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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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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!

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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 VarsityCheck 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:

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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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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.

 


Congratulations to the Forensic Science Graduate Class of 2018!

 

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A very sincere congratulations to the entire graduating class of 2018, including, but not limited to, the FSc specialist graduates (pictured above). We are very proud of all of your hard work and dedication, and we know there will be great opportunities in your future, as alumni of UTM!

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Applications for 2018 Johnson-Whyte Foundation Scholarship Ends June 1st

 

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The International Association for Identification realizes the importance of education and research in the field of Forensic Identification.  The Johnson-Whyte Memorial Foundation Fund was established to fund scholarships.  Applications for scholarships are being accepted until June 1, 2018. 

The degree being sought must be related to employment in the field of Forensic Identification. Undergraduate applicants must be in third or fourth year during the Fall term of the year in which the award is to be given. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 

Applications can be found at www.theiai.org/foundations

 


Internship Class of 2018 - Forensic Science Day

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Congratulations to the FSC481Y Internship Class of 2018 for successful Forensic Science Day! An entire semester of hard work, networking, and research culminated in fascinating and engaging presentation of their work.

For a full selection of photos from the day's events, check out the IVNVI Society's Facebook Album Here.


 

UTM Feature on Daily Planet

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Third year student Allana Braga, in the Forensic Anthropology Specialist Program, was featured in a segment on Daily Planet. You can watch the clip here.


Indigenous more likely to be victims of homicide: UTM student study

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Student research from the University of Toronto Mississauga reveals new information about Indigenous homicides in Ontario. The study by Navneet Aujla, a fourth-year student with UTM’s Forensic Science program, confirms and updates 20-year-old conclusions that Indigenous people are more likely to be victims of homicide compared to the general population, and pinpoints homicide hotspots in the province.

Read the full research profile here

 


 

   

January 2018: Dr. Tracy Rogers appears as one the Toronto Star's Best People of 2017

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Congratulations to program director and course instructor Dr. Tracy Rogers, who was recently announced as one of the best people of 2017 by Star columnist Heather Mallick"

"[As] One of Canada’s leading forensic anthropologists, she studies what bones and ashes have to say to the living. Having worked on the Pickton serial killings, she remains meticulous, even physically entering the extermination chamber that Dellen Millard bought to incinerate the kidnapped Tim Bosma in 2013....When I think of the Bernardo-Homolka serial killings, where a lazy autopsy of Karla Homolka’s little sister made the subsequent killings possible, I so value Rogers’ intelligence and care. It continued in the Millard-Smich trial over the murder and incineration of Laura Babcock."

Dr. Rogers' commitment to hard work and integrity is a great example to future forensic scientists in our program.

Last month in The Medium: Moving from classes to crime scenes

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Last month, Professor Cahn was featured in The Medium, discussing the importance of experience in an education of forensic science, and what students can gain in the fourth year internship course.

 

You can read the full article by following this link. 

October 2017: UTM Professor Enzo Rondinelli Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

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On October 11th, 2017, UTM sessional law professor Enzo Rondinelli was called to be one of the ten new judges appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice. We are extremely proud to congratulate professor (now Justice) Rondinelli, who has been an adjunct professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School since 2003, and teaches FSC360: Evidence, Law and Forensic Science in Canada at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Justice Rondinelli was called to the bar in 1997, and most recently worked with the Pro Bono Law Ontario-Supreme Court of Canada Assistance Program, the Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program and the Legal Aid Ontario Committee. Earlier this summer, Justice Rondinelli won the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Criminal Justice.

Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Rondinelli to preside in Toronto, and we are very fortunate to have him in such an honourable position within our legal system!

 

 

August 2017 - The 21st Triannual meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS)

In August, a number of students and faculty attended the 21st Triannual meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS).

Our students represented UTM Forensic Sciences through a variety of excellent presentations and posters. Congratulations to everyone pictured, and those we missed!

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April 2017 - Forensic Science Day

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Congratulations to the FSC481Y Internship Class of 2017 for successful Forensic Science Day presentations!

 

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Faculty, mentors and students gather at the Blind Duck after a successful day of presentations (2017)

 

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The cupcakes are always a hit! Post-presentation feasting at the Blind Duck (2017)

 

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Faculty fun at the Blind Duck! (2017)

 

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Food and feedback at the Blind Duck with teaching assistant Ashley Smith (PhD candidate) and FSC481Y Internship students (2017)

 

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Mentor Eugene Liscio (P.Eng) and FSC481Y Internship students at the Blind Duck, planning their next great research projects! (2017)

 


April 2016 - Forensic Science Day

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Congratulations to the FSC481Y Internship Class of 2016 for successful Forensic Science Day presentations!

 


"If the law has made you a witness, remain a man of science. You have no victim to avenge, no guilty or innocent person to convict or save - you must bear testimony within the limits of science."

- Dr. P.C.H. Brouardel, 19th Century French Medico-Legalist

U of T Mississauga's Forensic Science Honours (Hons) BSc program, the first of its kind in Canada, is designed to provide the student with an understanding of scientific analyses, theories, laboratory skills, applications, and field techniques. Specialist programs are offered in the fields of forensic anthropology, forensic biology, forensic chemistry, and forensic psychology. A double major program is also available to students, to be taken in conjunction with a major in anthropology, biology, chemistry, or psychology.

 

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January 24, 2017 / (Updated March 6, 2017)

Professor Emeritus Jerry Melbye has been selected as one of 50 outstanding contributors to the legacy of the campus in celebration of UTM's 50th anniversary

 

November 2015 - Coffee with a Cop 

On Friday November 27th between 12pm and 2pm, police officers from the Peel Regional Police will be in the Davis meeting place with coffee and timbits.  This is a unique opportunity for students who are interested in policing or related fields. The officers will be there to answer questions and talk about how they developed into their roles.

There is no sign up or registration required, just show up and have a coffee and timbits on us!

Click here for more information. 

April 2015 - Forensic Science Day

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Congratulations to the FSC481 Internship Class of 2015! Our annual Forensic Science Day and 20th Year Celebration was a great successClick here for photos of the event. To read the full article on our event, click here and enjoy!

March 2015

The University of Strathclyde will be holding an info session on their MSc/PgDip/PgCert in FORENSIC SCIENCE on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 12 noon - 1 pm, in DV1092A.


2015 Toronto Police Service Forensic Identfication Services 25th Educational Coference "Forensic Examination The Silver Lining"  MAY 12th - May 15th, 2015

For conference/registration information click here.


JOB ALERT:  Toronto Police Service is now accepting applications for “Crime Scene Tech Support, Forensic Identification Services" (JOB ID #3236) 

To view the job description, requirements and rated competencies, click here.

Please Note:  Interested candidates must apply for this position online. No hard copies will be accepted. (Please use PC, Internet Explorer)


June, 2014

Congratulations to our class of 2014!

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June, 2014

Wanted to tour the CSI House on campus but couldn't make it out to our events? Eugene Liscio has put together a video using laser scanner software that showcases all three floors of the house.

February, 2014

Job alert: York Regional Police is hiring for 9 Forensic Identification Assistants. Job details here.

January, 2014

Over the holidays, CTV News aired a clip showcasing the CSI Club at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute, an afterschool program that was designed by a forensic science alumni and current M.Sc. student at UTM, Jessica Lam.

CTV Toronto: School making science cool

November, 2013

UTM's CSI House was featured in the very first "Where We Work" series.

Read more here

June, 2013

40 students from David Leeder Middle School came to UTM for their Discovery Day and helped solved a "crime" on campus. The Forensic Science program hosted activities and demonstrations such as 3D facial reconstruction, grave search and excavation, and crime scene processing.

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June, 2013

Congratulations to our newest alumni!

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April, 2013

FSc Internship students at the 17th Annual Forensic Science Day (click for larger images)

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January, 2013

The CSI House at the University of Toronto Mississauga is featured in Discovery Channel's Canada's Greatest Know-It-All. Dr. Tracy Rogers (Director of the forensic science program), Joel Cahn (PhD candidate), Agata Gapinska (forensic science lab technician), and Jessica Lam (graduate of the forensic science program) were involved in the staging and judging of the candidates.

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November, 2012

Dr. Tracy Rogers, along with University of Toronto Mississauga students, participate in the search for Shirley Treadwell. Many of the volunteers are undergraduate students taking the forensic anthropology field school course.

Search for human remains in Stoney Creek (Video) - CHCH News