This summer, UNL Forensic Science students spent three weeks studying forensic science at Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow, Scotland.
The students studied forensically-related topics including:
- The legal and criminal justice system of Scotland
- The work of a crime scene officer in Scotland
- Fingerprint, firearm, and footwear examination
The UNL Forensic Science undergrads that traveled to Scotland included: Alex Fernholz (Senior), Sydney Stansbury (Senior), and Hiyam Hesso (Sophomore).
Amy Douglas, a junior UNL Forensic Science Major studying in the Crime Scene Investigation track just finished an exciting internship with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at their Kansas City office.
HSI works with immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism, and combating the illegal movement of people and trade. As an intern Douglas gained valuable first-hand experience of what it is like to work for the government as a Special Agent. Her experiences included:
This summer, for the first time, UNL students had the opportunity to study mummified human remains on a study abroad field school in Sicily Italy led by forensic science faculty member Dr. Karl Reinhard along with Dr. Deb Meier and Dr. Johnica Morrow.
On Friday, May 6th the Departments of Entomology and Applied Science invited Forensic Science graduates and their families to participate in the joint graduation reception held prior to the CASNR Salute to Graduates reception.
The following Forensic Science students were honored (in order left to right): Rachel McCroskey and Melanie Blum. Other graduating seniors (not pictured) include: Emma Blank, Ashley Fejfar, Justine La Violette, and Lianna Walker.
As part of the FORS 200 - Forensic Seminar guest lecture series, Captains Oliver Berglund and Christina Krcilek of the Nebraska Army National Guard (72nd Civil Support Team) came to speak to the students about their work with the Civil Support Team (CST). This team frequently works with police, fire departments, and the FBI and respond to natural and man-made disasters. They are an emergency response unit with 22 subject matter experts that have teams across the country that can be deployed on request.
On Wednesday, April 13th 2016, UNL’s Student Involvement Office hosted a ceremony for the Student Impact Awards and selected the Forensic Science Club as a finalist for the Outstanding Student Organization Award.
With growing numbers, invited speakers, and a new philanthropy for the prevention of Human Trafficking, the Forensic Science Club is expanding its scope and gaining notoriety across UNL’s campus. For more information, or to join, contact the club at: firstname.lastname@example.org
UNL’s Forensic Science Club, a Registered Student Organization affiliated with the Forensic Science Degree Program, held its 4th Annual Spatterganza fundraiser on Wednesday, April 13th. Every year, the club provides individuals the opportunity to buy a t-shirt and then find creative ways to get imitation-blood spatter on it.
Sgt. Larry Barksdale, Assistant Professor of Practice and Crime Scene Investigation Option Coordinator for the UNL Forensic Science Program, was presented the Outstanding Teaching Award at the CASNR Week Banquet on Sunday, April 10th, 2016. Barksdale has made significant contributions to the education of students and has been, and continues to be, an integral part of the program.
As part of the FORS 200 - Forensic Seminar guest lecture series, Jeff Bracht, a Forensic Scientist/DNA Analyst, talked about the work that goes on in the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab.
Serving any law enforcement agency in the state of Nebraska, the State Patrol Crime Lab is accredited and has with about 22 employees including managers and analysts. There are several disciplines represented at the lab including: serology (identifying biological material), DNA, toxicology, trace evidence, controlled substances, latent prints, and firearms/tool marks.
As part of the FORS 200 - Forensic Seminar guest lecture series, Michele Stevenson, a Special Agent with the FBI Omaha Division, shared information about careers in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Although her degree is in speech communication, she indicated that math and science-focused majors are more highly sought after by the FBI.