Criminal Justice Conference features forensic entomology, emergency medicine experts

UNK Communications

KEARNEY – The 27th Criminal Justice Conference and Career Fair at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is Monday.

Tim Huntington
Tim Huntington

The conference features speakers Tim Huntington, associate professor of biology and criminal justice at Concordia University and a board certified forensic entomologist, and Dr. David McArdle, board certified emergency medicine physician in Colorado Springs.

The conference and career fair is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Huntington earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where his research focused on the ecology and physiology of forensically important blow flies. His current research focuses on the use of insects for the estimation of postmortem intervals.

Huntington also serves as a reserve deputy sheriff for the Seward County Sheriff’s Office. As a forensic entomology consultant, Huntington has consulted on more than 100 death investigations spanning 14 states and four countries for various state, local and federal law enforcement agencies.

David McArdle
David McArdle

McArdle’s 35-year medical career has provided him extensive training in trauma management, including training at the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit, the first trauma center in the nation.

He has extensive pre-hospital care experience as both an ambulance attendant and flight medic. In 1993, he was the medical advisor for the Aurora Colorado Fire Department and has trained Aurora police officers in the academy as well as part of a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Gangs class.

In 1993, he was a consultant for the inception of the Colorado Springs Fire Department Tactical Medical Team.

McArdle is a Peace Officer Standards Training Council certified peace officer. He has worked for the Denver Police as a reserve officer in northeast Denver since 1995. In 2008, he was awarded the department’s Distinguished Service Cross for apprehending four of five juveniles simulating an armed car-jacking while he was off duty.

The Criminal Justice Conference takes place along with the Criminal Justice Department’s annual Criminal Justice Career Fair. The career fair provides students with the opportunity to meet with representatives from dozens of justice agencies at the federal, state and local level, in Nebraska and across the Midwest.

The Criminal Justice Conference and Career Fair attracts over 400 students and justice practitioners each year.

Criminal Justice Conference, Career Fair Schedule

Monday, Oct. 5

8 to 9 a.m. – Conference Registration and Career Fair
9 to 9:15 a.m. – Conference Welcome
9:15 to 10:30 a.m. – Dr. Tim Huntington, “Corpus Delicti: Death, Crime, and Entomology: Part I”
10:30 to 11 a.m. – Career Fair and Break
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Dr. Tim Huntington, “Corpus Delicti: Death, Crime, and Entomology: Part II”
12 to 12:30 p.m. – Career Fair and Break
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch
1:30 to 2:45 p.m. – Dr. David McArdle, “Emergency Medicine as it relates to Law Enforcement”
2:45 to 3 p.m. – Closing


Source: Julie Campbell, 308.865.8566,
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529,

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