In September 2002 I began a masters program in Forensic Science at UC Davis, expecting to graduate in spring 2004. Well, Drew was born in February of that year and I had more important things on my mind than finishing the program. I had completed all of my coursework by the spring, but still had the business of finishing my research and writing my thesis to attend to. It is only through the encouragement and gentle reminders of my advisor that I ever finished it. In December 2006 I finally graduated from the program. And last month an article based on my thesis was published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, with my name as the lead author. If you feel so inclined you can read it here.
Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume 53, Issue 1, January 2008
Forensic Utility of the Mitochondrial Hypervariable Region 1 of Domestic Dogs, in Conjunction with Breed and Geographic Information*
Andrea L. Himmelberger, M.S.; Theresa F. Spear, M.A.; Jessica A. Satkoski, Ph.D.; Debra A. George, M.A.; Wendy T. Garnica, B.S.; Venkat S. Malladi, B.S.; David G. Smith, Ph.D.; Kristen M. Webb, B.S.; Marc W. Allard, Ph.D.; and Sreetharan Kanthaswamy Ph.D.
There was also an article in the Sacramento Bee today about our parent support group Hearts of Hope. If you read all the way to the end there are a few lines from my interview. You can read that here.