For the past 15 years, many studies reported a decline in students' interest in science subjects, especially biology and chemistry. Thus, the Institute of Medical Molecular Biotechnology (IMMB) at the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), conducted a STEM related programme known as Junior Scientist Day (JSD). JSD is a flagship school scientific program initiated in 2017 to support the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) call on the STEM initiative in Malaysia, which aims to give students hands-on medical science activities. JSD is created for schoolchildren aged between 7-12 in various science fields, including biochemistry, pathology, microbiology, parasitology, cell imaging, physiology, and anatomy.
This book has been developed under a specific theme; JSD-Crime Science Investigation (CSI). JSD-CSI book is full of easy-to-follow activities for school children to be conducted together with teachers or parents. Experts among the academic and research staff have developed it according to their specific field of medical sciences to foster interest in forensic sciences among young minds. The easy-to-follow guide consists of eight hands-on activities, namely forensic entomology, physical evidence, blood spatter analysis, fingerprint analysis, DNA analysis, blood components, forensic autopsy, and skeletal identification. We believe it would provide teachers with an idea to adapt and introduce the modules into Malaysian school system so that more students can enjoy science's learning processes, hence the birth of JSD-CSI guide book. We hope teachers and parents can obtain novel ideas from this book in making science a fun subject to learn.
Ummi Mohlisi Mohd Asmawi holds a medical degree from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2005). She completed her master's in Pathology from Universiti Malaya in 2013. Currently, she is a senior lecturer and pathologist (Haematology) at the Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). She is a member of the International Society of Blood Transfusion (2017-2018), life members of the Malaysia Society of Haematology and Malaysian Blood Transfusion Society. She is awarded with the Harold Gunson Fellowship in the 28th Regional Congress of the ISBT in 2018.
Heo Chong Chin obtained his Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences (Hons.) and Master in Medical Science (Parasitology) from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He then earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, USA. He is currently a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA. Additionally, he is a Board-Certified Entomologist (BCE) since 2016. He received several awards including the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award from the Entomological Society of America at Denver, Colorado (2017) and Perdana Scholar Award from the Malaysian Embassy at Washington DC (2016).
Siti Hamimah Sheikh Abdul Kadir earned her Bachelor in Biomedical Science from Universiti Putra Malaysia and Master in Moleculer Genetics from University of Sheffield. She started working in Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in 2004 as a lecturer and in 2006, she took study leave for three years to obtain her PhD in Molecular Medicine from Imperial College London, United Kingdom. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UiTM. She is also the director of Institute of Medical Molecular and Biotechnology (IMMB), a research centre under the faculty. She is actively involved in basic medical research and published more than 40 articles.