(Posted August 8, 2000)

A topic guaranteed to attract the "amateur detectives," Dr. Lizabeth Wiinamaki, assistant professor of criminal justice and social work at Juniata College, will present "Blood and Guts: Forensic Science in Criminal Investigation" at 4:30 p.m., Sept. 13 in Good Hall 202. With an interest herself in detective and criminal investigations, Wiinamaki will be discussing the information that people can find and research if they are interested in such topics, like movies, books, and websites.

As a child, shows such as The Avengers, Perry Mason, and Dragnet originally sparked Wiinamaki?s interest in the detective field. Wiinamaki studied at the University of Wisconsin-Menomonie where she earned her bachelor?s degree in early childhood education. She continued her studies at the University of Oklahoma-Norman where she received her Master in Social Work, and then obtained her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. For ten years, Wiinamaki was a state social worker with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in Tulsa County. Wiinamaki also has numerous research interests including victim and offender issues, criminal and juvenile justice intervention, incest and sexual abuse intervention, and resilience in trauma survivors.

This presentation kicks off the Bookend Seminar series for the 2000-2001 academic year. The Bookend Seminar Series provides a forum for the Juniata faculty and administration to address topics of interest to members of the Juniata campus and local communities. The next presentation will be October 11 at the same time and place.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.