Forensic Institute for Research and Education



2015 Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Safeguarding Identities and Emerging Threats

The 2015 Cyber Summit will be held in the MTSU Student Union Ballroom on May 5 and will address identity theft prevention, causes, and deterrents with scheduled presentations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Presidio, LBMC, Stroz Friedberg, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. .7 CEUs and 7 CPEs will be available as well ($10 processing fee to MTSU). Register here. This event is free and open to the public.

Thank you to our sponsors Presidio, LBMC, Stroz Friedberg, and Vaco Risk Solutions.


Forensic Skeletal Recovery

May 11-15, 2015

Eagleville, TN

Normal tuition fees for MTSU students as credit, $600 for all others

This weeklong hands-on course in skeletal recovery is open to both students for credit and to the general public. Participants will use technology to recover human remains, determine basic time since death, and utilize local resources needed in recovery. This unique course is offered with two tracks: for MTSU students and the general public. CEUs are available, POST certification is pending. Register here.


MTSU students should register for this course just as you would for an MTSU course (Topics in Anthropology, ANTH 3710). This course will count towards a Forensic Anthropology minor (click here for more information).


Blood Pattern Analysis

July 13-17


This on site course with one of the nation's leading experts in blood pattern analysis, Paulette Sutton, MS, MT (ASCP), CLS, will be held at MTSU on July 13-17. Co-author of the book Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Ms. Sutton retired from the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office and the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 2006. At retirement, she was the Director of Investigations and the Assistant Director of Forensic Services for the Division of Forensic Pathology. 

Since retirement, she has continued to teach Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and to consult with investigators, attorneys and pathologists from numerous states, as well as the federal government. She has been qualified as an expert in the fields of forensic serology, bloodstain pattern analysis, and crime scene reconstruction in a number of states and federal courts. 

She was a member of the Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (SWGSTAIN) and is a member of the Forensic Science Editorial Review board for CRC Press. Honors include the position of Distinguished Member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts Association, Lecturer of Merit Award and Distinguished Faculty Award from the National College of District Attorney, and the Outstanding Service Award from the FBI.

The course is open to all those interested in blood pattern analysis such as educators, forensic science students, crime scene investigators, and law enforcement. This course is POST approved for 40 hours; space is limited. This course will meet the class requirement for an IAI BPA certification (pending approval). Register here.

Mental Health

Mental Health Requirement: POST approved for 1 hour

FIRE is offering a new online training course in the area of mental health. The course meets the new POST Commission mental health requirement and has been approved for one hour of POST certification. Created by Kim Parker, MSSW, the course makes officers aware of mental health issues, which they may encounter on the job. The cost of the one hour course is only $25 and may be accessed and completed at any time. Click here to register.
Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the course. The course is to be used only for the registered participant. If you have any questions, please email or 615-494-7971.

Onground course



Onground course


 Onground course


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