UNL Forensic Science - Don Gross

Fire Investigator Gives Lecture for FORS 200

06 Feb, 2013

February 6, 2013

As part of the FORS 200 - Forensic Seminar guest lecture series, Donald Gross, Fire Inspector/Investigator/Explosive Technician, gave a presentation about what he does with Forensic Science.

Gross indicated that “Fire is a science” and shared real-world examples of how investigators can make determinations about the source of a fire by analyzing the scientific properties of the evidence left in the wake of a fire.

UNL Forensic Science - Karl Reinhard

Karl Reinhard Gives Important Testimony in Murder Trial

31 Jan, 2013

January 31, 2013

Karl Reinhard, Forensic Science faculty member, gave testimony indicating that the human remains that were found in a Valley County pasture belonged to a Caucasian female between the ages of 27 and 35, who was about 5-foot to 5-foot 1-inch tall.

Reinhard was able to determine this through the shape and measurements of the skeleton.  Reinhard indicated that the skeleton was 70 percent complete.

UNL Forensic Science

Forensic Anthropology Lecture

30 Jan, 2013

January 30, 2013

As part of the FORS 200 - Forensic Seminar guest lecture series, Anthropologists Gregory Fox and Derek Benedix gave a talk outlining their work with the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command (JPAC).

These scientists travel to exotic locales all over the world where they work with teams of military personnel to track down, excavate and identify the remains of American Military Personnel. 

UNL Forensic Science - Karl Reinhard

Reinhard, Lein and Kumm Featured in National Geographic

28 Jan, 2013

January 28, 2013

National Geographic Daily News published an article about Sicilian Mummies and featured the work of Karl Reinhard, (UNL Forensic Science faculty member) and his graduate students Melissa Lein and Kelsey Kumm.

Reinhard, Lein and Kumm have recently conducted a pilot program examining intestines of mummified human remains.  Melissa Lein discovered evidence of milkwort, a plant with medicinal purposes thought to be uncommon in Italy.

UNL Forensic Science

"Blowflies, Beetles and Bad Guys: Ecology and Forensic Science"

20 Jan, 2013

January 20, 2013

Amanda Fujikawa and Christian Elowsky (doctoral students in the School of Natural Resources) presented "Blowflies, Beetles and Bad Guys: Ecology and Forensic Science" for children and families as a part of the Sunday with a Scientist program.

Their presentation at Morrill Hall centered on the importance of blowflies and beetles in regards to their roles in decomposition, ecology and their use in forensic science.

UNL Forensic Science - Fred Baxendale

Fred Baxendale New Forensic Science Program Director

01 Jan, 2013

January 1, 2013

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Frederick Baxendale, Professor and Extension Entomologist in the Department of Entomology at UNL, as the new Director of the Forensic Science Degree Program. 

UNL Forensic Science - Karl Reinhard

Karl Reinhard Wins Book Award

06 Nov, 2012

November 6, 2012

Karl Reinhard, a faculty member of UNL’s Forensic Science Program, won the natural sciences division of Brazil's most prestigious book awards, the Prêmio Jabuti, or "Tortoise Award."

The winning publication, "Fundamentals of Paleoparasitology", a compilation of essays and research examining the history and impacts of parasitic worms, was the result of a collaboration with Brazilian luminaries Luiz Fernando Ferreira and Aduato Araújo.

UNL Forensic Science - Amanda Fujikawa

Amanda Fujikawa Featured in Scientific American

13 Sep, 2012

September 13, 2012

Amanda Fujikawa’s graduate research may change the way insects are considered in determining post-mortem intervals.  Her work has shown that insect behavior and morphology may be more complicated than previously believed.

Her findings may significantly impact the field of Forensic Science, and if some of these variables can be further studied and confirmed, post-mortem interval may be determined with more accuracy.