Dr. Esteban Araya 7pm

Science Behind Iconic Space Images

Dr. Esteban Araya of the WIU Physics Department will present, “Science Behind Iconic Space Images” on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Physical Sciences Library, Currens Hall 201 in the Round Annex.

Come and enjoy a tour through space and time, from Earth to the edge of the observable universe using iconic images from ground-based telescopes and space missions. Dr. Araya will discuss a sequence of images that exemplify some of the greatest accomplishments and scientific discoveries in the areas of Solar System exploration, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, and cosmology.

This presentation is part of the Art and Self Perception event series coordinated by University Libraries.

Physical Sciences Library Hours


At the Physical Sciences Library, known as the PSL for short, Spring semester is off to a great start! Please take note of our hours.


On Monday, February 13th we’ll be closed to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday. Then on Tuesday February 14th, we’ll be back to our regular hours and will be open until 6pm four days a week.


Stop by and see us Monday through Thursday 8am-6pm and 8am-4:30pm on Fridays.


The PSL is WIU’s best kept secret. We offer friendly service and a cozy quiet environment for both individual and group study.  We have computers and Wi-Fi for your convenience! Check us out!–we’re in the WIU’s only round building on the end of Currens Hall. You’ll be glad you did!


For more information call (309) 298-1407.

Jameel Granberry Winner of the C.S.I. Contest!

Congratulations to Mr. Jameel Granberry, winner of this year’s PSL C.S.I. Contest.  Jameel is a junior at WIU, majoring in Criminal Justice.  He diligently worked this case and his contest submission was very analytical and top-notch!  He will definitely be an excellent investigator or prosecutor. Congratulations again, Jameel!  Jameel’s prizes included a C.S.I. cap and two books.  One is entitled “The Real World of a Forensic scientist,” by Dr. Henry Lee, who was a key consultant in the murder case of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman against O.J. Simpson.  The other is a popular book at the Physical Sciences Library, “The Forensic Science of C.S.I.” whcih includes interesting details on crime scene investigation and case histories. 

Thanks to everyone who worked our case and/or entered our contest!  Copies of the complete story are available at the Physical Science Library or electronically, by request from Kathleen Clauson at

Final Bonus Clue in C.S.I. Contest

In an internal police briefing, Detective Florescu revealed that Nick Danko’s DNA  (shown as Suspect#2) is not a match for DNA found at the crime scene. DNA belonging to Suspect#5 was also not a match for DNA found at the scene and detective Florescu said Suspect #5 is not a suspect, nor related to this case in any way.

At the crime scene in the office in Millennium Gallery, investigators were able to identify blood belonging to Jack and only one of the suspects. Blood belonging to the top suspect was found on the paper towel shown as evidence (pouch #18).  Autopsy reports also confirm that Jack’s body was moved after his death.

As a reminder, all C.S.I. contest entries must be submitted via email no later than 6pm CST on Wednesday, November 9th.  For more details regarding contest entries please pick up an entry form with complete guidelines at the Physical Sciences Library.

Forensic Pathologist at WIU on Monday, November 7

“Dr. T,” Telgenhoff works as the deputy medical examiner for the Clark County Coroner’s Office in Las Vegas, NV. He serves as a forensic consultant for popular television shows such as “Bones” and “CSI”. According to his official press bio, “Dr. T” sees approximately 1,000 bodies annually, 450 of which he autopsies. Of these cases, 45 are homicides. His presence is often required in court cases for testimony regarding his findings and determination of cause and manner of death. Telgenhoff has 16 years of training and 11 years of experience in the forensics field. After completing a year of medical school at Michigan State University, he served five years of pathology residency in Ohio before relocating to Las Vegas. Telgenhoff will speak at 7 p.m. in the University Union Grand Ballroom on Monday, November 7th. The event is open free to the public. His appearance ties in with the University-wide theme of “Science and Technology: Discover, Innovate, Create.”

Luminol Presentation October 31 by Brianna Norris and Kathleen Clauson

Luminol is a powerful latent bloodstain reagent designed to illuminate traces of blood.  In last night’s presentation, students learned about chemiluminescence, the history of Luminol, and what it can be used for. 

In the photo above, no traces of blood are visible to the naked eye.  After spraying the tub with Luminol, investigators found traces of a ghastly crime.

If you have questions about Luminol, please contact Kathleen Clauson at

Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who attended the 5th Annual Forensics Series and are participating in our C.S.I. Contest! More than 500 people attended our speaker series. Thank you! Submissions for our C.S.I. Contest are due next Wednesday, November 9th by 6pm CST. Bonus Clues and Bonus Evidence will be available between now and Friday evening so stop in the PSL and watch our blog for new information. Thanks again to everyone for making our Forensics Series a great success!