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  • September 5, 2012 (5:00 in Room 352): First Meeting of the new 2012-2013 Forensic Science Club. Food provided by officers for members, liquid nitrogen ice cream demo, discussion of upcoming events, meet-and-greet, and so much more.
  • March 23, 2009: Forensic Nurse, Judy Common, 6:00 PM. Judy Common came and spoke about her career as a Forensic Nurse.
  • November 15, 2008: Alliance Forensics Laboratory, Inc. Tour, 2:00pm Mr. Richard Ernest, Founder and Owner of Alliance Forensics Laboratory, Inc., provided members of the Forensic Science Club with a tour of his independent forensic firearms laboratory. He showed his lab, along with the tools he uses in his lab which included several microscopes and his machine used for firearms testing. He spoke about several cases in which he has been involved, and he also talked about his experience working in the field of forensic science.
  • October 22, 2008: Dr. Richard Rogers, GAB Rm 104, 6:00 PM. Dr. Rogers is a distinguished Psychologist and Psychiatrist, and is also a Professor of Psychology. He came to speak about Forensic Psychology.
  • September 30, 2008: Texas DPS speakers Missy Haas, Gloria Cheng, and Andrew Macey, Chemistry Rm 352, 6:00 PM. Missy Haas works for the DPS as a DNA Analyst, Gloria Cheng is from the Screening/DNA department, and Andrew Macey is from the Controlled Substance section. They came to speak about their careers and experience in their fields.
  • April 25, 2008: Speaker Lt. Gilbreath, Chemistry Rm 352, 4:30 PM. Lt. Gilbreath discussed his work on the "Body Farm", work in Homicide, and as Lieutenant. A body farm is a research facility where human decomposition after death can be studied scientifically. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the decomposition process, permitting the development of techniques for extracting information from human remains.
  • March 26, 2008: Speaker Dr. Robert Benjamin, Biology Rm 419, 5:00 PM. Dr. Benjamin, who is also an Associate Professor here at the University of North Texas, discussed DNA analysis.
  • February 15, 2008: Speaker Dr. Susan Howe, Chemistry Rm 253, 5:00 PM. Dr. Howe is a Sr. Forensic Toxicologist for Tarrant County who spoke about her experience in the forensic science field.
  • November 28, 2007: Speakers Kristy Link (DNA Analyst), Gloria Cheng (Serology Screening), and Genenvieve Mediana (Drug Analyst), Chemistry Rm 253, 5:00 PM. All three speakers were from the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab in Garland, TX. They spoke about educational requirements for their positons, the interview process, casework approval, and how they, themselves, got the job. They also touch on court testimony adventures and interesting cases that they had worked on in the past.
  • November 20, 2007: Speaker Dr. Gill-King, Chemistry Rm 352, 5:00PM. Dr. Gill-King discussed his experience being one of the only 60 board-certified Forensic Anthopologist in the world. He also delved into the abstract concept of forensic science itself and concentrated on the education of prospective forensic scientist and the CSI effect. Continuing, he allowed the students insight into his Missing Person's Identity Laboratory both at the UNT-Denton and the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth campus.
  • April 20, 2007: Armstrong Forensic Laboratory Tour, 2:00pm
    Benjamin Armstrong, President of Armstrong Forensic Laboratory, Inc., provided a detailed tour of the forensic laboratory.  He explained all the aspects of the forensic lab setting and the day-by-day responsibilities of the Armstrong lab.  He showed the tools and instruments (GCMS and HPLC, etc.) most crucial to the forensic field.  He also provided information about the internship available in the Armstrong lab.

  • April 6, 2007: Body World Tour, 2:00pm. Students were able to explore the anatomical exhibition of preserved human bodies. It focused on the education of the human body, its functions, diseases, and physical changes.

  • March 30, 2007: University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth DNA Identity Laboratory Tour, 1:30pm. Students were able to view the program which is designed to offer a broad-based learning experience in forensic science with teaching and research emphasis in DNA technology. This includes the use of DNA technology for paternity testing, forensic casework analysis, missing person’s identification, and other genetic diseases.
  • February 28, 2007: Speaker Professor Hueske, Chemistry Rm 352, 6:00pm. Professor Hueske discussed his experience in criminal investigation as well as crime lab management, crime scene reconstruction, the police department, and forensic chemistry. He emphasized the aspects of forensic chemistry and how they are integrated with the criminal justice system.
  • October 26, 2006: Speaker John Looper, Chemistry Rm 352, 5:30pm.
    John Looper, a Senior Death Investigator for Tarrant County, discussed his experiences working in the forensic science field. He highlighted his duties at the crime scene as well as with the victims remains. He emphasized the importance of cooperation between law enforcement, public service agencies, medical professionals, and those within the forensic community.
  • September 21, 2006: Speaker Eddie Berrett, 6:00pm.
    Officer Eddie Berrett of the Lewisville Police Department disucussed his experiences as a crime scene investigator, focusing on evidence collection guidelines, responibilities at a crime scene, and case loads. He also elaborated on the highly emotional aspect of interacting with victims and their families.
  • April 19, 2006: Tour/Seminar of Goodson Engineering, 6:00pm. Mark E. Goodson, Professional Engineer, provided a detailed tour and seminar of his forensic engineering lab. He focused of the forensic applications his lab examines on a daily basis, and highlighted specific well publicized cases which his team was a part of. He also expressed interest in providing internship opportunities to our students.
  • March 21, 2006 Speaker: Linda James, Chemistry Rm 253, 5:00pm. Linda James, a specialist in questioned documents and handwriting analysis discussed her experiences working in the forensic science field. She highlighted her expertise and provided direction for students interested in the forensic science field.
  • December 6, 2005 Speaker: Dr. Kennedy, Chemistry Rm 253, 12:00.
    Dr. Kennedy, professor of Insect Biology and Aquatics at the University of North Texas, discussed entemology, his lab work, and his research. He also highlighted his professional experiences and careers in forensic science.
  • October 18, 2005 Speaker: Dr. Andrew Armstrong, Chemistry Rm 253, 12:00.
    Dr. Armstrong is the founder of the Armstrong Forensic Lab (www.aflab.com). In this seminar, he discussed the suitability requirements that are important to employment in this field (broad education, report writing capability, personal honesty, etc). He also talked about the feasibility of internship opportunities in his lab and commented that Crime Scene Investigation will probably be the hot area in this field in the future.
 

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