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Psychology

Fall 2019 Highlight: FSC220 Forensic Psychology

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Forensic Psychology

This course provides an introductory overview of the many ways psychological research and theories (i.e. behavioural science) can deliver useful information in collecting and assessing evidence for criminal investigation, trial, and prevention. Topics may include: eyewitness testimony, deception, criminal profiling, false confession, mental illness, victim trauma, criminal responsibility, risk assessment, serial killing, hate crimes, sexual offending, prejudiced policing, and jury decision-making. The aim of this course is to give students general insight into the various applied specializations of forensic psychologists.

Prerequisites: PSY100Y5

 

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FSc Convocation 2019

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Congratulations to our 2019 graduates of the Forensic Science Program! We are incredibly proud of all the hard work and effort that you've put into your four years here with us. We look forward to seeing what the future brings for each and every one of you!

For the full album of the day's events, visit the UTM Forensic Science Flickr Page Here.

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Biology

Fall 2019 Special Topics Course:
FSC350 Forensic Biology in the News

Coming up in the new academic year, our special topics course will be offering a new theme, taught by Dr. Novroski, in time for fall enrolment.

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Forensic Biology in the News

A lecture-based course examining contemporary topics in forensic biology. The course will emphasize group discussion where students will examine, review, criticize, and present on current trends and fundamental topics within forensic biology, which could include evidence screening and serology, DNA analysis methodology, forensic technological developments /enhancements as well as current ethical and/or political changes in the field. The implications and applications of forensic biology research advances will also be explored.

Prerequisite:  FSC239Y5, FSC271H5, BIO152H5 and BIO153. This course is intended to be inclusive for all forensic students, including those enrolled in the Minor program.

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis 2019

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Forensic students, faculty, and alum pose with retired officer and course instructor Craig C. Moore (left) after completing their certification training in blood pattern analysis. 

In May, students, alumni, and faculty members Eugene Liscio and Helen Guyrn attended a week long certification in basic blood pattern analysis and recognition, hosted here at the University of Toronto Mississauga. 

Students executed their own experiements to identify stains, resuting in a fantastic opportunity for experiential education. Many thanks go to Craig Moore for an invaluable week of learning. 

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IVNVI Forensics Gala 2019

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L to R: Students of the FSc Program Allana Braga and Olivia Giaccobo (HBSc graduates), Tori Berezowski (MSc graduate) and Jenna Macrae (MSc student).

In March, IVNVI The Forensics Society hosted a gala evening for all members of the Forensics Program, their friends, and their loved ones. With special recognition for academic achievement and community engagement, this event celebrated all the hard work and successes of those involved in making the program such a success within and outside of the classroom. 

Undergrads, graduate students, faculty and staff were in attendance to enjoy being a part of this great program.

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Students in each specialist program were nominated by forensic program faculty members for an award in academic excellence. (L to R) Dr. Tracy Rogers (Anthropology), Dr Rasmus Rosenberg Larsen (Psychology), Dr. Nicole Novroski (Biology), Jesse Garcia (Biology), Paige Holmes (Psychology), Olivia Liu (Anthropology), Jackie Han (Chemistry) and Dr. Vivienne Luk (Chemistry)  
A full gallery of the IVNVI Forensics Society Gala can be found on their official facebook page 
 

 

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Internship Class of 2019 -  24th Annual Forensic Science Day 

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The 2019 graduating FSC481Y internship class, at the end of a successful Forensic Science Day. Far left: Dr. Tracy Rogers, course instructor and program director, and teaching assistant Vanessa Rossi).

A big congratulations to the 2018-2019 Internship FSC481Y class! On Saturday, April 6th, 31 forensic science specialist majors presented their year long research in their internship fields. Talks subjects ranged from submerged bodies in Lake Simcoe, to anemia in natural deaths, to transgender death investigations in Ontario, to provide only three of many examples.

The Forensic Science Program is incredibly proud of the hard work our specialist students have executed throughout the year, culminating in this annual event.

A special thanks to The Blind Duck for the fantastic lunch and reception, as well as the UTM Print & Copy Centre for their efforts in also making the day a success.

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(Left) Incoming internship student Kim Tran is introduced to a potential mentor by Internship Coordinator Teresa Cabral. (Right) 2019 Internship students Charlotte LeFévre, Amy Dylewska, Yoanna Mustilier and Marvimar Castroverde pose around the now iconic FSC Program banner. 
A full gallery of the 24th Annual Forensic Science Day can be found here. 

 

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Canadian Universities for Forensic Science hosted at UTM

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(Inset: The welcoming slide for C.U.F.F.S. 2019).

On Friday, April 5th, Canadian Universities for Forensic Science (C.U.F.F.S) hosted their inaugural conference entitled, "Promoting Collaboration" right here at the UTM campus. Speakers, delegates and guests from all over the country attended to offer discourse on collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches to forensic science. The Forensic Science Program's own professors Dr. Vivienne Luk and Wade Knaap held a fascinating talk on cross-course collaboration. The welcoming statement was given by UTM's own Principal, Ulrich Krull, and many of our students gave talks or poster presentations. Congratulations to all of our community members who contributed to this day's success!

With a sizeable turnout, interesting topics, and lots of great giveaways, this conference brought some of the best and brightest Canadian forensic minds together.

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(Inset: Retired Detective Constable Wade Knaap and Dr. Vivienne Luk discuss the importance of collaboration, as exemplified in their cross-course project, combining FSC311 - Forensic Chemistry and FSC407 Advanced Forensic Identification).
For a gallery of the day's events, follow this link. For more about C.U.F.F.S., be sure to check out their website or Facebook page.
 

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Forensic Science Program at the UTM March Open House

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(Inset: Forensic students Jocelyn Huang, Emma Smith, Esme Newling, Leanne Byrne, Alida Trieu).

On Sunday, March 31 2019, the Forensic Science Program helped welcome prospective students to our campus. We offered information presentations given by our academic advisor Teresa Cabral, one-on-one discussions with professors Dr. Luk and Dr. Novroski, and tours of the CSI house run by undergraduate volunteers. A big thank you to our team for helping the the best and brightest in high school with their biggest decision yet! 

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(Inset: Forensic students Evie Strickland and Nicole Chow answer questions, while Charlotte Le Fevre, Kevin Kim and Emma Tighe represent the IVNVI Forensic Society. Volunteers not shown: Tatiana Babolas, April Abit).
 

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Campus will be closed December 24, 2018 - January 4, 2019

Happy Holidays!

Biology

FSC350: Important technical issues regarding enrolment

For students currently enrolled in one or both of our FSC350 courses, please be aware of the following:

Students have been de-enrolled in order to be shifted to the new course number, slated to come online soon. At this point, you are de-enrolled but not enrolled in anything else. We are aware of this change.  The Registrar’s office is currently in the process of changing the course numbers for LEC0103 and LEC0104, which require students to be removed from FSC350. 

We expect everyone's enrolment in the correct courses to be resolved by January.  Thank you for your patience, and we apologise for any inconvenience.

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The Varisty feature: UTM Expands Forensic Science Program

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(Inset: Hailey Chan and Juliette Belanger-Bienvenue ).

The forensic science program was featured in the University of Toronto's student newspaper, The Varsity. Check out their article detailing new upcoming courses, and interviews, here.

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Publication Feature: Professor Rosenberg-Larsen

The Forensic Science Program is proud to have been an open source sponser of Forensic Psychology professor Dr. Larsen's latest publication: False-Positives in Psychopathy Assessment: Proposing Theory-Driven Exclusion Criteria in Research Sampling. 

The method outlined in this paper is intended to be applied to psychology research sampling forensic science.

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Click the citation below to be taken to the article:

Larsen R. 2018. False-Positives in Psychopathy Assessment: Proposing Theory-Driven Exclusion Criteria in Research Sampling. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 14:1.

Dr. Rosenberg-Larsen also recently published an article exploring improvements in psychopathy research, in terms of facilitating methods for better sampling:

Anthropology

Tracy Rogers: Bare Bones of Research

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In case you missed it, Dr. Rogers shared her path through research and forensic anthropology, and as a consultant with the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, for the podcast "View to the U: An Eye on UTM Research".

You can catch the podcast here.

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Congratulations to UTM Alumni Meadow and Michael!

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(Left to right: Professor Wade Knaap (Forensic Identification Instructor), Special Constable Meadow Libby, Special Constable Michael Ho, Doctor Tracy Rogers (Forensic Program Director).

Last month, UTM alumni Meadow Libby and Michael Ho were presented with their officer badges as Forensic Special Contables with the Hamilton Police Service. Their roles consist of forensic photography, vehicle examination, fingerprint recovery, DNA collection, and exhibit collection. we are very proud of the hard work and dedication you have exhibited as representatives of our program!

See their alumni stories here:

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Biology

New Spring courses now available! Enrol now!

Two new Special Topics courses are now available for spring enrolment. They will be taught by our professor of forensic biology, Dr. Novroski. Apply today!

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FSC350H5S LEC0103 Missing Persons DVI and Unidentified Human Remains
The goal of this course is to gain a basic understanding of the case management involved in missing persons, disaster victim identification, and unidentified human remains cases.  Topics covered will include the interdisciplinary interactions between anthropology, odontology, fingerprinting and forensic genetics in the identification and databasing of both missing persons and recovered unidentified human remains. 
 
Prerequisite:  ANT202H5 / BIO207H5 (Priority given first to FSC SPE, FSC MAJ then FSC MIN)
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FSC350H5S LEC0104 DNA Typing using Massively Parallel Sequencing
This course will explore Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS), a next-generation technology used for DNA typing in research and many clinical areas.  The focus will be on forensic applications of the MPS technology, however other uses such as health and disease research, genome-wide association studies (GWAS), and potential RNA and protein applications will also be discussed. 
 
Prerequisite:  ANT202H5 / BIO207H5 (Priority given first to FSC SPE, FSC MAJ then FSC MIN)

Note: These courses satisfy the UTM Science Distribution Credit Requirement.

 

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