Just Chasing the E-Cig Dragon

Just Chasing the E-Cig Dragon

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Original Release Date: June 12, 2018

In episode eight of our 2018 Drugs Season, Just Science discusses research in the area of e-cigarettes with Dr. Michelle Peace. Vaping, the act of inhaling vapor from e-liquid through a vaporizer, or also known as an e-cigarette, has gained popularity in recent years. The first half of the episode was recorded over a year ago. During the second half Dr. Peace will give us an update on where her research stands today.

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Guest Biography

Dr. Michelle Peace holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio where she majored in Chemistry and minored in Biology.  She has worked as a research technician for Liqui-Box Corporation, developing flavored bottled water and improved delivery systems for wine and condiments in bag-in-box units.  She was also a research technician for Procter and Gamble in the Paper Products Division, improving diaper and feminine hygiene products. After several years at the bench, she returned to school to receive her Master of Forensic Science degree from George Washington University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical Campus, specializing in Forensic Toxicology.

She helped develop the undergraduate program in Forensic Science at VCU.  She has served as the Laboratory manager of Kroll Laboratories, a private forensic toxicology laboratory specializing in urine drug testing, where she monitored and optimized work flow of approximately 4,000 specimens per day, interpreted results and testified for clients, and trained staff and probation officers.  She returned to VCU in August 2007 as the Associate Chairperson of the Department of Forensic Science.

Dr. Peace continues to consult for Kroll Laboratories and private companies developing drug testing programs.  She also helps to train crime scene investigators in the Mid-Atlantic region in the identification, collection, and preservation of entomological evidence and develops and teaches forensic science workshops for elementary and high school teachers.

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