When an abuse victim dies, a forensic nurse is often involved in collecting evidence for the legal case. To help prepare these nurse specialists, Penn State’s online Nursing Forensics certificate will now include a first-of-its-kind video of an autopsy.
A free public lecture about the role and duties of a medical examiner titled "Introduction to the Medical Examiner" will be given at 12:20 p.m. Oct. 15, in 112 Borland Building on the Penn State University Park campus. Roger Mitchell Jr., a board-certified pathologist at the New Jersey Medical Examiner Service, will present the lecture, which is the second of three presentations on forensic science and its use as a law-enforcement tool in Penn State's 2012 Forensic Science Lecture Series.
Rockne P. Harmon, former senior deputy district attorney for Alameda County in California, will present a lecture hosted by the Penn State Forensic Science program of the Eberly College of Science. The lecture, titled "Solving Cold Cases through Familial DNA Searching: Issues and Answers," will begin at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, 12 April 2012 in the 129 Waring Building at the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lecture is sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.
An assistant professor at Penn State has created a new statistical model that may enable fingerprint evidence to withstand greater scrutiny in court. Currently, some fingerprints that could be key pieces of evidence in court are not being considered because of shortcomings in the way this evidence is reported. Cedric Neumann, assistant professor of forensic science and statistics at Penn State, has devised a statistical model to enable the weight of fingerprint evidence to be expressed in quantitative terms, paving the way for its full inclusion in the criminal-identification process. Fingerprints have been used for over a century as a way of identifying criminals; however, fingerprint evidence is not currently permitted to be reported in court unless examiners claim absolute certainty that a mark has been left by a particular suspect. This courtroom certainty is based purely on the opinion of experts, formed through years of training and experience, but not on scientific data.
The Eberly College of Science at Penn State University, in conjunction with its Forensic Science Program, has established a partnership program with the University of Split in Croatia to expand educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and to encourage relationships between the faculties of the two universities. The new partnership will facilitate student exchange programs; faculty exchanges; joint research projects; educational programs in forensic science and other scientific disciplines; faculty development; and the exchange of scientific materials, publications and information.
Prospective students interested in forensics and psychology careers are invited to attend a special Student for a Day open house at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 8.
A free public lecture, "FBI Scientist's View on the Development of Forensic Science," will be given on Oct. 24 by Melissa Anne Smrz, retired FBI special agent and former deputy assistant director of the FBI Laboratory. This event is the final of four presentations on forensic science and its use as a law-enforcement tool in Penn State's 2011 Forensic Science Lecture Series. The lecture will be held from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. in 111 Wartik Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus.
A free lecture, "The Evolution of Latent Print Development Techniques," will be held on Oct. 10, by Robert Ramotowski, the chief research scientist with the United States Secret Service Forensic Services Division laboratory. This event is the third in a series of four presentations on forensic science and its use as a law-enforcement tool in Penn State's 2011 Forensic Science Lecture Series. All lectures are free and will be held on Mondays from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m., in 111 Wartik Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus.
A free public lecture, "Forensic Science in the Courtroom," will be given from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. on Sept. 19 in Room 111 of the Wartik Laboratory on Penn State's University Park campus. The lecture will be delivered by Dawn McQuiston, associate professor of psychology at Arizona State University. This event is the second of a series of four presentations on forensic science and its use as a law-enforcement tool in Penn State's 2011 Forensic Science Lecture Series.
The public is invited to a free lecture, "Investigating Clandestine Drug Laboratories," on Sept. 12, by James DeFrancesco, a senior forensic chemist with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. This event is the first of a series of four presentations on forensic science and its use as a law-enforcement tool in Penn State's 2011 Forensic Science Lecture Series. All lectures will be held on Mondays from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. in 111 Wartik Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus.
A series of presentations on forensic evidence in the courtroom, drug-lab raids, cutting-edge criminal-investigation techniques, and the changing field of forensic science is part of Penn State's 2011 Forensic Science Lecture Series. All lectures are free and will be held on Mondays from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. in 111 Wartik Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus.
Facebook's leaking of personally identifiable user information to advertisers through some of its popular applications is just the latest sign of the vulnerability of information in the age of social networking. To help address this and other emerging security risks, Penn State is offering an Information Security and Forensics Program that provides learners with the knowledge and skills to protect sensitive information and to determine the causes of security breaches. The program is part of Penn State's Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security degree and is delivered entirely online.
The Penn State Forensic Science Program is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 in the United States by independent websites that review academic programs and provide information to prospective students and their parents. Of the more than 150 undergraduate forensic-science programs throughout the United States, Penn State's is one of only 15 that have been accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a multi-disciplinary professional organization that includes members and representatives from all 50 states, Canada, and 60 additional countries.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public are invited to a free lecture, "Thrilling Science: How to Spin Facts into Entertaining Fiction," by Tess Gerritsen, an international bestselling author. Gerritsen will speak from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. on Sept. 27, in 111 Wartik Laboratory on Penn State's University Park campus. Later in the day, Gerritsen will autograph copies of books and greet readers and fans in the HUB-Robeson Center from 4 to 5 p.m.
Donna Fontana, a forensic anthropologist for the New Jersey State Police, will deliver a free public lecture titled "Forensic Anthropology in the Real World" from 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. on Sept. 20, in room 111 of the Wartik Laboratory on Penn State's University Park campus. The event is the third in the Forensic Science Lecture Series, which features presentations on forensic science, criminal justice and crime fiction. The 2010 Forensic Science Lecture Series will feature four leaders from within the forensic-science field.