We published the results of an experiment in the journal Psychological Science where we compare the fingerprint matching performance of experts and novices. More details of the experiment are available here. Tangen, J. M., Thompson, M. B., & McCarthy D. J. (2011). Identifying Fingerprint Expertise. Psychological Science, 22(8) 995–997. doi:10.1177/0956797611414729. [Press Release] [Blog Post] [PDF] Click for more.
I’ve been awarded the 2011 Queensland Fulbright Scholarship. I’ll spend a year researching at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to determine how accurate fingerprint experts are, explore the psychology that affects how well they match fingerprints, and maximise the reliability of fingerprint evidence in the criminal justice system. The 2011 Fulbright Scholars were presented with their awards at the Adelaide Festival Centre on 10th March 2011.
I travelled to Sydney for The 20th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences and took out the Best Poster Presentation Award in the Management and Quality Assurance Discipline, along with my colleagues Jason Tangen and Sgt. Duncan McCarthy. Click for more.
As part of the brief to share my passion for science with young people as an ATSE Young Science Ambassador, I travelled to UQ’s Research Centre on Heron Island. I spent a week teaching and giving talks about fingerprints, tricks of the mind, and careers in science. Click for more.
I was invited to speak at the University of California, Irvine—by Associate Professor Simon Cole—and the University of Lethbridge in Canada—by Professor John Vokey. I was then treated to dinner by Professor Elizabeth Loftus. Beth is best known for her pioneering work on the misinformation effect and the implications for eyewitness testimony. Loftus sits half way down a list of the 100 most influential researchers in psychology of the 20th century (just below Posner and Broadbent). Click for more.
The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has selected me as a Young Science Ambassador. Selected on personal qualities and scholarly excellence, Ambassadors engage in a number of science promotion activities such as visiting and giving lectures to schools, meeting parliamentarians and addressing Academy Fellows. These awards aim to encourage talented young scientists and engineers who are currently engaged in research and development to promote science and science education.
The Queensland Government have awarded me a Smart Futures PhD Scholarship to study the psychology behind fingerprint identification with Dr Jason Tangen [UQ Media Release]. The scholarship is part of the Queensland Government’s Innovation Skills Fund and provides $22,500 funding for outstanding PhD students to undertake innovative research in Queensland [Ministerial Media Release]. Click for more.