The Art & Science of Investigation
Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)
BRAZOS WRITERS PRESENTS THE ART AND SCIENCE OF INVESTIGATION
A Full Day Workshop with Four Forensic Specialists
Brazos Writers, a local writing organization, is pleased to present a full day forensic workshop of special interest to suspense, mystery, romance and literary authors. The slated speakers include two Texas Rangers’ forensic artists, a forensic entomologist, and a forensic psychologist. The event will feature four sessions – three lectures and a Q&A faculty panel with an emphasis on “what writers screw-up most” in their works.
The distinguished faculty:
Jorge Molina -- a Texas Rangers’ evidential artist who has assisted with dozens of cases throughout Texas. He also served in as the forensic artist for the Miami-Dade Police Department for 10 years and has specialized training in 2-D, 3-D, and computerized forensic imaging techniques.
Suzanne Lowe -- a Texas Rangers’ evidential artist with over 700 hours of specific forensic art and post mortem training, who develops composite drawing for current crime. Lowe is bilingual in English and Spanish which helps in the interview process to create composite drawings. She also works with the Texas DPS Department of Public safety to help identify nameless suspects or victims.
Dr. Jeffery K. Tomberlin – a forensic entomologist who has examined insect evidence at investigations throughout the southern United States. He’s teaches forensic entomology at Texas A&M and oversees FLIES (the Forensic Laboratory for Investigative Entomological Science). His research interest is in understanding the biology of insects that colonize human remains in order to assist law enforcement personnel in estimating the time of colonization of a corpse in order to provide a minimum postmortem interval.
Steven Smith is a cognitive psychologist and a professor at Texas A&M with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin who specializes in memory and eye witness testimony. His current research includes study of video context-dependent memory, blocked and recovered memories of emotional events, and the implicit memory of emotion.
This event will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2011. Registration opens at 8:30 AM. The event is from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive
Bryan, TX 77802. Fees are as follows: $40 for Brazos Writers members and non-members (includes a 4 month trial membership to Brazos Writers.) Lunch is provided.