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Master's announced, founder honored at media forensic center launch

2/3/2010

AURORA, Colo. - The official launch of the National Center for Media Forensics was in and of itself something to celebrate, but with the announcement of the master’s program, a great day got even better.

“We’re opening a new master’s program in media forensics -- which is audio and video forensics -- next fall,” announced Jeff Smith, interim director of the center. “It is the only master’s level program in audio and video forensics in the country.”

Smith joined more than 40 students and forensic sciences enthusiasts at the National Center for Media Forensics Open House, Jan. 29. The festivities included video conferencing with forensics experts across the globe and a tour of the center’s new state-of-the-art location at 1800 Grant St.

The center features:

  • 20 work station classroom
  • Labs for analysis and software applications
  • Offices and work space with plenty of extra room for the cohort of 15 master’s students next fall
 

The open house also honored Professor Richard Sanders, who died earlier this year. His wife, Ann, and daughter were in attendance. Sanders, a world-renowned forensic expert, received a $709,700 federal grant to establish the center, which draws students from mathematics, physics, engineering, music, computer science and biometrics. The center will work with the FBI, Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Defense.

Students graduating from the program will find careers in research education, research for corporate development, law enforcement as well as private practice.

The program concentrates on the analysis of audio and video that is in question as evidence, recordings that need to be authenticated, determining whether video or audio has been edited, identification of people by their face or voice and increasing the intelligibility of sound, a person’s voice or the images.

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By Catherine Gray Beuten
Integrated University Communications