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posted Apr 27, 2012, 8:21 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 27, 2012, 8:22 AM ]
Accomplished criminalist John DeHaan establishes COP’s Joseph D. Nicol Professorship in Forensic Science

John DeHaan ’69 LAS has tested theories his whole life.  A self-defined science fair nerd, he was a “Mr. Wizard” fan as a kid
Criminalist DeHaan is the authored of a benchmark textbook on fire investigation.
who tried to split atoms in his parents’ basement.  He’s since become a renowned criminalist and fire investigator whose proven theories have pivoted police cases and changed the courses of many lives.  But it’s Joseph D. Nicol, DeHaan’s mentor and namesake of his bequest to UIC, who changed the course of his.

“Joe was a forward thinker who led by example,” says DeHaan, who studied under Nicol while attending UIC.  “He was blunt and cynical, but improved fire investigation by relying on testing to challenge a number of theories on which the practice was based.”

Nicol supported and guided DeHaan while he was a student UIC and through his early career. DeHaan has since authored the industry’s benchmark textbook on fire and arson investigation, started his own consulting company.

Thanks to DeHaan, the UIC College of Pharmacy will be able to establish the Joseph D. Nicol Professorship in Forensic Science.  DeHaan hopes this will solidify a world-class educational program for aspiring criminalists. 

: John DeHaan credits late UIC professor Joseph D. Nicol for his success.
“This professorship boosts our already-competitive program’s visibility in the profession, supports our recruitment of outstanding faculty and students and helps us place alumni,” says. Robert Gaensslen, head of the forensic science program in the College of Pharmacy.  “We are thrilled by Dr. DeHaan's bequest.”

Criminalistics attracted not only the scientist in. DeHaan, but also the part of him that wanted to have a positive impact on his world.  His bequest to UIC is one example, among the many throughout his impressive career, of doing just that. 

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