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MSFS Program Director Named

Dr. Elizabeth Gardner Named Director of Forensic Science Program

The Department of Justice Sciences is pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Gardner is the new Director of the department's forensic science program.  Dr. Gardner replaces Dr. Jason Linville who held the post for 9 years and will remain as a core forensic science faculty member. 

Dr. Gardner joined the department in 2007.  She received a BS in chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State university.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Argonne National Laboratory and was a Faculty Fellow at NASA. She has served as a consultant to the City of El Paso Police Department, and been a visiting faculty member at Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez (Juarez, Mexico) and Purdue University.  She also spent six years on the faculty at the University of Texas-El Paso.

Dr. Gardner's research interests include drug chemistry and criminalistics.  Her most recent work has involved investigations into "legal highs" and the contamination of circulating currency with illicit drugs.

Forensic Science Program Reaccredited

The Department of Justice Sciences is pleased to announce that at its meeting on February 15th, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) awarded full accreditation to the department's MSFS (Master of Science in Forensic Science) program for a full five (5) year term.  The program joins an elite group of 19 accredited graduate forensic science programs in Canada and the United States, while it also celebrates its 35th anniversary during the 2013-2014 academic year.

2014 Cyber Summit A Success

The 2014 UAB Cyber Summit, sponsored by the Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research, was held Tuesday and Wednesday, February 18-19 at the UAB National Alumni House.  Over 100 attendees were present, representing business, industry, government, and academe.  Highlights of the Summit included keynote addresses by Andrew Turner, Head of Global Cyber Security at VISA and John G. Grimes, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and Chief Information Officer for the Department of Defense; panels on malware, cloud security, and threat intelligence; and a workforce development mixer attended by over 30 graduate students who had a chance to hear from representatives of business and industry including Regions Bank, Alabama Power, SunGard, and Fidelity Investments about hiring trends in the field of digital forensics. 

For more information about the Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research, please click here. The Center is affiliated with both the Department of Justice Sciences and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, along with multiple other departments across the UAB campus.

Department Scholarship Applications Available

Justice Sciences is pleased to announce that applications for department-based scholarships for undergraduate students are now available for downloading by clicking here.  There are scholarships sponsored by ASIS (American Society of Industrial Security) in honor of Buck Shaw who was the Birmingham Chapter's President, and Internet Identity (IID), a computer security company located in Pulman, WA.  There are also merit (academic) and need-based scholarships.  Application deadline is 5:00 pm on April 4, 2014.  Please be sure to review the scholarship guidelines BEFORE downloading the applications.