Institute for Forensic Science
The Institute for Forensic Science at Texas Tech University is committed to the production and dissemination of interdisciplinary forensic science research through a unique multidisciplinary program that provides outstanding education, research, and professional training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at TTU, and local and regional law enforcement. The Institute is a comprehensive teaching, training, and research organization in all aspects of forensic science. The Institute is committed to providing outstanding service to the university, profession, and community. We are committed to supporting local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies through the sharing of ideas, problem-solving, and empiricism promoting prosocial values and contributing to safer communities.
The Institute for Forensic Science is located at 4434 South Loop 289 in Lubbock. We are on the South side of Lubbock on the access road between Quaker and Slide. To get directions from your location, click here.
- 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.
- March 2, 2017: Student Amanda Patrick was the winner of the IFS Spring 2017 Research Award for her proposed project "Condom odor profiling with HS-SPME and Temperature Effect on Condom Fingerprint Development". The Institute for Forensic Science offers research funding to two students annually to promote our mission of quality and ethical research methodology within the forensic discipline. Congratulations, Amanda!
- February 22, 2017: THESIS DEFENSE. Sarah Shutic will be defending her thesis entitled "Forensic Identification of Pharmaceuticals via Combined Portable X-ray Fluorescence and Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy" on March 8th, 2017 in the chemistry building at Texas Tech University, room 305 at 3:00 PM. Thesis committee includes David Weindorf, PhD. (Chair), Kathy Sperry, Ph.D., and Dominick Casadonte, Ph.D. Everyone is welcome to join!
- 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, PhD. (Chair), Kathy Sperry, Ph.D., and Robert E. 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 Prundenti-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.
- 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).
- 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.
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