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About George Duncan

As a teacher, my primary goal is to stimulate interest, to inspire learning. More specifically, as a scientist I introduce students to a body of facts and concepts. I ask them to consider all of this material as tentative, material to be viewed critically through the lens of the scientific method. I also introduce science in the sense of community and encourage students to think of themselves as members of the community who should be active citizens, not onlookers. Methodologically, I seek a balance in my courses between lecturing to students and asking them to make discoveries. I encourage students to engage with the topic at hand, and recognize that I am often sowing the seeds of confusion which they will have to harvest with me and with each other in the belief that good teaching depends upon intellectual exchange. My approach to student assessment is directed at mastery of a body of knowledge without a lot of rote memorization and demonstration of the ability to use the scientific method to organize facts and concepts, identify unknowns and suggest possible experimental roads into solutions.


2004 - Present Affiliated Faculty, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
1972 - 2017 Criminalist I, II, III; DNA Unit Manager, Broward Sheriff's Office ‐ DNA Unit
1996 - 2010 Courtesy Professor Appointment; Adjunct Professor, Florida International University ‐ Chemistry Department
1985 - 2003 Adjunct Chemistry Instructor, Broward Community College
1970 - 1972 Lab Technician, Crime Scene Unit, Police Officer, Dade County Public Safety Department - Crime Laboratory
1969 - 1970 Criminalist Intern, Dade County Crime Laboratory

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

1992 - Present Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1974 - Present Member, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Emeritus
1970 - Present Member, Past President (South Florida Subsection), American Chemical Society (ACS), Emeritus
1994 - 2010 Member, American Society of Human Genetics
1991 - 2008 Member, Forensic Science Society (Great Britain)
2004 Member, Association of Forensic DNA Examiners and Administrators (AAFDA)
1989 - 2001 Member, Technical Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (TWGDAM)
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Honors and Awards

  • American Board of Criminalistics Emeritus, Diplomate, Molecular Biology, 2015 - present
  • American Board of Criminalistics, Fellow, Molecular Biology, 2005 - 2015
  • American Board of Criminalistics, Diplomate, General Criminalistics, since 1997
  • Licensed Technologist in Clinical Chemistry and Immunohematology (Department of Rehabilitative Services, since 1971 [presently inactive status])


1996 Ph.D. -- Biology, Florida International University
1983 M.S. - Chemistry, Florida Atlantic University
1970 B.S. - ACS Chemistry, University of Miami

Contact Information

(954) 262-3603


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