News and Student Achievements Archive
- August 12, 2017: Stemming from her Master's thesis, program alumna Sarah Shutic and members of her
thesis committee recently published "Forensic identification of pharmaceuticals via
portable x-ray fluorescence and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy" in Forensic Science
International. The article is available online:
Shutic, S., S. Chakraborty, B. Li, D.C. Weindorf, K. Sperry, and D. Casadonte. 2017. Forensic identification of pharmaceuticals via portable X-ray fluorescence and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Forensic Science International 279:22-32. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2017.08.008
- August 12, 2017:Congratulations to our latest graduate-- Nicholas Knowlton. We wish you the best of luck!
June 27, 2017:Dr. Robert Morgan, IFS director, was just announced as this year's Leadership in Education Award recipient from the American Psychological Association's Div. 18 (Psychologists in Public Service). This annual award "recognizes an educator with an outstanding record of teaching or training at any level of education — from high school to postgraduate continuing education. This person promotes learning and, in so doing, enhances the field of public service psychology." Congrats, Dr. Morgan!
- May 19, 2017: Congratulations to our latest graduates-- Tatiana Blanco-Alvarez, Courtney Brown, Rebecca Camacho, John-William Knight, Cheyenne Robinson, Sarah Shutic, and Breanna Turner. We wish you all the best of luck!
May 4, 2017: During the week of April 17-21st, 2017, Dr. Paola Prada was the plenary guest speaker at the 2nd International Forensic Odorology Seminar hosted in Villa Regina, Argentina. Dr. Prada had the opportunity to train law enforcement personnel in canine detection disciplines such as narcotics and human odor.
- May 3, 2017: Congratulations to Amanda Patrick and Jessica Prudenti-Montalvo, the 2017 Hillcrest Foundation Forensic Science Scholarship recipients!
- April 10, 2017: PAPER DEFENSE. John-William Knight will be defending his paper entitled "Suicide Differences in Gender" on April 13th, 2017 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 122 at 10:00 AM. Paper committee includes Kathy Sperry, Ph.D. (Chair), Col. David Lewis, M.A., and Paola A. Prada, Ph.D. Everyone is welcome to join!
- April 10, 2017: PAPER DEFENSE. Breanna Turner will be defending her paper entitled "Through the Eyes of CSIs: Fingerprints and Bias-Ability" on April 13th, 2017 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 122 at 3:00 PM. Paper committee includes Kathy Sperry, Ph.D. (Chair), Martina Klein, Ph.D., and Paola A. Prada, Ph.D. Everyone is welcome to join!
- April 6, 2017: Dr. Prada's team proposal, "A multidimensional approach to assess olfaction in dogs with application to explosives detection," has been selected as one of the seven projects to be funded in Round 2 of the Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Research at Texas Tech.
- April 4, 2017: PAPER DEFENSE. Cheyenne Robinson will be defending her paper entitled "The Impact of Police Officer Training Techniques on Officers' Perceptions and Responses to Situations in the Field" on April 7th, 2017 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences, room 122 at 2:00 PM. Paper committee includes Kathy Sperry, Ph.D. (Chair), Paola A. Prada, Ph.D., and Ralph Ferguson, Ph.D. Everyone is welcome to join!
- March 30, 2017: Student Tatiana Blanco-Alvarez presented a poster of her thesis data at the 16th Annual
TTU Graduate School Poster Competition on March 24. She was awarded first place in
her category for her poster. Congratulations, Tatiana!
- March 18, 2017: Dr. Thoen presented a poster entitled "Impact of Changing Shift Schedules on Officer
Wellness and Job Satisfaction" at the 2017 Annual Conference of the American Psychology-Law
Association in Seattle, WA. Co-authors on the poster included Andy Young, Ed.D. (Lubbock
Christian University, Department of Behavioral Sciences), Ethan Dodson (graduate student,
Forensic Sciences), Chaise Edwards (lab alumni), Bailea Coffel (undergrad, Psychological
Sciences), Braden Anderson (lab alumni), Breanna Turner (graduate student, Forensic
Sciences), Preston McCullough (undergrad, Psychological Sciences), and Tatiana Blanco-Alvarez
(graduate student, Forensic Sciences).
March 3, 2017: Dr. Paola Prada has been designated as a full member to the Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE). COFSE's goal is to help develop and achieve the highest academic standards and to develop excellence among students seeking a career in the forensic science discipline.
- February 16, 2017: Student Tatiana Maria Blanco-Alvarez recently had two papers accepted for publication
in the Revista Costarricense de Psicología [Costa Rican Journal of Psychology]. The
articles are entitled "La Psicología Policial y su Papel en el Contexto Costarricense"
[Police Psychology and its Role in the Costa Rican Context], with co-authors María
José Castro-Gómez and Juan Gabriel Ramírez-Fernandez from the University of Costa
Rica, and "Factores Asociados al Estrés Laboral en Policías Penitenciarios Costarricenses"
[Related Factors to Work Stress among Costa Rican Correctional Officers], based on
her thesis, with co-author Dr. Megan A. Thoen.
- February 15, 2017: Dr. Prada and two members from her lab group presented two research posters entitled "Arsenic-Fed Piglets: Assessing Heavy Metal Levels in Decomposing Pig Tissues and Soil Samples" by senior Masters student Courtney Brown and "Hand Odor Volatiles and Drug Abuse: A Pilot Study using a Chemical Dependent Target Group" by senior Masters student Silas Kemboi at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) in New Orleans, LA.
- January 30, 2017: THESIS DEFENSE. Tatiana Maria Blanco-Alvarez will be defending her thesis entitled "Related Factors to Aggression in Correctional Officers from Costa Rica" on February 17th, 2017 at the Institute for Forensic Sciences at 10:00 AM. Thesis committee includes Megan A. Thoen, Ph.D. (Chair), Kathy Sperry, Ph.D., and Robert D. Morgan, Ph.D. Everyone is welcome to join!
- January 19, 2017: Sending a warm welcome to our new graduate students Thy Nguyen, Madeline Scotch, and Jessica Prudenti-Montalvo!
- December 2016: Dr. Megan A. Thoen was awarded a grant through the Texas Tech University 2017 Catalyst Scholarship Program to assist with her work entitled "Assisting Their Own: Assessing Suicide Prevention & Wellness Programs Utilized By Law Enforcement Agencies."
- December 2016: Congratulations to our recent graduates, Brittany Koon and Michael Radford!
- November 21, 2016: Dr. Megan A. Thoen's poster submission entitled, "Impact of Changing Shift Schedules on Officer Wellness and Job Satisfaction", with co-author Andy Young, Ed.D of Lubbock Christian University was accepted for inclusion in the 2017 American Psychology-Law Society Annual conference which will be held in Seattle, Washington, on March 16-18.
- November 8, 2016: Dr. Prada's graduate student Silas Kemboi had his abstract accepted for the AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in New Orleans, LA this upcoming February 13-18, 2017. The title of the work is "Hand Odor Volatiles and Drug Abuse: A Pilot Study Using a Chemical-Dependent Target Group (Poster presentation), Silas Kemboi, BS; Megan A. Thoen, PhD. & Paola A. Prada, PhD".
- November 4, 2016: Dr. Paine's graduate student Courtney Brown received news that her abstract was accepted for the 69th Annual American Academy for Forensic Sciences conference to be held in New Orleans, LA this February 13-18, 2017. The title of the work is "Arsenic-Fed Piglets: Assessing Heavy Metal Levels in Decomposing Pig Tissues and Soil Samples (poster presentation), Courtney Brown, BS; Robert R. Paine, PhD. & David Klein, PhD".
- November 2, 2016: Michael Radford, senior master's student in Dr. Paola Prada's research laboratory gave a poster presentation entitled "Visualization of latent fingerprints on used condoms: Powdering method perspectives, Michael Radford, BS; Kathy Sperry, PhD. & Paola A. Prada, PhD" at the 5th International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology in San Francisco, California.
- October 6, 2016: Congratulations to Courtney Brown (graduate student, forensic sciences) on being inducted into the Texas Tech Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society this past weekend.
- September 27, 2016: Courtney Brown (graduate student, forensic sciences) presented a podium presentation entitled "Arsenic fed piglets: Assessing arsenic levels in decomposing pig muscle and soil samples" at the 2016 Annual Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists conference in Galveston, TX.
- September 15, 2016: Interested in skeletal biology? There is an upcoming course in Crete for Summer I 2017, ANTH 4643/5315 Field Research in Skeletal Biology. For more information, contact Dr. Paine or review the flier. These classes are merely provided as a convenience or informational resource. They do not imply nor represent an endorsement by Texas Tech University or its affiliates.
- July 2016: Dr. Paola Prada was elected member of the Dogs and Sensors subcommittee within the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) housed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). OSAC coordinates the development of standards and guidelines for the forensic science community to enhance quality and consistency across the forensic science field.
- August 4, 2016: Dr. Thoen and several members from her lab presented a poster entitled "Impact of Cultural, Criminogenic, and Psycholegal Characteristics on Indigent Defense" at the 2016 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association under Division 41 (American Psychology-Law Society) in Denver, CO. Pictured from left to right are Braden Anderson (undergrad, Psychological Sciences), Bailea Coffel (undergrad, Psychological Sciences), Chaise Edwards (undergrad, Psychological Sciences), Dr. Thoen, and Tatiana Blanco-Alvarez (graduate student, Forensic Science). Other poster authors not pictured: Kevan Galyean (staff, Institute for Forensic Science), Stephanie Van Horn (graduate student, Psychological Sciences), Breanna Turner (graduate student, Forensic Science), and Crystal Blair (graduate student, Interdisciplinary Studies).
- April 2016: FSCI students Brittany Koon and Tatiana Blanco-Alvarez were awarded Hillcrest Scholarships in Forensic Science for 2016.
- March 2016: FSCI student Tatiana Blanco-Alvarez was awarded the Spring 2016 Research Fund Award to support her Master's thesis work entitled, "Related Factors to Aggression in Correctional Officers from Costa Rica."
- December 2015: Two members of the Institute were awarded the 2015 Matador Award for their service to the university, Priscilla Reid (Training Coordinator) and Mark Hendley (for his work in Psychological Sciences as Unit Coordinator).
- November/December 2015: Texas Tech University's Institute for Forensic Science and Canine Intelligence Academy (CIA) jointly present the course "Canine Detection Evaluations- Advancing Canine Team Performance through Improved Assessments and Validation" given by faculty member Dr. Paola Prada, and CIA's canine instructor Donald Blair, at the Colombian National Police Handler and Canine Training Academy in Facatativa, Colombia, November 30- December 2, 2015.