March 13, 2013
As part of the FORS 200 - Forensic Seminar guest lecture series, Pat Condon, Chief Deputy Prosecutor for the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office shared information about being a credible expert witness.
Condon outlined the order of proof and indicated several points to being credible when presenting expert witness testimony including conduct, consistency, knowledge and honesty.
March 6, 2013
Sgt. John Donahue, Supervisor of the Electronic Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Techs Unit for the Lincoln Police Department, gave a presentation highlighting the importance of electronic evidence in forensic science.
Donahue noted that the Electronic Crimes Unit specializes in: forensic computer and cell phone examinations, child pornography, investigations support and legal support. Donahue indicated that almost all investigations include some sort of electronic evidence so having specialists in this area is crucial.
March 3, 2013
Every year, UNL puts on a recruiting event for the Omaha area where all departments are asked to send representatives to host a booth for prospective students to visit.
This year, the Forensic Science Program pulled out all the stops providing fingerprinting and fingerprint analysis, promotional item giveaways, and educational media.
February 26, 2013
Ashley Hall, a UNL Forensic Science faculty member, was just awarded a $2,700 Lucas Grant from the Forensic Sciences Foundation.
These grants are open to members and affiliates of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and are intended to help scientists with in-depth problem oriented research.
February 20, 2013
As part of the FORS 200 - Forensic Seminar guest lecture series, Kent Weber, a Forensic Firearm and Toolmark Analyst with the Nebraska State Patrol crime lab discussed firearm and toolmark analysis with students.
Kent noted that the work he does includes but is not limited to: firearm function/modification analysis, analysis of bullets, casings, footwear/tires, serial number recovery, toolmark comparison, and shooting reconstruction.
February 13, 2013
As part of the FORS 200 - Forensic Seminar guest lecture series, Erin Steward, a 5th-year Forensic Science major gave a presentation highlighting opportunities for students in the Forensic Science Program at UNL.
Erin is a very accomplished student having been a Teaching Assistant, completed an internship with the Lincoln Police Department, taken on a leadership role in the Forensic Science Club and is now finishing up her UCARE project.
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.
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.
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.
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.