UNL’s Forensic Science Club, a Registered Student Organization affiliated with the Forensic Science Degree Program, held its 6th Annual Spatterganza fundraiser on Tuesday, April 17th. 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.
On Thursday, April 5th 2018, the UNL Forensic Science Club provided members an opportunity to participate in mock interviews. Interviews took place in the Nebraska City Union and were conducted by Celeste Laird, the Forensic Chemistry Lab Manager of the Nebraska State Patrol, and Dr. Michael Adamowicz, the Director of the Forensic Science Program.
On Tuesday, February 20th 2018, four new Forensic Science Ambassadors were announced: Sophia Kallas, Grant Hillenbrand, McKenzy Peterson, and Emma Bresser. These students will train this spring semester and return in the fall to become official Ambassadors for the Forensic Science Program.
This unique team of students volunteer their time to share their experiences with prospective students and assist with campus and outreach activities such as:
On Tuesday, December 5th, Sgt Larry Barksdale was featured in an article in the Lincoln Journal Star. Barksdale, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Assistant Professor of Practice with the Forensic Science program was interviewed by the Journal Star to explain investigators' use of a "digital footprint" to find a missing person. This technique was an important component in a recent case for the Lincoln Police Department.
Dr. Karl Reinhard, Professor of Forensic Science and Environmental Archaeology at UNL, along with Marina Amaral and Nicole Wall, applied pollen analysis to a mummified homicide victim in Nebraska in order to determine the location of death. An unexpected mix of pollen was found in the mummified sacrum, intestine, and diaphragm and the data linked the deceased individual to a specific crime scene in her home. It was determined that the victim was killed in the region of her Nebraska home and not killed elsewhere and transported from somewhere else.
On Friday, May 5th 2017 the Forensic Science Program invited their 13 graduates and their families to participate in a graduation reception held prior to the CASNR Salute to Graduates reception.
The following Forensic Science students were honored (back row left to right): Tyler Withrow, Carly Smith, Shelby Knoche, Katherine Downey, Lauren Peck, (front row left to right), Brittany Noda, Kaitlyn Rosploch, Sydney Stansbury, and Abby Van Duser. Also graduating (not pictured) was Cheyenne Grove, Vitas Jokubauskas, Nichole Leacock, and Elvira Rosales.
UNL’s Forensic Science Club, a Registered Student Organization affiliated with the Forensic Science Degree Program, held its 5th Annual Spatterganza fundraiser on Wednesday, April 12th. 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.
Every year students in UNL’s Forensic Science Program have an opportunity to be recognized for their great work and contributions to the program and the Forensic Science Club. This year was no exception, with four outstanding students nominated, and two winning, for their various contributions.
It was our pleasure to see outgoing club officers Amber Stettnichs (President) and Shelby Knoche (Treasurer) nominated for the “Outstanding Club Officer” award at the CASNR Week Banquet on Sunday, April 9, 2017.
This spring, in coordination with UNL’s Hixson-Lied Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, the Forensic Science Program sponsored Caroline Sturdy Colls, associate professor of forensic archaeology and genocide investigation at Staffordshire University to present her work.
Sturdy Colls presented two lectures: April 3rd’s “Finding Treblinka: Forensic and Archaeological Approaches to Nazi Death Camps”, and April 5th’s “Forensic Approaches to Buried Remains: 21st Century Approaches to Investigating Unlawful Deaths”.
On March 10th, 2017 the CASNR Curriculum Committee officially approved the Forensic Science Program’s proposal to add a new option: Forensic Chemistry. This new option opens the door for students who want to learn laboratory-based chemistry techniques used in the chemical analysis of forensically important materials.