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Gina Londino-Smolar

Mrs. Londino-Smolar is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology teaching a variety of courses in forensic science, including introductory courses in forensic science and forensic microscopy with laboratory a component both at the undergraduate and graduate level.   Since 2006, Gina has grown the forensic science program from four courses into ten courses and had direct experience with FEPAC and the accreditation process of the forensic and investigative sciences program.  Gina also has been involved with the development of new forensic science teaching laboratories and the design of the space.  Throughout her time at IUPUI, she has developed multiple courses in forensic science; along with the development of courses taught online to reach out to other student populations.  She has also written laboratory manuals for both lower and advanced levels of forensic science, microscopy, and chemistry in which new methods and procedures for analysis of evidence for the laboratory experience have been developed.  Gina is also the internship coordinator for the Forensic and Investigative Sciences program and has lead undergraduate students in capstone research projects.  She also manages graduate student assignments as teaching assistants and also supports adjunct hires in the forensic and investigative sciences program with familiarizing themselves with IUPUI procedures and facilitates their needs for teaching.  Gina is heavy involved in distance education at IUPUI and with academic integrity initiatives.   She is currently a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and the Chair of the General Section Program committee and a member of the Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE) and the COFSE’s Treasurer.

Education

  • B.S., Chemistry, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (2004)
  • M.S., Analytical Chemistry, Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN (2006), Thesis Advisor: Jay A. Siegel, Analysis of pigmented inks using pyrolysis gas chromatography mass spectrometry.  

Courses Taught / Teaching

Current Courses Taught:

  • SCI I-120 - Windows on Science
  • FIS 20500 - Concepts in Forensic Science 1
  • FIS 20600 - Concepts in Forensic Science 2
  • FIS 30600 - Forensic Microscopy
  • FIS 40900 - Research in Forensic Science
  • FIS 49000 - Capstone in Forensic Science
  • FIS 49500 - Internship in Forensic Science
  • FIS 50600 - Advanced Forensic Microscopy

Past Courses Taught:

  • FIS 10100 - Investigating Forensic Science Lecture
  • FIS 10101 - Investigating Forensic Science Laboratory
  • FIS 40100 - Forensic Chemistry I
  • FIS 40101 - Forensic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • FIS 40400 - Forensic Chemistry II
  • FIS 40401 - Forensic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CHEM C-100 - World of Chemistry
  • CHEM C-126 - Experimental Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CHEM C-310 - Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM C-311 - Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM C-325 - Introduction to Instrumental Analysis with Laboratory

Publications & Professional Activities

Publications:

  • K. Mirakovits and G. Londino. The Basics of Investigating Forensic Science: A Laboratory Manual. CRC Press, Boco Raton, FL; 2016.
  • G. Londino and S. Mehling. "Forensic Comparison of Trace Materials: Applying a Color Standard for Image Consistency and Reliability" ChromaCal Case Study, (2015).
  • K. Mauser, J. Sours, J. Banks, R. Newbrough, T. Janke, L. Shuck, L. Zhu, G. Ammerman, and P. Varma-Nelson. "Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL): Development and Implementation" Educase Quarterly, 34 (2011).
  • J. Eckstein, G. Ammerman, J. Reveles, B. Ackermann. "Analysis of glutamine, glutamate, pyroglutamate, and GABA in cerebrospinal fluid using ion pairing HPLC with positive electrospray LC/MS/MS" Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 171: 190-196 (2008).
  • J. Eckstein, G. Ammerman, J. Reveles, B. Ackermann. "Simultaneous profiling of multiple neurochemical pathways form a single cerebrospinal fluid sample using GC/MS/MS with electron capture detection" Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 43: 782-790 (2008).
  • G. Ammerman. "Analysis of Pigmented Inks using Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry" Masters' Thesis, Purdue University (2006).
  • P. Method, J. Siegel, and G. Londino.  "Comparison of blood and duplicate breath testing for ethanol in Indiana" Journal of the Alcohol Testing Alliance, Volume 15, Issue 1: 17-21 (2006).

Professional Activities:

  • G. Londino. "Engaging Students in Large Lecture Classrooms" Innovative Teaching with Active Learning Methods - Implementation in forensic science education. American Academy of Forensic Sciences, AAFS 2018 Meeting, Seattle, WA. 19 February 2018.
  • G. Londino, K. Wendeln, K. Thedwall. "Creating a Culture of Change for Academic Integrity at an Urban US University". Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity, University of Sydney, Australia. 6 November 2017.
  • G. Londino and J. Siegel. "Forensic Microscopy: How to use a microscope in forensic science" Bicentennial Conference in Chemical Education, Penn State University, State College, PA. 30 July 2012.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Awards and Honors:

  • School of Science Trustees' Teaching Award (2018)
  • American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners Travel Award (2014)
  • IUPUI Favorite Professor (2009 and 2010, 2013)
  • IUPUI Outstanding Educator Award (2011)
  • School of Science Trustee's Teaching Award (2011)
  • Trace Evidence Symposium Travel Award (2011)

Awarded Grants:

  • School of Science Technology Funds ($14490), "Acquisition of Hot Stage System for Thermal Microscopic Analysis", 2017
  • School of Science Teaching Support ($9374), "Acquisition of 5 Compound Light Microscopes and 2 Stereomicroscopes", 2015
  • School of Science Teaching Support ($30000), "Acquisition of Fourier Transform Infrared Microscope", 2015.
  • School of Science Teaching Support ($27114), "Acquisition of 6 Polarizing Light Microscopes", 2014
  • School of Science Teaching Support ($20833), "Acquisition of Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detector for Pyrolysis of Forensic Evidence", 2011.
  • School of Science Technology Funds ($6000), "Acquisition of UV-Vis Spectrometer", 2011
  • School of Science Technology Funds ($5000), "Acquisition of Polarizing Light Microscopes", 2010
  • Center for Teaching and Learning, Jump Start Grant ($5000), "Development of Concepts in Forensic Science 1 into an Online Summer Course", 2009.
  • School of Science Technology Funds ($10752), "Acquisition of Polarizing Light Microscopes and Stereomicroscopes", 2008