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Sloan Reseives NSF Grant for Ethics Conference

Justice Sciences' Chair Dr. John Sloan has received a $24K grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Social and Economic Sciences (SES) Directorate to support a conference on ethics and digital forensics next May at NSF headquarters in Bethesda, MD. Submitted on behalf of the Alabama Cyber Research Consortium (ALCRC), comprised of the 7 doctoral granting post-secondary institutions in Alabama, Sloan and colleagues at the University of Alabama, Drs. Mark Lanier and Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, will organize all aspects of the conference. Details on the conference will be forthcoming early next year.

Sloan Named Center Director

Justice Sciences' Chair, Dr. John Sloan, has been named Director of the UAB Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research ("the Center").  The appointment, announced by Dr. Robert Palazzo, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is effective July 1st.  Dr. Sloan co-founded the Center in 2012-2013 with Dr. Antony Skjellum, former Chair of the UAB Department of Computer and Information Sciences.  The Center developed from collaborations between faculty members in Justice Sciences and Computer and Information Sciences which then expanded into a research center with over 40 faculty affiliates from departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, Collat School of Business, the School of Engineering, and the School of Health Professions.  The Center's research foci include computer crime and digital forensics, forensic science, intelligence analytics, information assurance, health informatics, geo-spatial imaging, and workforce development.

CJSO "Back-2-School" BBQ

The Criminal Justice Student Organization (CJSO) is hosting a "Back-2-School" BBQ on Monday, September 8th, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in the UAB Mini Park.  Free sandwiches and fixins' from Dreamland BBQ! CJSO memberships and t-shirts will be available ($15 -- cash only, please).  Justice Sciences faculty will be there as well.  Stop by for a visit!

CJSO Fall 2014

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.