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CSI and criminal minds devotees are in store for a memorable day next Friday.
“On Friday, April 20, 2012, Weatherford College will present a forensic science conference that will feature some of the top forensic investigative scientists in the nation,” said Weatherford College Behavioral Science chair, Don Jacobs, who helped organize the conference.
Jacobs and colleagues created the FORS rubric of classes at WC that have given students in two-year colleges the opportunity to explore careers in forensic science and forensic psychology as freshmen and sophomores.
Friday’s conference, scheduled in the Alkek Fine Arts Center on the College’s Weatherford campus, features a representative sampling of speakers that show the strength of expertise in Texas and Oklahoma. Dr. Art Eisenberg, Ph.D., of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, helped to create DNA standards currently used across the nation. His topic will be genetic tools for identification of missing persons.
Other presenters will be Ex-FBI agent, Professor John Mabry, J.D. of Central Oklahoma University at Edmond, who will speak on behavioral considerations on child abductions.
Detective Alan Patton of the Grand Prairie Police Department will speak on the Angela Crockett murder investigation, and former WC psychology major and Police Academy graduate Ashleigh Portales, now a CSI investigator in Decatur, will speak about moving from classrooms to crime scenes, giving students insight into academic preparation for a career as a crime scene investigator.
Continuing education credits for law enforcement personnel will be forthcoming. The event is free to students and open to the general public, as well.
Due to the content of some of the presentations, mature audiences are suggested. The conference showcases several careers allowing student internships.
The event has an early start at 7:30 a.m. and ends by 5:30 p.m. Lunch can be purchased in the campus Coyote Café.
Contact Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-598-6431 for more information.