2018 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium

2018 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium


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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 20th, 2018 at the 70th Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting in Seattle, WA. The NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium was a free and open meeting where attendees learned about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas.

Steering Committee:
National Institute of Justice
Gregory Dutton
Danielle McLeod
Mihn Nguyen
Frances Scott

Planning Committee:
National Institute of Justice
Hannah Barcus
Vanessa Castellanos
Ruby Chase
Gregory Dutton
Chad Ernst
Gerald LaPorte
Jonathan McGrath
Danielle McLeod
Mihn Nguyen
Kristin Pilgrim
Frances Scott
Heather Waltke

Planning Committee:
RTI International
Jeannine Bratts
Tchad Compton
Erica Fornaro
Nicole Jones
Julian Lee
Lisa Malette
Lauren Mangum
Vicki McCall
Jeri Ropero-Miller
Erik Shepard
Josh Vickers

Event Information

2018 National Institute of Justice Forensic Science R&D Symposium


This event originally occurred on February 20th, 2018.

70th Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, Washington


Symposium Proceedings

The R&D Symposium published proceedings can be accessed by clicking the link below.


Presentation Archivals

Click on any session below to register for its archival version, available on-demand.

Morning Session I: Forensic Anthropology

Presentation Topics:
 The Macromorphoscopic Databank: A New Tool for Forensic Anthropologists
 Modeling Surface Morphology of the Pubic Symphysis: Quantitative Methods and Computational Tools for the Objective Estimation of Age-at-Death for Modern Populations
Building a Science of Adult Cranial Fracture
► Standardizing Data for a Large-Scale, Whole Body CT Image Database

Morning Session II: Controlled Substances and Toxicology

Presentation Topics:
► Liver “Doesn’t DIE,” or at least its Enzymes, and Other Useful Information Discovered while Evaluating the Effect of Sample Preparation Techniques on Matrix Effects and Absolute Recovery of Opiates in Liver Tissue using UPLC-MS/MS
► Evaluating Trends in Novel Psychoactive Substances Using a Sentinel Population of Electronic Dance Music Festival Attendees
► Assessing the Impact of Implementing Portable Mass Spectrometers for On-Site Drug Evidence Processing
► Rapid Peptide Analysis Utilizing Matrix-Assisted Inlet Ionization and Paper Spray Ionization Mass Spectrometry

Afternoon Session I: Trace Microbiome

Presentation Topics:
► Developing Reliable Methods for Microbial Fingerprinting of Soil Evidence: Collection, Contamination, Storage, and Analysis
► Evaluating the Skin Microbiome as Trace Evidence on Common Surface Types
► Forensic Geosourcing Potential of the Human Microbiome
► Candidates of Skin Microbiomes for Human Identification

Afternoon Session II: Forensic Biology/DNA

Presentation Topics:
► Multi-locus Match Probability Dependencies
► Record Linkage of CODIS Profiles with SNP Genotypes
► Microhaplotypes Analyzed by Massively Parallel Sequencing Are Valuable Forensic Tools
► Production of High-Fidelity Electropherograms Results in Improved and Consistent Match-Statistics: Standardizing Forensic Validation by Coupling Laboratory Specific Experimental Data with an In Silico DNA Pipeline

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event was 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 event are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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