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Crime and Science Radio: Working Stiff: An Interview with Forensic Pathologist Judy Melinek and co-author/husband TJ Mitchell

1-30-16: Crime and Science Radio: Working Stiff: An Interview with Forensic Pathologist Judy Melinek and co-author/husband TJ Mitchell

 

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BIO: Judy Melinek, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard University. She trained at UCLA in medicine and pathology, graduating in 1996. Her training at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York is the subject of her memoir, Working Stiff, which she co-wrote with her husband, writer TJ Mitchell. Currently, Dr. Melinek is CEO of PathologyExpert Inc., and works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland. She also travels nationally and internationally to lecture on anatomic and forensic pathology and she has been consulted as a forensic expert in many high-profile legal cases, as well as for the television shows E.R. and Mythbusters.

T.J. Mitchell, her husband, graduated with an English degree from Harvard and worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time-stay-at-home dad to their three children. He is currently collaborating with Dr.Melinek in writing FIRST CUT, the inaugural novel in a forensic detective fiction series. WORKING STIFF is Mitchell’s first book.

LISTEN: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/suspensemagazine/2016/01/30/crime-and-science-radio-with-special-guests-judy-melinek-and-tj-mitchell

Link goes live Saturday 1-30-16 at 10 a.m. Pacific

LINKS:

Working Stiff:  www.drworkingstiff.com

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/DrJudyMelinekMD

Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/DrWorkingStiff

Twitter: @drjudymelinek and @tjmitchellWS

Pathology Expert Site: http://www.pathologyexpert.com

Work Stew Podcast Interview: http://www.workstewpodcast.com/?p=1142

Scribner Books Video Interview: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner https://youtu.be/TWyvqtFnA1M

The Real CSI: UCTV Lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFPW016ocXI&feature=youtu.be

NPR Science Friday with Ira Flatow: http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/behind-the-scenes-at-the-city-morgue/

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Forensics For Dummies, 2nd Edition Coming Soon

 

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Just got the new cover for Forensics For Dummies, 2nd Edition.

It will be released from Wiley on 2-29-16

Pre-Order now

 

Maybe Columbus Wasn’t “The Father of Syphilis” After All

 

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It has long been believed that the sailors who crewed Christopher Columbus’s ships in his famous 1492 voyage contracted syphilis from the natives and transported the deadly disease back to Europe. But was this disease already in Europe long before Columbus was even born? According to a recent article in the Journal of Biological and Clinical Anthropology that just might be the case.

Of course, now most cases of syphilis are treatable and curable with antibiotics, but in 1492 things were a bit different They didn’t know what caused it and indeed that bacteria even existed. Antibiotics? Still centuries away. So syphilis was often deadly, and, if not, it was very disfiguring and incapacitating.

The real culprit is a spirochete called Treponema palladium. And it might have been in Europe as early as 1320.

 

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Posted by on January 19, 2016 in Medical History

 

Crime and Science Radio: Tracking Down the Bad Guys: A Conversation with Retired US Marshal and Novelist Marc Cameron

Join Jan Burke and me as we welcome retire US Marshal Marc Cameron and discuss how the Marshals track down the bad guys—from Texas to Alaska. It’s a great show. Don’t miss it.

BIO: Marc Cameron is a retired Chief Deputy US Marshal and 29-year law enforcement veteran. His short stories have appeared in BOYS’ LIFE Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post. He’s published eleven novels, six of them Westerns.

BRUTE FORCE, sixth in his USA Today Bestselling Jericho Quinn Thriller series, is available December 2016 from Kensington. A second degree black belt in Ju Jitsu, Marc teaches defensive tactics to law enforcement agencies and civilian groups.

He lives in Alaska with his beautiful bride and BMW motorcycle.

 

Alaska Tracking Unit

 

Tracking in AZ

LISTENhttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/suspensemagazine/2016/01/16/crime-and-science-radio-with-special-guest-marc-cameron

LINKS:

Marc Cameroon Website: http://www.marccameronbooks.com

Marc Cameron on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarcCameronAuthor

Marc Cameron Blog: http://www.marccameronbooks.com/blog.htm

US Marshals Service: http://www.usmarshals.gov

 

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ITW’s Online Thriller School Is Coming in March

Join us for ITW’s Third Annual Online Thriller School

Seven Weeks! Seven Bestselling Authors!

 

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Join Lee Child, Peter James, F. Paul Wilson, Hank Phillippi Ryan, David Corbett, Meg Gardiner, and James Scott Bell for Thriller School.

ITW’s Thriller School is only two months away and the available student slots are nearly filled. Don’t delay. Grab your spot. Sign up now.

Previous Thriller Schools have been a great success and each year students of all levels have come away with many new skills for their writing tool box. This year will be no different.

The seven-week program begins March 14th, 2016, and as before the craft of thriller writing will be front and center. Each instructor will teach an aspect of craft though a podcast, written materials that include further reading and study suggestions, and an entire week of on-line Q&A with the registered students. The goal is simple: To make each student a better writer.

The class schedule and teachers this year are:

3/14: Storytelling: The Art and Craft Of Story—David Corbett

3/21: Plot: What’s Happening Here?—Meg Gardiner

3/28: Character: The People Who Drive The Story—F. Paul Wilson

4/4: Point Of View: Who’s Eyes Are You Looking Through?—Hank P. Ryan

4/11: Dialog: It’s Not Like Real Conversation—James Scott Bell

4/18: Setting, Mood, Atmosphere: Bringing the Right “Feel” to Your Story?—Peter James

4/25: Voice: What Does A Good Story “Sound” Like?—Lee Child

 

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Every writer knows that learning to write well is a life-long pursuit and writers must never cease improving their craft. There are many wonderful books, classes, and online sources that will help you improve your storytelling craft, but where can you learn directly from the best? From New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors?

Right here. At ITW’s next Online Thriller School.

Please join us and let us help you take your writing and storytelling to the next level.

Visit ITW’s Online Thriller School for more information, or click here to register.

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2016 in Writing

 

Sisters in Crime Forensics Day Coming 1-24-16

Join Dennis Palumbo, David Putnam, and me for the Orange County Chapter of Sisters in Crime’s annual Forensics Day. It’ll be a fun afternoon as we dig into what makes the bad guys (and gals) do what they do.

Details:

Orange County Sisters in Crime Forensics Day
Dennis Palumbo, David Putnam, and DP Lyle
“What Makes Your Bad Guys Tick? Dark Motivations and Heinous Acts
Sunday, January 24th, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room
15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
Irvine, CA 92618

ocsistersincrime.org

 

Forensics Fest 16 flyer

 
 
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