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Friday Fusion

  • 7venth Sun Brewery Tampa 6809 North Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL, 33604 United States (map)

Friday’s Fusion

Have you ever wanted to learn how modern forensics can help study past civilizations, understand the psychology of a criminal, or take a 3D tour of Mars!?!? If so you need to come out to 7venth Sun Brewery Tampa for a funky Friday night taste of science! We will be joined by Dr. Bryanna Fox, former FBI Special Agent and current Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida, Dr. Antonio Paris, a NASA trained Planetary Scientist and former astrophysics professor, and Liotta Dowdy, PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. Our distinguished speakers will take us on a tour of past, present, and maybe even future societies and the techniques and psychology they use in their research!

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Dr. Antonio Paris

Mars: Your Personal Journey to the Red Planet

Have you ever wanted to visit Mars? Welcome to Mars 3D - Your Personal Journey to the Red Planet. This 3D experience will introduce you to the geology of Mars and the groundbreaking achievements in the exploration of the Red Planet. Audience will wear 3D glasses and touch real meteorites from Mars! 

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 Bryanna Fox

Dr. Bryanna Fox

The science behind offender profiling and criminal psychology

Dr. Fox is a USF Professor specializing in criminal psychology and policing, and former FBI Special Agent.


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Liotta Dowdy

Isotope analysis to help reconstruct past diet and migration patterns for past populations or individuals

The purpose of this talk is to introduce the utility of chemical isotope analysis in forensics or looking at past human populations. What is isotope analysis? How it is useful in forensics? 

In my current dissertation research, I am looking at modern populations and their enamel to determine the quantity of chemical isotopes and trace elements in the teeth from different regions of Florida or out of the state; and to examine the regional variation of the quantities of these elements. Therefore, we pursue to create a geographic map (isoscape) of the elemental isotopes ratios and/or values in teeth that will be useful in the identification process of the missing and unidentified people in the U.S.A.