Loyola University Chicago

Forensic Science Program

Upcoming Seminars

The field of Forensic Science faces continual challenges and responds by developing new investigative techniques. Our Forensic Science Program at Loyola University Chicago strives to meet this rapidly changing environment by educating our students in innovative ways. To this end, we present our Forensic Experts Seminar Series featuring professionals who will present their work on current topics, ranging from DNA and drug analysis to the investigation of digital evidence.

We enthusiastically invite interested students, faculty and staff to join us for these events.

Please contact Dr. James DeFrancesco, jdefrancesco@luc.edu, for additional information.  


Raising a Healthy Teen in an Opioid World:  Opening Eyes

Alison Tobey Smart Memorial Fund Committee Forum:  The Conversation No One Else is Having

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Kenilworth Union Church, 211 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth, IL

One can hardly read a story online, turn on the news or scan the headlines without reading a harrowing tale of a family fighting to help a child with an addition - or the unimaginable - laying one to rest.  The opioid epidemic is not something that only affects "other " families that live far away or those that are "nothing like us".  The horrible reality of this crisis is that it is here in our community and could affect any of us if we do not educate ourseleves to protect our families from the potential risks.

Parents may think:  that could never be my child - he is a good kid, she's a smart student or an athlete with a supportive family and community.  The truth is that a routine wisdom tooth extraction or an injury on the playing field could expose your child to powerful drugs that, while intended to heal, can open the door to a destructive path.

KUC's Alison Tobey Smart Memorial Fund is hosting an important forum that should not be missed.

Raising a Healthy Teen in an Opioid World is meant for students, parents and community members.  The format will be a panel discussion with four experts with unique perspectives addressing the prevalence of opioids; how addiction is affecting families on the North Shore; how law enforcement can inform smart parenting; and what role opioids play in youth sports medicine.  The event is being co-sponsored by Adult Education.

The panel will include:

Jim Davis is a student wellness director at New Trier High School, as well as an athlete, artist, poet, writer and founder of The Good Athlete Project:  https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/good-athlete-project-jim-davis-lbkr/

Marscha Pesavento is a North Shore mom who has lived the nightmare of addiction following her son Joey's sports injury.

Police Chief Brian King has worked in our community for many years and was on the front lines of the law enforement effort and is keenly aware of the opioid epidemic facing our communities.

Jim DeFrancesco is Loyola University's world-renowned expert on opioid access and distribution.  He was featured in last year's Loyola University marketing department profile:  https://www.luc.edu/cas/stories/archive/4-19-17defrancescofentanylabuse.shtml

This informative discussion about raising a healthy teen in a world that treats pain with pain killers is meant for parents and teens.  Our robust panel will discuss this epidemic and how it is impacting families of the North Shore.  Please bring your questions and experiences, and join us for a thought provoking evening with community members and experts.

The Alison Tobey Smart (ATS) Memorial Fund was established in February 1986 by Jackson and Sue Smart, after their daughter, Alison, tragically took her life at the age of 17.

The Memorial Fund seeks to promote the spiritual, educational and emotional well-being of adolescents and their families.  Original programming focused on issues facing some high school students such as substance abuse, self-destructive behaviors and depression.  The goals have grown to include skills that enhance self-worth, decision making, problem solving, service and communication for pre-teens, teens and their families.

Over twenty five years, our programming has included discussions with adolescent and family experts, spiritual leaders, community activists and a partnership with Family Action Network to help co-sponsor programming available to the New Trier Township community and beyond.

Today ATS seeks to continue our mission with adolescents and where appropriate, serve a broader audience including young parents, families and intergenerational groups.