Collins Professor To Lecture On Forensic Science April 30

April 28, 2004

by Julie Campbell Carlson

Dr. Susan Wallace, winner of the 2004 Collins Outstanding Professor Award and director of the forensic science program at Baylor University, will deliver a public lecture at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, in room 120 Morrison Hall. Wallace, who also serves as associate professor of anthropology, will speak on "What It Really Means to be A Forensic Scientist." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Wallace earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Texas. She has consulted for numerous law enforcement agencies, including the Texas Rangers and FBI, on the recovery and identification of human remains. She received a master's certificate in death investigation at St. Louis Medical School and studied forensic photography at the Dade County Medical Examiner Department and is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Science and a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners.

Her research has been published in "Journal of Forensic Science." She has lectured at the Canada Association of Physical Anthropologists, the American Academy of Forensic Science and at a seminar for Texas Rangers. In 1999, she received a certificate of honor from then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush for her work in forensic anthropology and the aid she has provided in crime investigations.

The undergraduate program in forensic science was formed in 1999 and is one of the university's most popular majors and has drawn much attention nationwide. There are 300 declared majors making this one of the larger programs on Baylor's campus. Subjects taught include all the premedical requirements, as well as forensic entomology, forensic anthropology, forensic archaeology, psychological profiling, hostage negotiation, crime scene investigation, criminology, death scene investigation, forensic photography, medicolegal investigation, and forensic pathology. Students also must complete nine semester hours of internship.

For more information, contact Wallace at 710-7264.

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