Success Story: NIST’s Dogs and Sensor Subcommittee Builds on Achievements by SWGDOG

NIJ and Florida International University Report Date April 2018 Impact “SWGDOG set the stage and provided a strong foundation of canine detector best practices that the OSAC Dogs and Sensor Subcommittee is currently developing into scientifically robust standards. The Subcommittee…
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Success Story: Advancing the Forensic Analysis of Ignitable Liquid Fuel Fires

NIJ and JENSEN HUGHES Report Date February 2018 Impact “Dr. Gottuk’s work has reduced the number of inaccurate arson determinations based on low burns and holes in the floor. It has even played a role in reversing some wrongful convictions…
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Success Story: Forensic Epigenetics – Markers for the Identification of Body Fluids

NIJ and Florida International University Report Date February 2018 Impact “Our laboratory is excited about DNA epigenetic markers as they offer the possibility of an objective confirmation of what cell type the DNA profile is originating from. If proven, the…
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Success Story: Improving the Reliability of Forensic Data from Vehicle Data Records

NIJ and Synercon Technologies Report Date December 2017 Impact “The Synercon Smart Sensor Simulators are not only a forensically sound way to download digital evidence from electronic control modules, they are also a time-saving and safer way to collect this…
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Success Story: Identifying Ignitable Liquids in Fire Debris and Providing Error Rates for Purposes of Testifying

NIJ and University of Central Florida Report Date November 2016 Impact “This technique provides an alternative objective method for classifying ignitable liquid residues, which is one of the only viable options for helping to progress fire debris analysis beyond a…
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Success Story: Creating an International Databank of Skeletal Biomarkers for Human Identification

NIJ and University of South Florida Report Date September 2016 Impact “Forensic anthropology today is largely about applying methods and theory from studies in human variation to aid in the identification of human remains. The key is to find an…
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Success Story: Customizing NextGENe Software for Forensic Applications

NIJ and CHORI – Collaboration with SoftGenetics® and California Department of Justice Report Date April 2016 Impact “Mitochondrial analysis holds significant potential for the forensic community and represents a great market opportunity for SoftGenetics®. As part of Dr. Calloway’s NIJ…
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Success Story: Addressing a Key Challenge for PCR-Based Forensic Tests

NIJ and DNA Polymerase Technologies Report Date April 2016 Impact “DNA Polymerase Technologies has done impressive work engineering Taq mutants and in determining the proper combination of PCR enhancer cocktails to assess STR profiles in challenging samples.” – Robert Bever,…
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Success Story: Demonstrating Objectivity in Ballistic Identification

NIJ and Intelligent Automation, Inc. Report Date April 2015 Impact “The problem firearms examiners have had when testifying in court is that their conclusions are guided by experience and are difficult to quantify. With this and related studies, there is now…