Forensics Exhibit: March 28 - May 30

March 28 - May 30, 2008: A forensics exhibit will be on display at the Physical Sciences Library.

Kathleen Clauson, Unit Coordinator of the Physical Sciences Library, is pleased to announce a forensics exhibit at the Physical Sciences Library March 28th through May 30th. The exhibit will include many unique items relevant to 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. 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; and students majoring in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration may choose minors in forensic chemistry,forensic science, and forensic psychology.

Upcoming Events

In cooperation with Dr. Patricia Anderson, WIU professor of forensic anthropology, Larry Jameson, McDonough County Coroner, has agreed to discuss his position as coroner and some of his experiences on Tuesday, April 1st at 6:30 in the Physical Sciences Library.

On Tuesday, April 15th, Dr. Patricia Anderson, WIU foresnic anthropologist has scheduled two experts who will discuss prosecution and forensic anthropology. This program will be held in Morgan Hall Room 324, from 6:30pm to 9pm. The speakers include: Thomas H. Miller, Deputy Attorney General for State of Iowa. He has prosecuted more than 50 murder cases and will discuss 3 cases and expert testimony of forensic anthropologists used for these cases. Charles W. Larson, Sr., retired US Attorney Northern District of Iowa; also served as Senior Advisor to American Ambassador in Baghdad. He will discuss the Saddam Hussein case, the mass genocide of 180,00 Kurds, the process used to locate more than 300 mass graves and how evidence found in these graves is collected and reported.

On Thursday, April 17th at 1pm in the Physical Sciences Library, Dr. Kim McClure, forensic psychologist of the WIU Department of Psychology will present "Forensic Psychology - Psychology and Law: Preserving Eyewitness Evidence" In her presentation, Dr. McClure will provide a description of the interface between psychology and the justice system and provide an overview of the federal guidelines for handling eyewitness evidence that resulted from unprecedented collaboration between law enforcement, the judicial system, and psychology.

On Wednesday, April 30th Dr. Darrell Ross, Professor and Chair of the WIU Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Department, will make a presentation on blood spatter at 2pm and again at 6:30pm. Dr. Ross is the author of "Sudden Deaths in Custody" a foresnics science and medicine book and also frequently testifies in court as an expert witness. Before coming to WIU in 2006, Dr. Ross served for 14 years as Director of the Forensics Science Program at Eastern Carolina University.

Kathleen Clauson is planning additional programs and the dates will soon be finalized. Please check the WIU Library web site for dates and times of programs or contact Kathleen Clauson for more information.

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. Virginia Diehl, Dr. Kim McClure, Dr. Matt Blankenship, and Butch Smith, WIU Department of Psychology; Dr. Darrell Ross, WIU Department of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration; and Dr. Rose McConnell, Dr. Jack Huang, Dr. Lisa Wen, and Dr. Xiaoping Pan of Chemistry.

Everyone interested in forensics is invited to visit the exhibit and attend the programs. The exhibit and all programs are free of charge and open to the public. The Physical Sciences Library is located in the round annex at the end of Currens Hall, Room 201.

The library is open Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm and Friday from 8am to 4pm. In addition, during finals week the library will also be open on Saturday, May 3 from 10am to 2pm and on Sunday, May 4th from 12 noon to 8pm.

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