Skip Palenik

Skip Palenik is an analytical microscopist which means he looks at very tiny things like dust and hairs. He is an author and a lecturer. He has been lecturing for more than 30 years teaching young forensic scientists in analytical microscopist the two universities he teaches at are: Illinois institute of technology and the University of Illinois in Chigoe. Skip is most well-known for working on the hillside strangler case which was where lots of women got killed. Dr Palenik was able to track down the killer he did this by looking carefully on the women’s clothing and eventually found little bits of paint which lead him to the murderer.  As soon as Skip caught him he confessed to killing 71 women.

Some of his most famous investigations occurred in America and he solved one case in Japan – the Narita airport bombing.  The cases he solved in America were: the hillside strangler in Los Angles, Green River Killer in Washington, the Jonbenet Ramsey case in Colorado the Atlanta child murders and the Unabomber were some of his famous cases.  The Unabomber was a person who destroyed many govement buildings. Skip also helped solve the Oklahoma bombing.

As a young boy Skip received a microscope which inspired him to become an analytical microscopist. With this micro scope, Skip was known to empty his mother’s vacuum cleaner and look at the dust and dirt through his microscope.  He did not know then but that method he used was called Locard’s Exchange Principle.  This refers to a scientific theory that any contact leaves a trace.

Skip Palenik is the 2009 person to receive the Paul L. Kirk Award which the highest award given by the criminalistics section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the 2003 Distinguished Scientist Award from the Midwestern Association of Forensic Sciences and is listed in American Men and Women of Science. In 2010 he was awarded the Chamot Medal in chemical microscopy by the State Microscopical Society of Illinois.



C.S.I vs Reality

In C.S.I things are very different compared to reality in this post I am going to tell you some of the differences between them both. In C.S.I the light are dimmer and sort of like a cool blue but in reality they have to have as much light as possible or you will not see the things that you need to see. In reality you have lots of scientists but then in C.S.I they only have one scientist doing all the work. Also in C.S.I they use words like match were is in real life a forensic scientist would never use the word match because that can lead to people being put in jail when the did nothing scientists usually use the words look like. Also so in C.S.I they just look at the evidence and say you did so go to jail they don’t look at it carefully like they would in real life.

Human Body Project

For my project I did the Lymphatic System with Devlin and Eamon. In this project I discovered lots of new things. Before this project I did not know that there was a lymphatic system. The sections that we had to find out about our project were: Future, care, problem and description. We also had to include a working 3D model of our system. In the problem section we had to find out what diseases can occur in the lymphatic system. In future we had to predict what we thought was going to happen. In care we had to find out what was good and what exercises we had to do. The last section was description in description we had to describe how the lymphatic system works.

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and organs. Your lymphatic system is part of your immune system and our immune system protects us against any diseases that we can get. Lymph is a clear watery liquid that travels through the body. The tonsils and spleen are all part of the lymphatic system. Some good exercises that you can do are laughing. The lymph moves around the body by you moving your arms and legs.

Muscular System-Alex, Ore and Ignacia
Muscles are very important because without your muscles you would not be able to walk. Muscles are all around your body even in the heart the muscles in your heart are called cardiac muscles. Cardiac muscles are soft muscles. Muscles are controlled by signals in the brain. The brain will tell your muscle when to move. Your muscles are not the same size they vary in width and length.
Endocrine System- Madeline, Ben and Imran
In 1885 Clord Bernard made a huge discovery it was that the human body had an endocrine system. In the endocrine system there are glands which produce hormones. Hormones travel all throughout our body they also help our body grow. Some things that are good for the endocrine system are broccoli and cauliflower.
Circulatory System-Theo, Ece and Afrah
William Harvey was the first person to make a discovery of the circulatory system. The circulatory system consists of mainly veins and your blood. Your blood is made in your bone marrow. Your veins take blood to your heart which pumps it all through your body. You veins are blue because there is not much oxygen where your veins are. Your heart can pump 70 times per minute. Your blood will take only 20 seconds to travel through the whole body.

Digestive System- Julian, Ella and Eden
The digestive system is were all of your food is broken down into tiny little monocles. It takes 1 and a half hour to break down your food. Your stomach can hold at least 4 litres of food. Your food has to travel down the oesophagus and your saliva makes this process easier. Your oesophagus is at least 25cm long. Your liver can be damaged easily so it is protected by your rib cage.

Skeletal System-Jack, Bryn and Chloe
The skeletal system has approximately 236 bones and 206 different bones. The skeletal system is a very important system because it protects all our vital organs. Your bones have an inside and outside layer and they are mostly made up of cartilage. Not all of our bones are the same length in size and width. If you eat lots of calcium then you will get very strong bones.

Urinary System-Shakira, Tommy and Isabel
The urine system is were all your unwanted wast goes. Urine is mostly made up of salt and water. You have two kidneys one is near your backbone and one is at the front. Ancient Romans used to use urine as invisible ink. Kidneys stones are were you get little crystalized bits of calcium in your kidneys and you have to undergo surgery to get them out.

Nervous System- Zoe, Matthias and Lilly
The nervous system consists of blue and red cells (but they are mainly blue), spinal cord and the brain. You would not be able to walk if you did not have a spinal cord or a brain because your spinal cord keeps you up straight and your brain sends massages to your legs and arms to start too moving. Charles Ball discovered the nervous system in 1742. Epilepsy, Multiple Scleroses and pancreas disease are all the problems you can have with your nervous system.

Respiratory System-Bailey and Thomas
The respiratory system consists of the lungs, bronchi trees, nose, and mouth and trachea/wind pipe. Your lungs develop before you are born. In the future doctors may use a 3d printer to make replica lungs. Your heart grows on top of your lungs. Some of the problems are: asthma, lemonier, lung cancer and emphaziemer.

I have learnt a lot about all the projects and I am sure everyone else has. I think all of the projects were very clear and had a lot of information. I liked the 3d working models I think they showed a lot of what there project was about.

Asia Project Presentation Facts

Lilly-Singapore Lee Kwan was the first prime minister. Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffel. 53 million is the population.
Chloe-Hong Kong The use to bind women’s feet. Generally the weather is cool. Disney Land is in Hong Kong.
Devlin-South Korea Psy is a famous singer in South Korea. China to the west. Peace and harmony on the flag.


Zoe-China 1.3 billion People live in china.  There are 3,800 different   types of fish. 300,000 men were involved in building the Great Wall of China.
Alex-North Korea 24,000,000 people live in north Korea. Pyongyang is the capital. Mostly Asian people in North Korea.
Baily-Taiwan Capital is Taipei. 4.6 million People live there. Moon Lake is 7m deep.
Thomas-Mongolia 19th biggest country in the world. Ulaan Baatar is the capital. Mongolia can get down to 0 degrees.
Bryn-Pakistan 176,754,360 is the population. Mid-size country. Islam and christen are the main religions.
Tommy-Est. Timor It is hot from July-Nov. Most people live in the capital city. The capital is Dili.
Afrah-Srilanka It is about the size of Tasmania. The population is 21 million. The main religion is Buddhist.
Ore-Philippines Manila is the capital city. It is one of the smallest countries in Asia. 99,656 million people live in the Philippines.
Ben-Myanmar 47 million people. Use to be Burma. Main religion is Budhist.
Ella-Papua New Guine The Kakoda Track is in Papua New Guine. Start school when you are 7. It is not compulsory to go school.
Isable-Indionesia 1700 islands. 242,325,638 people. Jakya is the currency.
Imran-Bangladesh 150 million people. In 1971 Bangladesh became an independent country. Cricket is the most popular sport.
Ece-Thailand Most people are Buddhist. Ba is the currency. Thailand was discovered in 1511.
Shakira-Cambodia Cambodia is well known for their temples. Phonon Peen is the capital. 13 million people live in Cambodia.
Madeline-Vietnam Dong is the currency. Helene City is the capital. 87,840,000 is the population.
Theo-Russia 11.98 people live in Russia. Moscow is the capital. Slavic is the language.
Julian-Malaysia It is an independent country. It borders Thailand. 28,334,132 people.
Eamon-Laos 6.5 million People. Laos is a land locked country. Vegetables and herbs are the main food.
Eden-Bali Bali is part of Indonesia. People in Bali dance out their feelings. Bali has lots of rice fields.
Jack-Brunei It is in southeast Asia. Banclar Seri is the biggest city in Brunei. Brunei is one of Asia’s biggest Ring Dome.
Matthias-Japan Tokyo is the capital. 22,620,600 is the population. Yen is the currency.


Asia Project Reflection

  • Make a list of the most important things you learnt


When I was researching my information on India I found a great site called Encarta for Kids. This website had lots of information and it was very easy to use because it had different subjects like music and the national anthem. I also learn how to highlight the key words in the text.


  • What can you do now that you could not do before


From this project I learnt how to wright an introduction with lots of information I learnt that you do not have to have a really long introduction but it does have to have lots of information in it. I learnt this by Jess showing us as class.


  • What or who helped me


Jess taught me how to do an introduction with lots of high-modality words that I could understand. My mum helped me with setting out my power point. The internet and lots of books helped me with understanding India.


3 Understandings:

  • How to use a power point
  • How to do an introduction
  • How to gather information and put it into my own words


2 wonderings

  • How much has India’s population grown in the last few years?
  • What is their most expensive material and where do they make it?


1 Question

  • How many different rain forests does India have?