2009 Forensics Exhibit and Series

yellow causion tape and a fingerprint with the text Exhibit April 10 - April 23, 2009 FE: Forensics Exhibit

Kathleen Clauson, Unit Coordinator of the Physical Sciences Library, in coordination with T.J. Urbanski, Associate Dean of Libraries and Library Liaison to the Chemistry and Physics departments, are pleased to announce the 2009 Forensics Exhibit and Series of Presentations. The exhibit at the Physical Sciences Library will be open from April 10th through May 1st. The exhibit will include many unique glimpses into forensic science and crime scene investigation. In addition to the exhibit, the Physical Sciences Library will host several short programs that focus on different areas of forensics and crime scene investigation. WIU offers several options for the study of forensics: the Department of Chemistry offers a major and minor in forensic chemistry; the Department of Psychology offers a minor in forensic psychology; the Department of Anthropology offers a minor in anthropology with available courses in forensic anthropology; and students majoring in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration may choose minors in forensic chemistry, forensic science, and forensic psychology.

Forensic Series of Presentations:

Friday, April 10th - 3pm to 4pm
Presentation in Currens Hall 202 classroom by Dr. Bob Stenander, Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, Peoria, IL , an Overview of Drug Addictions, Issues, and Trends sponsored by Dr. Xiaoping Pan, Dept. of Chemistry in collaboration with the Physical Sciences Library.
Wednesday, April 15th - 3pm to 4pm
Presentation in Physical Sciences Library, Currens 201 Round Annex by Dr. Darrell Ross, Chair of WIU Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Sudden Death in Custody. Dr. Ross is the co-author of "Sudden Deaths in Custody" and before coming to WIU in 2006, Dr. Ross served for 14 years as Director of the Forensics Science Program at Eastern Carolina University. Since 1988 he has served as an expert witness in 26 states, testifying in state and federal courts.
Thursday, April 16th - 11am to 12 noon
Presentation in Physical Sciences Library, Currens 201, by Mr. Kerry Nielsen—from Morton, Illinois, Illinois State Police Forensics Division, Overview of the State Police Forensics Laboratory. Mr. Nielsen is a WIU alumni, Biology, B.S. 1976 and M.S. Biology, 1997.
Tuesday, April 21st - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Presentation in Physical Sciences Library, Currens 201, by Dr. Kim McClure, Forensic Psychologist, WIU Psychology Dept., Forensic Psychology: Assessing the Influence of Witness Confidence on Detectives' Perceptions of Accuracy, Reliability, and Probable Cause. Dr. McClure’s research includes eyewitness psychology, social cognitive areas of memory and recognition, accuracy of memory, and eye witness confidence.
Tuesday, April 21st - 6:30pm to 9pm
Presentation in Morgan Hall 324 classroom, Ms. Janice Wamhoff, Bureau County Coroner and Mr. Larry Jameson and Mr. Eric Jameson, McDonough County Coroners, Death and the Roles of Coroners, sponsored by Dr. Patricia Anderson, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology in collaboration with the Physical Sciences Library
Thursday, April 23rd - 1pm to 2pm
Presentation in Physical Sciences Library, Currens 201, Dr. Patricia Anderson, forensic anthropologist of the WIU Sociology/Anthropology Dept., An Overview of Forensic Anthropology. Dr. Anderson has completed certification coursework for American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators at Mercyhurst Archeological Institute in three areas: Death Scene Archeology and Interpretation of Human Remains in Outdoors Contexts, Laboratory Methods in Identification of Human Skeletal Remains, and Analysis of Bone Trauma and Psuedo-Trauma in Suspected Violent Deaths.

Items and information for the Forensics exhibit have been contributed by Larry Jameson, McDonough County Coroner; Sergeant John Carson of the McDonough County Police Department; Captain Chris Jagielo, Office of Public Safety; Dr. Patricia Anderson, WIU Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Dr. Kim McClure, Department of Psychology; Dr. Darrell Ross, WIU Department of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; Dr. Rose McConnell, Dr. Jack Huang, Dr. Lisa Wen, and Dr. Xiaoping Pan of Chemistry; Dr. Kishor Kapale, Dr. Mark Boley, Dr. Jim Rabchuk, Department of Physics.

Everyone interested in forensics and crime scene investigation is invited to visit the exhibit and attend the presentations. The exhibit and all presentations are all free of charge and open to the public.

The Physical Sciences Library is open Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm and Friday from 8am to 4pm.

Please contact Kathleen Clauson, Unit Coordinator of the Physical Sciences Library at 309-298-1407 or email at for more information.