Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University in partnership with the Kansas Bureau of Investigations (KBI) has an event planned Sept. 20 on the Washburn University campus to celebrate National Forensic Science Week.

            “National Forensic Science Week is a fun way for all the forensic science disciplines at Washburn University to highlight our programs and give students an opportunity to explore areas they might be interested in,” said Kimberly Gerhardt-Whiddon, lecturer for criminal justice, Washburn University. “Forensic science encompasses anthropology, biology, chemistry, computer science and forensic investigation. These are diverse and distinct areas that all have one thing in common – they use advanced knowledge and tools to ensure justice is served.”

National Forensic Science Week is organized and promoted by the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO), an association of forensic science professional organizations. The mission of the CFSO is to speak with a single forensic science voice in matters of mutual interest to its member organizations, to influence public policy at the national level and to make a compelling case for greater federal funding for public crime laboratories and medical examiner offices. National Forensic Science Week always falls on the third full week of September.

Forensic Science Week Event

Wednesday, Sept. 20

9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Kansas Room in the Memorial Union

Panel discussion with KBI scientists and other experts hosted by Washburn University. These professionals will be present to answer any questions about employment, disciplines, internship opportunities, etc. from students.

- James Taber, KBI, trace evidence
- Jay Wessel, KBI, latent rints
- Jessica Voegeli, KBI, firearms
- Fletcher Turner, Shawnee County Medical Examiner’s Office, death investigator
- Rebecca Vincent, crime scene investigator with Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab
- Holly Cass, forensic supervisor with the Jackson County (Mo.) Medical Examiner’s Office 

All Week

Students can stop by the chemistry department in Stoffer Hall, room 312, every day for a surprise forensic treat.

      “One of the many advantages of studying forensic science at Washburn University is our campus is home to the KBI forensic science lab,” said Dr. Laura Stephenson, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs for Washburn University. “This affords our students many opportunities, from events like this, to studying in state-of-the-art, interactive classrooms and laboratory spaces inside the KBI building. Our close relationship with the KBI also provides internship and employment opportunities.”

      The KBI forensic science lab opened on the Washburn University campus in November of 2015, housing the crime lab on one side of the building and Washburn University classrooms and labs on the other.


For further information, contact:
Joy Bailes
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Telephone: (785) 670-2153
Cell: (785) 230-1648
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