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Dr. Tara Opsal
Dr. Tara Opsal

Dr. Tara Opsal speaks at TED x CSU

Dr. Tara Opsal was one of four invited speakers at TED x CSU in Spring, 2014. The student-led university event focused on creating social change. Dr. Opsal talked about the current state of U.S. prisons and corrections focusing on ways to more successfully integrate individuals who have served prison sentences back in our communities.


NSF Group
Adam Mayer, NSF Group

Adam Mayer selected to attend a National Science Foundation seminar

PhD Student Adam Mayer was selected (and funded) to attend an National Science Foundation (NSF) 2014 summer seminar under the direction of Professor David Hess at Vanderbilt University on the intersections of Science, Technology, Society (STS) and Environmental Sociology and Policy. Adam is one of 15 students nation-wide chosen for this special opportunity. Other students selected came from universities such as Brown, University of Colorado, Portland State, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, SUNY, University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, and the University of Tennessee.


Dr. Unnithan elected as Secretary of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)

Dr. Prabha Unnithan, Director of CSCJ, was elected in 2013 to a three-year term as Secretary of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), an international association founded in 1963 "to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice." ACJS has approximately 2,800 members, including researchers, educators and practitioners from every state of the US, and from other countries.


Critics Meeting
Dr. Arvind Verma (Indiana University), a chapter contributor, at the Authors meet Critics Session of the American Society of Criminology 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, devoted to the book, Crime and Justice in India (2013; Sage Publications) edited by Dr. Prabha Unnithan.

Crime and Justice in India discussed at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology

Crime and Justice in India (2013; Sage Publications), a new and comprehensive book on the topic edited by Dr. Prabha Unnithan, was the subject of an Authors Meet Critics session at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology in November 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to presentations by 12 authors who contributed chapters to the book, the session also featured critical reviews by Dr. Phil Reichel (University of Northern Colorado), Dr. Jay Albanese (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Dr. Sami Ansari (Salem State College) followed by a lively discussion among the approximately 30 attendees.


Dr. Shelley speaks at NADDI Conference

Dr. Tara Shelley was an invited speaker at the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on November 15, 2012. She spoke on Pharmacy Crime: The Offender Perspective.


Dr. Shelley speaks at Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement Conference

Dr. Tara Shelley was an invited speaker and moderator at the Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado on September 26, 2012. She spoke and moderated a panel on Sculpting Your Career with the Use of Career Stepping Stones.


Environmental Crime
L to R: Dr. Paul Stretesky, Dr. Mike Long, Dr. Mike Hogan, Dr. Tara Shelley.

CSU CSCJ Researchers Participate in Environmental Criminology Conference in The Netherlands

CSU Sociology professors and members of the Department's Center for the Study of Crime and Justice (CSCJ), Tara Shelley and Mike Hogan were among 77 scholars from around the world participating in the inaugural "Environmental Crime and its Victims" conference in Delft, The Netherlands on September 17 and 18, 2012. They were joined by former CSU Sociology professor Paul Stretesky and former graduate student Mike Long (PhD, 2010). Dr. Shelley gave a presentation on wildlife law enforcement in Florida and Drs. Long and Stretesky presented on the deterrent effects of EPA fines on industrial pollution. The overall goal of the conference -which organizers hope to make an annual event-was to call greater attention to the relevance of environmental issues to the discipline of criminology.


Dr. Unnithan in Malaysia

Dr. Prabha Unnithan, Director of CSCJ, was an invited speaker at the First International Conference on Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in Kampar, Malaysia. The Conference was attended by 150 participants from seven countries. He chaired two panels and presented a workshop on publishing in social science journals.

Dr. Prabha Unnithan
Dr. Prabha Unnithan