New Years Resolutions from WeAreForensic

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It’s that time of year.  We look back over the past year and forward to the next – and make wild predictions about what the ‘New You’ will do in the New Year!


I gave a broad review of 2012 in two parts.  Now to look forward to 2013.


I don’t generally agree with most resolutions – people tend to make negative ones (I will stop…) rather than affirmative ones (I will keep doing…).  I keep it simple and try and stick to a few simple patterns of behaviour that can improve what I do.  A few relevant one for this blog are included below:


Read more

I read a lot:  internet, newspapers, books and more internet.  Not all of these are necessarily ‘quality’ sources of literature.  This year I will aim to read more journal articles (rather than just the table of contents).  I will chose some from time to time that interest me and share them here with my thoughts.  I also aim to finish a few popular science books I have been meaning to read (I have started Brian Cox’s and Richard Dawkins’ latest books, but yet to complete either).


Communicate my research

I have a few bits of work on the go at the moment, with undergrad placement students.  I aim to get a piece of this research suitable for communication in some form.  By this I mean either a peer reviewed article or a paper presentation at a suitable conference.


Get involved

This year I have been to a couple of meetings and conferences within the UK.  I have also started this blog to communicate some of my ideas within forensic science and education also.  This year I will continue to contribute, getting my ideas out there and known.  I will do this through professional bodies the Royal Society of Chemistry, Forensic Science Society, The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists and through other academic related bodies such as the HEA.


Publish a weekly blog.

I may write more regularly at times but I do have a full time job to do!


My most read blogs so far have been The Lance File and Christmas Gifts.  These show a mixture of scientific evidence and also more entertaining stories.  I will try and keep a balance of both in 2013.  Thank you for all of your supports and comments this last couple of months. I have been surprised how many people have been reading the blog.  Please sign up for updates and to also join in the conversations.


Wish list

Robots to do my marking.

Discover the secret formula for infallible interpretation of forensic evidence.

A dip stick for urine samples in doping control that will instantly give you the results (which will stand up in court).  I will invent this technology.

Another season of The Wire.



So what about you?  What goals or wishes do you have for 2013 ?


I wish you all a happy and safe 2013, thanks for reading, Tom.

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About Dr Tom Bassindale

Dr Tom Bassindale is a forensic scientist, and the founder of We Are Forensic. He is currently the subject lead for chemistry and forensic science at Sheffield Hallam University. He's managed hundreds of forensic toxicology cases, and is an experienced court witness. He has specialist expertise in forensic toxicology and drug testing in sport. And yes... he watches CSI.