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March 31st, 2009
Criminologist to lecture at Texas State


Criminologist and Texas State Research Professor Kim Rossmo will deliver a lecture on criminal investigative failures on April 7 at 7 p.m.

The lecture, located in the Alkek Library teaching theater, is based on Rossmo’s new book, and will cover problems underlying unsolved investigations and wrongful convictions, tunnel vision and cognitive biases, groupthink and organizational traps, and probability errors in forensic science and criminal profiling.

Rossmo also serves as the director of the Texas State Criminal Justice Department’s Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation. His research focuses on the criminal investigative function, and the geography of crime.

A former detective inspector for the Vancouver Police Department, Rossmo has served as a police officer for more than 20 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and a masters and doctorate from Simon Fraser University. His current research deals with studying the geographic and geological features associated with criminal border crossings, and the spatial patterns of insurgency bombings.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Texas State department of Criminal Justice at (512) 245-2174.

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