Friday, February 15, 2008


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.
pages 81–89

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.

Happy Friday!


Anonymous said...

Wow, Andrea, I've always been proud of you and known you were a very special person, but this takes pride to a new level! Congratulations! You are using your brain and your heart to make the world a better place and it just brings tears to my eyes.

I love you so much, Mom

Anonymous said...

As they say in my country, MAZEL TOV!!!!!!!!!
Love post for my lovie.

Vanessa said...

Andrea, you are an incredibly smart woman. You have so much to be proud of.

I love the Hearts of Hope article.

Anne Marie said...

I love it! We are so proud of you, Andrea!

Molly said...

Congratulations Andrea! That's a huge accomplishment. All that hard work paid off!

Isabelle's Mommy said...

That's awesome Andrea! You rock! I read the one on the Bee!

Armbruster Asylum said...

Congratulations, Andrea!! That is an awesome accomplishment!!

I missed you at Anna's baby shower a few weeks ago ... was hoping I'd see you there! :)

Have a great weekend.