Special to The Sun
The University of Central Oklahoma’s W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute recently joined seven other nationally acclaimed forensic science institutions to form the Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation Consortium (FCSIC).
The FCSIC was established to help support a fully integrated national forensic and crime scene investigation system by developing and delivering new courses, enhancing current undergraduate and graduate programs and expanding research projects in their core competencies. Consortium members were carefully selected for their broad array of competencies, extensive infrastructure and subject matter expertise.
“There is a Japanese proverb that states ‘none of us is as smart as all of us.’ This consortium brings together some of the finest talent in forensic science in the nation,” said Dwight Adams, director of UCO’s Forensic Science Institute and former director of the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va.
“Together, we can move forensic science by developing and delivering new courses, enhancing current educational programs, and expanding research projects in areas beyond the expertise resident at UCO,” Adams continued.
The training, education and research of the FCSIC will fulfill a dire need for nationwide mandatory training requirements, a career-spanning, standards-based training curriculum, a priority research environment and a fully integrated forensic and crime scene investigations system in the U.S. Additionally, state and local agencies will have the opportunity to train their employees at no additional cost through the courses delivered by the FCSIC.
Current areas of focus among the FCSIC include crime scene investigations in hazardous environments, medical investigation, facial reconstruction, forensic art, digital forensics, property and evidence management, latent print technologies, crime scene documentation, courtroom testimony, underwater forensics, trace evidence, curriculum development and instructor training.
“In time, the consortium will allow students in all member organizations to benefit from the training and educational opportunities provided by each member. By being a founding member of the consortium, UCO forensic science students will have a broader range of training opportunities than is currently available,” Adams said.
In additional to UCO, founding members of the consortium include Louisiana State University, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, Sam Houston State University, Charleston Southern University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Chaminade University and The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky.
FOR MORE information about the W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute, visit www.uco.edu/forensics.