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David N. Rahni, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law at Pace University, has been appointed to serve on the editorial board of the Forensic Science Communications (FSC). FSC is a premier journal published by the FBI for rapid dissemination of the latest scholarly discoveries and pertinent technologies in the field of forensic science. Dr. Rahni is the first peer from outside the FBI to have been appointed to the FSC editorial board.
The recognition is due in part to Dr. Rahni’s contribution toward developing portable monitoring instrumentation for early detection of chemical warfare for the Department of Defense and the US Army. The technologies were used during the Persian Gulf conflict during the early 1990s.
“Part of the motivation for my contribution in this field was the illegal use of chemical agents by the Iraqi regime against civilians in my native Iran,” said Dr. Rahni. “My research led to the development of two prototype portable instruments for the preventative detection of nerve gases.”
Dr. Rahni’s work resulted in an invitation to the FBI Laboratory Division at Quantico, VA, in 1998, where he presented his views on scholarly topics of mutual interest such as the use of nano-engineering materials and technology for evidence tracing, environmental forensics, and emergency handling of hazardous materials.
In his capacity on the FSC editorial board, Dr. Rahni will promote the submission of, and review the manuscripts in, his fields of specialization which include: analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry and environmental and clinical forensics. In addition, Dr. Rahni will develop manuscripts in the areas of environmental forensics and early detection and deterrence technologies, and evidence collection and determination for biological, chemical and nuclear warfare in civilian areas.
Dr. Rahni currently reviews for other Federal agencies as well including: The National Institute of Health and the J. William Fulbright Board for the Scandinavian countries, where Dr. Rahni himself was a research scholar in Denmark in 1993. He has taught at Pace since 1986.