Linking DNA and Forensic Anthropology

Dr. Sheree Hughes-Stamm works with bone fragments from the wreck of the HMS Pandora.
Dr. Sheree Hughes-Stamm works with bone fragments from the wreck of the HMS Pandora.

Dr. Sheree Hughes-Stamm analyzed teeth and small bone fragments from three victims of the 1791 shipwreck of the HMS Pandora, which was on a mission to retrieve mutineers from Captain William Bligh’s HMS Bounty when it sank off the coast of Australia. Using DNA-typing, she discovered that a bone from one victim had been mislabeled in a museum display when it actually belonged to another.

New Study Identifies Similarities, Differences Between Stalking and Cyberstalking


Victims of cyberstalking take more self-protective measures, pay higher out-of-pocket costs to combat the problem and experience greater fear over time than traditional stalking victims, said Dr. Matt Nobles of Sam Houston State University.

CMIT Hits the Road with Certification Courses


The Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) is teaming up with the Texas Jail Association to deliver advanced certification classes to detention officers who want to progress in their careers at sites across the state.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Meeting

logo for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Thu, Jan 31, 2013
ABI, Room 202
5 to 6 p.m.

Join the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners every Thursday for their weekly meetings. Open to anyone with majors in Accounting/Finance, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Digital Forensics, MIS or Security Studies.

National Association of Black in Criminal Justice Meeting

Logo for the National Association of Black in Criminal Justice.

Wed Jan 30, 2013
5:00 P.M.
Lowman Student Center
Room 315

The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice is a multi-ethnic, nonpartison, non-profit association of criminal justice professionals and community leaders dedicated to improving the administration of justice.

Alpha Phi Sigma Meeting

Alpha Phi Sigma logo

Wed, Jan 30, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Criminal Justice Center, CJava Cafe

Come join Alpha Phi Sigma, the CJ National Honor Society, at its first meeting of the Spring Semester. A scavenger hunt is planned to help current and prospective members get to know one another.

Crime Victim Services Alliance Meeting

Crime Victims' Service Alliance logo

Wed, Jan 30, 2013
5 p.m.
Lowman Student Center
Room 308

The Crime Victim Services Alliance is committed to advancing knowledge and awareness of victim services as a movement and as a profession among students interested in the criminal justice system, crime victim rights and crime victim services.

Society of Forensic Science Meeting

Society of Forensic Science logo

Tue, Jan 29, 2013
5:30 PM
Chemistry and Forensic Science Building
Room 103

The Society of Forensic Science will host Dr. Sheree Hughes-Stamm, a Forensic
Biologist with interest in forensic anthropology and the DNA typing of degraded samples and skeletal material.

Sam Houston State Tests Prison Education Programs

The Windham School District provides education programs for inmates in state prisons.
The Windham School District provides education programs for inmates in state prisons.

More than 63,000 offenders in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice participated in educational programs offered by the Windham School District during the 2011-2012 fiscal year, which have been found to decrease recidivism rates, increase employment opportunities, and result in higher wages and higher levels of educational achievement among participants, a study at Sam Houston State University found.

STAFS Trains Historical Commission Stewards on Bone Identification

Archeological Stewards from the Texas Historical Commission received hands on instruction in identifying bones found at archeological sites.
Archeological Stewards from the Texas Historical Commission received hands on instruction in identifying bones found at archeological sites.

The Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility recently trained archeological stewards from the Texas Historical Commission on how to recognize and identify key features of human skeletons they may encounter at archeological sites.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Meeting

logo for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Thu, Jan 24, 2013
ABI, Room 202
5 to 6 p.m.

Join the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners every Thursday for their weekly meetings. Open to anyone with majors in Accounting/Finance, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Digital Forensics, MIS or Security Studies.



Alpha Phi Sigma Meeting

Alpha Phi Sigma logo

Wed, Apr 24, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Criminal Justice Center, CJava Cafe

Come join Alpha Phi Sigma, the CJ National Honor Society, at its biweekly meeting.

Lambda Alpha Epsilon Informational Meetings

Lambda Alpha Epsilon logo

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 - Fri, Jan 25, 2013
5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Criminal Justice Center, CJava Cafe

The American Criminal Justice Association, a national organization of criminal justice students, academics, and professionals with membership in over three quarters of the states in the nation, will hold meetings this week for those interested in joining the organization.

CJ College Offers Study Abroad in China and UK

SHSU Students pose with police cadets from Zhejiang Police College.
SHSU students pose with police cadets from Zhejiang Police College.

The College of Criminal Justice will offer two Study Abroad opportunities this summer in China and Scotland/England.

The trips are specifically designed for criminal justice students, who will get an opportunity to visit and learn about the criminal justice systems in each country. In addition to providing three hours of college credit, the experience also allows students to be immersed in the culture of each destination and visit famous landmarks.

Correctional Officials Prepare for Crisis

Correctional leaders from across the country confer during a simulation involving Texas prison during a hurricane.
Correctional leaders from across the country confer during a simulation involving Texas prison during a hurricane.

Correctional officials from across the country gathered at the Correctional Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University to learn incident command and emergency preparedness skills to deal with crises ranging from daily issues to large scale disasters in their institutions.

Texas Police Chiefs Identify Agendas for Training


Police Chiefs from across the state gathered at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas to develop a training program for their colleagues over the next two years.

SHSU Adds Forensic Anthropology Minor

Illustration of skeleton sitting on rock picking at his foot.

With interest peaked by television shows like “CSI” and “Bones” and unique opportunities available at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility, Sam Houston State University added a new minor in forensic anthropology.

SHSU Shares National Award as Part of Houston Police Department Task Force


The College of Criminal Justice and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Sam Houston State University were part of a Houston Police Task Force that received a national award, the Chief David Cameron Award for Excellence in Environmental Crime Enforcement and Education from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, for its work on an environmental case in Houston.

The Task Force also received the Chief of Police Commendation from Houston Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr.

From left to right are: Dr. Jack Hill, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; David Hoffpauir, College of Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas; and Sergeant Michael Walsh, Environmental Investigations Unit, Major Offenders Division, Houston Police Department.

Police Careers Begin with Academy

Ten new police recruits, including for SHSU graduates, participate in rifle shooting and the FBI/Conroe Police Department Firearms Training Facility.
Ten new police recruits, including four SHSU graduates, shoot rifles at the FBI/Conroe Police Department Firearms Training Facility.

Four recent College of Criminal Justice graduates found law enforcement jobs just 30 miles down Interstate 45 at the Conroe Police Department, joining a suburban police force that is one-third Bearkat.

STAFS Offers Trainings for High School Teachers

Teachers experiment with bloodstain transfer from hands and weapons.Jan. 24-25
Beto Criminal Justice Center

The Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility is offering two workshops on blood spatter and thread pattern evidence for high school teachers in forensic science and criminal justice.

The Blood Spatter Training will discuss how blood stain pattern and analysis are used in forensic science. It includes hands-on experiences that can be applied in a classroom setting, such as calculating impact angle to determine the blood's point of origin. The cost of the class is $250 if paid by Jan. 15.

Two teachers practice casting a footprint.The Tread Patterns Training will help teachers learn how to recognize, document and recover tread pattern evidence. It also will provide hands-on experiences, which can be used in the classroom. The cost of the class is $250 if paid by Jan. 15.

Class sizes are limited to 16. Although the classes will be held simultaneously, they can't be taken together.

For course information, please contact Dr. Joan Bytheway at (936) 294-4814 or at bytheway@shsu.edu. For administrative questions, contact Tammy Winkler at (936) 294-1674 or at icc_tlw@shsu.edu.

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