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Just Portable Mass Spectrometer Possibilities

Just Portable Mass Spectrometer Possibilities

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Original Release Date: September 3, 2018

In episode five of our 2018 NIJ R&D Season, Just Science speaks with Dr. Jamie Wieland and Dr. Christopher Mulligan of Illinois State University about assessing the impact of implementing portable mass spectrometers for on-site drug evidence processing. Listen along as Just Science explores cross-disciplinary research to determine the analytical, legal, and fiscal impacts of adopting drug screening protocols using portable mass spectrometers in the field.

This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].

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Guest Biography

Dr. Jamie R. Wieland is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods at Illinois State University. Dr. Wieland obtained her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University. Her research interests lie in the development and application of statistical methods and probability models for policy and decision analysis, with an expertise in Monte Carlo simulation. Previous publications have appeared in the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Service Management, and the Journal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Dr. Wieland’s current research involves assessing the operational and economic impact of portable technologies used for on-site analysis of forensic evidence during crime scene investigation processes. This cross-disciplinary project has been funded by the National Institute of Justice (Award Nos. 2015-IJ-CX-K011 and 2017-R2-CX-0022) and was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune.

Dr. Christopher Mulligan's group at Illinois State University develops portable, instrument-based solutions to forensic and environmental monitoring applications. Their current project, 'Portable MS Systems Featuring Interchangeable, Ambient Ionization Sources for Crime Scene and Law Enforcement Applications.' seek to provide police practitioners with simple, rugged instrumentation for routine forensic evidence processing in the field.


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