April 21, 2018 Meeting

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018.  We look forward to having you join us!

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Jessica Kapp, PhD
Associate Dept. Head, Senior Lecturer
Department of Geosciences
University of Arizona

Jessica Kapp, PhD, Associate Dept. Head, Senior Lecturer 

Using Geological Clues to Construct Stories of the Earth

Can Geological Clues Help Solve Crimes?


Dr Kapp will focus on the tools and techniques used by scientists/geologists to piece together what happened on Earth millions-billions of years ago, and finding hidden information. She will discuss science and geology as clue hunting, and how we construct a geologic history using the clues the rock record gives us, and clues in unlikely places. She will give examples from her own work and work that is ongoing at the UA. Dr Kapp will discuss some of the fascinating techniques used to extract data from geologic materials and will demonstrate how it fits with crime.



Kate Steele, Tucson Sisters in Crime member and author

“How to Find Out (Just About) Anything”


Learning to think like a detective/researcher is the first step to discovering what you want to know. I will cover how to use Google as the first step in a search, how to access free government resources/databases including police and jail records, how to find online resources that search engines are unable to sort through for you, and how to find subject matter experts. I will discuss where to find special collections, where to locate and mine association data to give your writing fresh and compelling detail. There will be a detailed handout, listing public and private websites, reference portals, the steps in advanced searches, and how to access most company and business records.