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March 23, 2009

Hanser chairs gang research session; presents multinational research projects

Robert Hanser, assistant professor and head of the University of Louisiana at Monroe Department of Criminal Justice, chaired a research and policy panel, “Research Views on Gangs in the South” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, March 10-14 in Boston, Mass.

The ACJS is recognized as the premiere organization to represent the criminal justice discipline, both nationally and internationally.

Hanser, Ph.D., was specifically selected to chair the panel by the National Gang Crime Research Center. He moderated presentations on gangs in four different states throughout the nation. His own presentation involved an examination of current gang activity throughout the state of Louisiana; developments both in regard to jail/prison-based gang problems and issues related to street gangs were also discussed.

The panel resulted in the exchange of information among multiple law enforcement personnel and gang research scholars, with some collaborative projects to emerge in the future.

Hanser also presented an additional paper titled “Online Educational Delivery and Globalization in Criminal Justice Education: Benefits and Challenges” during the same conference. His presentation dealt with aspects of multinational research as well as with the teaching of courses on international criminal justice issues.

He also showcased the benefits of interactive participation with professionals from countries around the world in one’s online classroom. Hanser highlighted some of his own multinational research projects and also demonstrated how that research translated to opportunities for students and professors in the classroom. United Nations representatives present expressed particular interest in this approach to higher education.

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