2015 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium

2015 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium


The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCOE) assisted the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in hosting the annual NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium on February 17, 2015 at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting in Orlando, Florida. The NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium is a free and open meeting where attendees learned about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas.

Morning Session I: Impression, Pattern & Trace Evidence

Presentation Topics

  • Effective Identification of Ink and Document Chemistry using Nanomanipulation-Coupled to Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Application - Guido Verbeck
  • Towards a Novel, Fast, and Accurate 3D-Topography Imaging and Analysis System for Firearm Forensics - Ryan Lilien
  • Particle Combination Analysis: Collaborative Research Unleashing Next Generation Forensic Trace Evidence Analysis - David Stoney
  • Collaborative Efforts in Developing Reliable Genetic and Statistical Methods for Microbial Profiling of Soils - David Foran

Morning Session II: Postmortem Interval & Molecular Autopsy

Presentation Topics

  • An External Validation Test of the Citrate Content PMI Method - Ann Bunch
  • Computerized Reconstruction of Fragmentary Skeletal Remains - Mohamed Mahfouz
  • “Chemo-entomology”: Determining the Species and Age Blowfly Pupae Based on Their Chemical Profiles - William Kranz
  • The Molecular Autopsy: Collaborative Sequencing, Verification and Reporting of Causal Mutations in a Large Cohort of Infant and Young Adult Sudden Death Victims - Roger Khan

Afternoon Session I: Forensic DNA Research - Focus on DNA Sequencing

Presentation Topics

  • Massively Parallel Sequencing Analysis of Microsatellites for Delineating Components of Genetic Mixtures - Hanlee Ji
  • Epigenetic Methylation Markers are a Powerful Technique to Discriminate Body Fluids Present in Crime Scene Evidence - Bruce McCord
  • Simultaneous Detection of Human Mitochondrial DNA and Nuclear-Inserted Mitochondrial-origin Sequences (NumtS) using Forensic mtDNA Amplification Strategies and Pyrosequencing Technology - Mark Wilson
  • Laying the Foundation for Forensic use of the Complete Mitochondrial Genome through a Collaborative Database Initiative - Rebecca Just

Afternoon Session II: Controlled Substances and Toxicology

Presentation Topics

  • Aptamer-Based, Exonuclease-Amplified, Paper Device for Point of Collection Screening of Cocaine and Methamphetamine in Oral Fluid - Yi Xiao
  • Ambient Sampling, Portable Mass Spectrometers for On-Site Crime Scene Analytics - Christopher Mulligan
  • State of the DART: New Technology forming New Collaborations in Forensic Chemistry - Jason Shepard
  • Analysis of Biological Specimens for the Presence of Novel Psychoactive Substances from Attendees at an Electronic Dance Music Festival - Amanda Mohr

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence webinar has been provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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