April 2, 2014
UNL’s Forensic Science Club hosted Erin Sims, the lab manager for the Lincoln Police Department who discussed many aspects of her work in the LPD Forensic Identification Unit.
Sims showed pictures and described the work done with their AFIS workstation, fingerprint processing room, wet lab, mug and print room, photography lab, evidence processing lab, video analysis lab and fingerprint files.
March 19, 2014
Dr. Robert Bowen, a Board-Certified Forensic Pathologist with Physician’s Laboratory Services and adjunct faculty member for UNL’s Forensic Science Program, came to discuss issues of forensic pathology.
Bowen indicated that in Nebraska, a coroners system is used where a coroner is an elected official (County Attorney) who then appoints a professional to perform that county’s autopsies. Dr. Bowen’s lab processed over 700 autopsies last year alone.
March 12, 2014
Doug Ahlberg, Director of Emergency Management for Lancaster County and retired Captain of the Lincoln Police Department, came to discuss emergency management at the local, state and federal level.
March 5, 2014
Michele Stevenson, a Special Agent with the FBI Omaha Division, shared information about careers in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
As the Applicant Coordinator and Recruiter for the Omaha Division, Stevenson highlighted several opportunities for students and graduates including paid and unpaid internships, careers as professional staff and as special agents. She indicated that college graduates with degrees in math and science are very highly sought after for their problem-solving skill development.
February 21, 2014
Tiffany Heng-Moss, Professor of Entomology and courtesy affiliate with UNL’s Forensic Science Program, will be discussing important female scientists in a variety of science careers throughout history as the keynote speaker for the Women in Science Conference.
February 19, 2014
As part of the FORS 200 - Forensic Seminar guest lecture series, Jerry Soucie, a Lincoln-area Attorney, came to discuss the importance and use of DNA evidence in the court of law.
February 14, 2014
Ashley Hall, Assistant Professor of Forensic Science and Forensic Biochemistry Option Coordinator for UNL’s Forensic Science Program has been awarded the Junior Faculty Holling Family Award for Teaching Excellence for the year of 2014.
February 12, 2014
Two individuals from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services: Benny Noordhoek, Criminal Investigator, and Jeff Peterson, Intel Coordinator/Analyst, came to discuss investigations and data mining in the prison system.
February 5, 2014
As part of the FORS 200 - Forensic Seminar guest lecture series, John Beck, cadaver detection dog trainer and handler, brought his K9 Jasper to discuss using search dogs to find human remains.
Beck and Jasper, a Labrador Retriever trained as a cadaver detection dog, demonstrated how she uses her olfactory senses to ascertain the location of human remains. Beck noted that humans have been using dogs for as long as we can remember because of their superior sense of smell, hearing and eyesight.
January 29, 2014
Josey Huffman, Sergeant First Class in the United States Army, and his colleague Staff Sergeant West, presented a variety of forensic science-related careers available in the U.S. Army.
Sgt. Huffman highlighted the career routes and presented information for the following entry-level positions: Intelligence Analyst, EOD (explosive ordinance detection) Specialist, and Health Care Specialist. These areas were identified as being particularly well-suited for students interested in forensic science.