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Creighton Forensics Workshop Features Leading Experts

Creighton Forensics Workshop Features Leading Experts

(Editors: To arrange advance interviews with speakers presenting at the forensic workshop, please contact Kathryn Clark at 280-2864 or Joyce Bunger at 280-2029.)

Craig Mallak, chief medical examiner for the U.S. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, will be among those speaking at a Nov. 2-3 forensic workshop sponsored by Creighton University School of Nursing.

The workshop, titled “Suspicious Injury, Death Investigation, and Managing Evidence in Health Care and Other Settings,” is designed for health care professionals, law-enforcement officers, attorneys and advocates.

Mallak, who graduated from Creighton University’s School of Law in 1985 and School of Medicine in 1989, has been involved in many high-profile cases, including the cataloging of mass graves in Iraq from previous war crimes, DNA analysis to identify victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, and the identification of soldiers listed as missing in action in Vietnam.

Most recently, Mallak’s Pentagon team made national headlines when it identified for the first time the remains of a U.S. soldier killed during World War I. The soldier’s remains were buried in September with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, nearly nine decades after Army Pvt. Francis Lupo died.

In addition to Mallak, many other nationally recognized forensic experts will present at the workshop, including keynote speaker Michael R. Napier, a 27-year veteran with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Creighton graduate Mary Sullivan.

Napier is the author or co-author of numerous articles and books on such subjects as obtaining criminal confessions and scientific and investigative techniques in forensic science.

While with the FBI, he was involved in several high-profile cases, including the arrest of serial killer Richard Grissom, who brutally murdered three Kansas women in 1989.

Sullivan, M.S.N., who earned her bachelor of nursing degree from Creighton in 1983, has been a clinical forensic nurse since 1994. She is pioneering a national forensic initiative for the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, teaches and consults nationally and internationally.

Among the topics to be covered during the workshop:

• Forensic-science techniques and collaborative interagency work for successful criminal investigation

• Characteristics of behavioral patterns of violent offenders, including serial killers

• Potential forensic implications in any patient-care settings

• Strategic and practical applications of clinical forensic science for health care personnel working in hospital environments

• Procedures for collecting, safeguarding and transmitting forensic evidence for quality control and legal proceedings

The two-day event will be held at the Forté Banquet and Conference Center, 1502 Cuming St. The cost is $200 and includes lunch.

For information or to register, call (800) 548-2633 or (402) 280-1830.

Continuing education credits will be available for physicians, physician assistants, nurses and pharmacists.

Posted: 10/24/06