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National Forensic Science Week: OSP Forensic Services Division Toxicology Section - Forensic Scientist Sara Short

August 13, 2013

From crime scene processing to fingerprints to DNA analysis to digital forensics, forensic scientists provide law enforcement with reliable leads that help identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent. The Oregon State Police is proud of our Forensic Services Division employees and joins the International Association Chiefs of Police, the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agenices, the Major County Sheriffs Association and the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations in recognizing the significant contribution of forensic science professionals in Oregon and throughout the United States during National Forensic Science Week, August 11 - 17, 2013.

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Forensic Scientist Sara Short has worked at the Oregon State Police (OSP) Portland laboratory for 7 years and works in the Toxicology Section where her primary casework involves the analysis of biological samples for the presence of ethanol, controlled substances, and common pharmaceuticals to aid in the State Medical Examiner's death investigations. Her other duties include the analysis of urine samples for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault cases.

Before joining the OSP Forensic Services Division, Sara worked as a Forensic Toxicologist for the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office in New York. Sara received her B.A. degree in Biomedical Sciences from State University of New York at Buffalo, and her Master of Science degree in Forensic Science from Marshall University.

Sara is certified as a Forensic Toxicology Specialist by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) and currently serves as OSP's Toxicology Technical Leader. She has been a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists since 2006 and enjoys teaching classes in Forensic Science as an adjunct chemistry instructor at Western Oregon University.


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