In her research, Madeline sought to understand which mass shootings make it into the national television news, hypothesizing that certain characteristics of mass shootings, such as whether they took place in public, make them more newsworthy than others.
Focusing on all of the mass shootings that took place between 2009 and 2014, she found that the majority of them were not reported in the national television news. At TEDx MSU in April, she discussed how the characteristics of those mass shootings differ from the ones that do make the national news, and discusses how this skewed picture might impact our perceptions of risk. This research was conducted under the mentorship of Associate Professor April Zeoli.
Forensic Science Masters students present at AAFS
A number of Forensic Science Masters students, alumni, and faculty presented their research at the American Academy of Forensic Science’s 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thank you for representing MSU so well!
Analyses of Necrobiome Structure and Function for Utility in Forensic Science
Heather R. Jordan, PhD*; Zachary M. Burcham, BS; Jeffrey L. Bose, PhD; Jennifer L. Pechal, PhD; Jason Rosch, PhD; Carl J. Schmidt, MD; M. Eric Benbow, PhD
An Analysis of Forensic Scientists’ Job Stress and Satisfaction
David R. Foran, PhD*; Kristie Blevins, PhD; Ruth Waddell Smith, PhD
An Autopsy Fingerprint Technique Using Fingerprint Powder
Lee Morgan*; Marty Johnson, PhD; Jered B. Cornelison, PhD; Carolyn V. Isaac, PhD; Joyce L. deJong, DO; Joseph A. Prahlow, MD (Poster)
A Transition Analysis of Pediatric Fracture Repair Stages
Nicholas V. Passalacqua, PhD*; Michael W. Kenyhercz, PhD; Diana L. Messer, MS
Changing the Mentorship Paradigm: Survey Data and Interpretations From Forensic Anthropology Practitioners
Allysha P. Winburn, MA*; Audrey L. Scott, PhD; Cate E. Bird, PhD; Sean D. Tallman, PhD
Comparing the Response of Portable Hydrocarbon Detectors to Laboratory Analysis of Household Substrates
Jamie M. Baerncopf, MS; Carl Anuszczyk, MS
Concentrated Four-Point Bending and Fracture Behavior in the Human Femora
Mariyam I. Isa, BS*; Todd W. Fenton, PhD; Patrick E. Vaughan, BS; Feng Wei, PhD; Roger C. Haut, PhD
Coupled Microbiome and Insect Evidence in Death Investigation
M. Eric Benbow, PhD*; Jennifer L. Pechal, PhD; Heather R. Jordan, PhD; McKinley Brewer, BS; Carl J. Schmidt, MD
Digging Up the Past — An Atypical Medical Examiner’s Case
Haley K. Scott, BSc*; Joseph T. Hefner, PhD; Philip R. Croft, MD, JD
Forensic Implications of Multi-Species Blow Fly Larval Masses and Their Associated Microbiomes
Courtney Weatherbee, BS*; Jennifer L. Pechal, PhD; McKinley Brewer, BS; Trevor I. Stamper, PhD; M. Eric Benbow, PhD
Internal Microbial Community Translocation Throughout Decomposition in a Controlled Vertebrate Model
Zachary M. Burcham, BS*; Jennifer L. Pechal, PhD; Jason Rosch, PhD; Jeffrey L. Bose, PhD; Carl J. Schmidt, MD; M. Eric Benbow, PhD; Heather R. Jordan, PhD
Introducing the Macromorphoscopic Databank (MaMD): A Data Collection and Analytical Tool for the Analysis of Macromorphoscopic Trait Data
Joseph T. Hefner, PhD*; Amber M. Plemons, MA
Long-Term Observer Error, Observer Experience, and the Value of Trait Standardization in Macromorphoscopic Trait Analysis
Kelly R. Kamnikar, MA*; Joseph T. Hefner, PhD (Poster)
Observer Error and Its Impact on Ancestry Estimation Using Dental Morphology
Donovan M. Adams, MS*; Marin A. Pilloud, PhD; Heather J.H. Edgar, PhD; Joseph T. Hefner, PhD
Postmortem Microbiome Changes During Thaw for Autopsy: Two Pediatric Case Studies
Jennifer L. Pechal, PhD*; Carl J. Schmidt, MD; Heather R. Jordan, PhD; McKinley Brewer, BS; M. Eric Benbow, PhD
Storage Conditions and Time Alter the Association of Known and Questioned Soil Evidence Derived Via Next Generation Bacterial DNA Profiles
Alyssa J. Badgley, MS*; David R. Foran, PhD
The Challenges of Comparative Radiography in the Developing Skeleton
Carolyn V. Isaac, PhD*; Jered B. Cornelison, PhD; Joseph A. Prahlow, MD
The Development of a Characterization Scheme for Emerging Synthetic Phenethylamines
Alexandria Anstett, BS*; David Alonso, PhD; A. Daniel Jones, PhD; Ruth Waddell Smith, PhD (Poster)
The Recovery of Mitochondrial and Nuclear Touch DNA From Spent Cartridge Casings
Emily R. Heinz, BS*; David R. Foran, PhD
The Role of Stigma in the Medicolegal Investigation of Unidentified Persons
Cate E. Bird, PhD*; Jaime D. Sykes, BA; Jason D.P. Bird, PhD
The Short-Term Effects of Surface and Subsurface Burial on DNA From Human Skeletal Remains
Brianna B. Bermudez, BS*; David R. Foran, PhD
The Skeletal Trauma Casework of Walter H. Birkby, PhD: Setting a Standard for Future Generations
Todd W. Fenton, PhD*; Caitlin C.M. Vogelsberg, MS; Jennifer M. Vollner, PhD
Doctoral student Rachel Boratto to speak at ABCG conference
Doctoral student Rachel Boratto has been involved in a two-year pilot project funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society and its partners, working to identify the key drivers behind urban bushmeat consumption in Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo.
Getting Consumers to Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Urban Bushmeat Demand in Congo will be presented Tuesday, October 11 at the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC.
She and other featured speakers will discuss the interdisciplinary framework of that project at the African Biodiversity Collaborative Group seminar, and will present preliminary criminology, social, and market research results which will be used to develop a media behavior change campaign.
Esbeydy Villegas at 2016 NEA Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women
Criminal Justice junior Esbeydy Villegas recently participated in a panel discussion on racial justice in education at the 2016 National Education Association’s Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women. Ms. Villegas is a College Assistance Migrant Program scholar, and has a unique perspective into the issues faced by minority or migrant students.
Robert Peacock publishes article in Public Administration and Development
Doctoral student Robert Peacock and co-author Gary Cordner (Kutztown University) recently published “Shock Therapy” in Ukraine: A Radical Approach to Post-Soviet Police Reform in a special issue of Public Administration and Development. The issue was devoted to the politics and management of policing reforms in newly industrialized, industrializing and developmental states.
Robert Peacock and Gary Cordner serve as advisers on the stand up of the new National Police of Ukraine.
Forensic Science students and alumni present at AAFS
Several Forensic Science Masters students, alumni, and faculty presented papers and posters at the 68th Annual American Academy of Forensic Science in Las Vegas, Nevada. Congratulations on a successful conference!
Characterization of Synthetic Phenethylamines Using High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry. Alexandria Anstett, BS*; Fanny Chu, MS; Ruth Waddell Smith, PhD
Differentiation of Cathinone Isomers Using High Resolution Collision-Induced Dissociation Mass Spectrometry (CID-MS). Cynthia Kaeser, BS*; A. Daniel Jones, PhD; Ruth Waddell Smith, PhD
Differentiation of Commercial Ammunition Sources of Unburned and Corresponding Burned Smokeless Powders based on Chemical Composition using Mass Spectrometry and Principal Component Analysis (PCA). Kristen L. Reese, BA*; A. Daniel Jones, PhD; Ruth Waddell Smith, PhD
Elemental Composition of Tattoo Inks as an Identification Tool. Trevor Curtis, BS*; John Buchweitz, PhD; Ruth Waddell Smith, PhD
Examining the Factors Affecting Forensic Scientists’ Job Stress and Satisfaction. Thomas J. Holt, PhD*; Kristie R. Blevins, PhD; Ruth Waddell Smith, PhD; David R. Foran, PhD
Mathematically Modeling Chromatograms of Evaporated Ignitable Liquids for Fire Debris Applications. Rebecca J. Brehe, BS; John W. McIlroy, PhD; Ruth Waddell Smith, PhD*; Victoria L. McGuffin, PhD
Missing Data Imputation Methods Using Morphoscopic Traits and Their Performance in the Estimation of Ancestry. Michael W. Kenyhercz, PhD*; Nicholas V. Passalacqua, PhD; Joseph T. Hefner, PhD
Spatial Analysis on a Global Scale: Cranial Non-Metric Trait Variability. Joseph T. Hefner, PhD*; Caitlin C.M. Vogelsberg, MS
The Interpretation of Human Pediatric Cranial Fracture Patterns Using Experimentally Generated Porcine Ground-Truth Data. Jennifer M. Vollner, MS*; Caitlin C.M. Vogelsberg, MS; Patrick E. Vaughan, BS; Todd W. Fenton, PhD; Steven C. Clark, PhD; Roger C. Haut, PhD
Understanding the Role of Contact Area in Adult Cranial Fracture Variation. Mariyam I. Isa, BS*; Todd W. Fenton, PhD; Patrick E. Vaughan, BS; Roger C. Haut, PhD
SCJ Graduate Students present at ASC
The MSU School of Criminal Justice was well represented at the 2015 American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting held November 18-21 in Washington, DC.
Alongside leading scholars in the field of criminology and criminal justice, more than 20 students attended to present their research on a wide variety of topics that included cyber crime, police legitimacy, terrorism, product counterfeiting, victimization, aggression & delinquency, and community reintegration.
We are very proud of all our students and faculty that attended and presented at ASC!
Elizabeth Adams – Mothers Under Community Supervision: The Effect of Parent-Related Motivations on Recidivism
Yi Ting Chua – Understanding the Process of Becoming a Successful Carder: Knowledge and Risk Avoidance Techniques
Alison Colby – A Quest for Knowledge and Belonging: Family Members Breaking Down Barriers to Visitation
Greg Drake – Michigan State Police Smart Policing Initiative
Marva Goodson – A Test of General Strain Theory: Female Offenders’ Abuse History and Continued Substance Use (presentation); Delinquent Girls’ Prior, Current, and Future Self Perceptions and Perceived Changes in Social Roles (poster)
Jina Lee – The deterrent effect of transferring juvenile offenders to adult court on recidivism: A review of empirical research; The effects of criminal sanctions for intimate partner violence: A meta-analysis of individual level effects (with Christopher Maxwell and Joel Garner)
Sung Lee – The Impact of Prisonization on Korean Inmates: Deprivation and Importation Model Perspective
Carrie Li – A Qualitative Study on Comparison of Pre- and Post-separation Intimate Partner Violence Against Women
Lauren Magee – Gunshot Wound Severity in Fatal and Non-Fatal Shootings
Rebecca Malinski – Theorizing Cyberbullying: A Preliminary Review of Theoretical Tests of Cyberbullying Behavior (poster)
Seung Paek – The Effects of Fear of Crime and Perception of Risk on Constrained Behaviors
Alec D’Annunzio student rep at Washington Center Academic Seminar
Undergraduate Criminal Justice and Political Science dual major student Alec D’Annunzio was selected to be a student representative attending the Washington Center National Political Convention Academic Seminar in July 2016.
Alec is interested in criminal justice procedures and policies as they relate to the U.S. Constitution as well as analyzing similarities and differences among political partisan behaviors, both inside and outside of government institutions. He hopes to pursue a Masters of Public Policy at MSU and eventually go on to Law School. Alec is interested in a career in law enforcement at the federal level or practicing law from as a prosecutor.
The Washington Center’s National Convention Academic Seminar is of great interest to him because it grants a perfect opportunity to rigorously examine the underpinnings of the political process as an active participant and further his education about the history and function of the conventions within the democratic process itself through educational seminars. The program will also allow a rare opportunity to engage as a reflective and critical participant in thought-provoking discussions with the nation’s preeminent political and media figures. Alec is most excited to participate in one of the most important events in the presidential nomination process, the political convention.
Youth Advancement Through Athletics (YATA)
Marva Goodson is the co-founder and director of Youth Advancement Through Athletics (YATA). Under the guidance of Dr. William Davidson, Ph.D and Sean Hankins, MSW, the project provides 12-week strength-based mentorships, athletic opportunities, career building activities, and community engagement to 12-15 Lansing boys who attend a court-run high school. Participants are placed at Ingham Academy due to a range of behavioral errors including truancy, fighting, non-compliance with probationary requirements, and/or additional petitions within the juvenile court.
The multi-faceted youth development program is designed to reduce truancy, promote self-advocacy, and reinforce academic achievement by attacking 3 domains of the YLS/CMI, the risk assessment tool utilized by 30th Judicial Circuit Court, Family Division. During its five year of service, Marva Goodson and Jayme Danzig have facilitated the professional growth of approximately 50 undergraduate student-mentors and assisted over 70 youth in their exploration of a wide range of career interest. The broader impacts of the project are evident in the positive interactions witnessed between juvenile court officers, who work in the school, and participating youth. YATA provides a platform for the students to showcase strengths in an environment that is traditionally punitive.
Undergraduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply for the mentorship opportunity. Each mentor will enroll in a corresponding course that explores the history and structure of the juvenile justice system, criminological and psychological theories of deviance, and provides each mentor with goal-driven case guidance. The application deadline is October 15, 2015. Please visit yatamission.org for more information. Interested applicants should email their resumes to Marva Goodson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Forensic Science Apple Picking and BBQ
Students and faculty enjoyed a beautiful day of apple picking and good food at the Annual Forensic Science Apple Picking and Barbecue event.
Presentation at Gender Mainstreaming Seminar in Tanzania
Doctoral student Michael Conteh spoke at the 2015 Gender Mainstreaming Seminar in Arusha, Tanzania, stating that leadership is a critical component in attaining gender equality in the military.The week-long seminar was a joint venture of the U.S. Army with military and civilian entities from 16 African nations, and was co-hosted by U.S. Army Africa and the Tanzania Peoples Defense Force. The panel discussions centered around gender integration polices and how positive and proactive leadership is crucial to successful integration.
“Leadership is about influencing people to achieve an objective that is important to the leader, the group and the organization,” Conteh said. “A leader is a person who has a vision, and the drive and commitment to achieve that mission.”
“Leadership,” Conteh said, “is about leading, motivating and inspiring others.”