Two Highly Acclaimed Instructors at UC Riverside
Dr. Frank Sheridan, born and educated in Ireland, moved to the United States after a stint practicing medicine in Africa. Sheridan, who has performed nearly 10,000 autopsies, uses science as a detective tool to determine whether a body was the victim of foul play or died of natural causes. He is the chief medical examiner of the largest county in the United States, San Bernardino County, California, and, among the thousands of autopies he has conducted, supervised the autopsy on Rodney King.
Whoever said “dead men don’t talk” never met David Faulkner, instructor at UCR Extension’s CSI Summer Academy. Bodies tell Faulkner, a forensic entomologist, how
long they have been dead. “Time of death is very important in a death investigation because it allows you to limit the pool of suspects by taking a look at who has a reasonable alibi or no alibi at all for a certain time frame,” Faulkner said.
Faulkner, an entomologist at the San Diego Natural History Museum for 30 years, has been teaching forensic entomology at UCR Extension for several years. He also conducts workshops for law enforcement agencies statewide. The highlight of his three-day CSI academy course is a field trip to the Ben Clark Regional Training Center in Riverside where students will excavate two animal carcasses that were planted on different days.