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The Road Less Traveled: An Unconventional Career Pathway from Solid State Chemistry to Forensic Science (Speaker: Dr. Jasmine Millican Drake, Texas Southern University; Host: Dr. Julia Chan)

Friday, September 24, 2021 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Virtual Event

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be holding seminar series every Friday between 3:30pm-4.30pm starting on Sep 3rd (second week of the semester). The seminars will be presented either virtually via BbCollaborate or in person (Room SCI 1.210).

The speaker is Dr. Jasmine Millican Drake from Texas Southern University. This seminar will be delivered in virtual and hosted by Dr. Julia Chan. The link can be provided upon request (please contact Dr. Gabriele Meloni at  

Title: The Road Less Traveled: An Unconventional Career Pathway from Solid State Chemistry to Forensic Science

Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Drake will describe her unconventional professional journey from the world of “all things” materials science and solid-state chemistry to becoming a forensic science practitioner. Despite making such a quantum leap professionally, she will discuss how her knowledge and skills in solid state chemistry has informed her work and research in forensic science. She will also highlight her previous work and research experiences at the NIST Center for Neutron Research and as a forensic chemist at the Drug Enforcement Administration. She will discuss her current work and research projects, which focus on controlled substance characterization and analysis techniques, implications of drug policies, judicial and legal training and criminal justice reform issues. 

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Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 10 business days prior to the event.

Event Type

Lectures & Workshops

Target Audience

Graduate Students





Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Contact Information
Dr. Gabriele Meloni
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