NFSTC has become an integral part of the Tampa Bay area and reaches out through a variety of events to engage the community in our mission and provide fact-based forensic science education to students and the general public.
Local Professional Associations—NFSTC sponsors the Tampa Bay chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association and is home to founding members of the Greater Tampa Bay Chapter of Women In Defense (WID). NFSTC regularly opens our facility to these and other organizations from the local community for events and meetings.
In 2016, NFSTC joined the Global SOF Foundation as a corporate partner. The foundation joins together companies that serve the Special Operations Forces to address global security challenges facing today’s modern warfighter.
Biometrics and Forensic Internship for ROTC Cadets—Since 2009, NFSTC has provided two weeks of basic forensic science training to a cadre of ROTC cadets at no charge to the participants or their units. Students participate in classes, labs and practical exercises to gain first-hand knowledge and experience about the capabilities and assets currently being employed by United States military around the world.
CSI Night—CSI Night 2015 brought together business and technology leaders, law enforcement and military personnel from around Tampa Bay for a behind-the-scenes look at technology advancements impacting today’s forensic science industry.
Community Outreach Events
St. Petersburg Science Festival—NFSTC has participated in the festival since 2013 with hands-on activities for kids and adults. Visitors to NFSTC’s booth learned about fingerprint science, chromatography and capillary action, and how different spectra of light reveals hidden fingerprints on objects.
National Forensic Science Week
NFSTC is a major supporter in the National Forensic Science Week (NFSW), an awareness campaign to educate communities about their local forensic services now in its third year. The event celebrates the great work forensic scientists do for public safety.
STEM Student Tours—Since 2010, NFSTC has hosted Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students from local high schools for hands-on tours of our forensic science training facility. Students are invited to tour NFSTC’s facility and participate in hands-on activities from various forensic disciplines. NFSTC hosts these tours each summer as part of the Pinellas County STEM TEC Summer Career Institute.
Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC’s Executive Director, serves on the board of the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Initiative of the State of Florida. The PSM degree is equivalent to the MBA; it is designed to provide science graduates with the management skills to successfully manage public crime laboratory operations of any size.
NFSTC in the Media
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