2022 Seasons & Special Release Episodes
Strengthening the Forensic Workforce
The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) was established by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) in 2004 to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education. FEPAC-accreditation is one way for students and hiring managers to recognize and distinguish high-quality undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs. In addition to FEPAC, university faculty and forensic practitioners also emphasize the importance of support from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for student research projects as they prepare for a career in forensic science. During this season of Just Science, we sat down with distinguished university faculty, FEPAC Commissioners, and forensic practitioners to shed light on the benefits of accreditation, student research, and NIJ involvement in collegiate programs. Our guests provide insight on their FEPAC-accredited programs across forensic disciplines and share advice for current students, professors, and forensic professionals.
JUST FEPAC ACCREDITATION AND FORENSIC CHEMISTRY PROGRAMS
Release Date: May 6, 2022
Guest(s): Dr. José R. Almirall & Dr. Sarah Kerrigan
Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2022
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed every April as a campaign to increase awareness about sexual harassment, assault, and abuse. In honor of this effort, Just Science sat down with multiple subject matter experts to discuss recent developments in sexual assault response reform. Listen along as our guests discuss the latest research associated with the prevalence of strangulation in sexual assault cases, understanding how to identify and document strangulation while supporting safety concerns for victims in these cases, supporting and effectively prosecuting sexual assault cases with male and transgender victims, supporting victims of non-reported and anonymous sexual assault kits, and much more in this season of Just Science.
JUST SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE AND SUPPORTING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
Release Date: April 1, 2022
Guest(s): Mary Weston
JUST RESEARCH OF DATING APPS AND VIOLENT SEXUAL ASSAULT CASESJUST SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE AND SUPPORTING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
Release Date: April 8, 2022
Guest(s): Dr. Julie Valentine
JUST TRAUMA-INFORMED PATIENT INTERVIEWING AND PREVALENCE OF STRANGULATIONJUST SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE AND SUPPORTING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
Release Date: April 15, 2022
Guest(s): Kelly Taylor
JUST RESEARCH ON ANONYMOUS AND UNREPORTED SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES
Release Date: April 22, 2022
Guest(s): Dr. Rachael Goodman-Williams & Dr. Jessica Volz
JUST TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACHES AND ADVOCACY FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
Release Date: April 29, 2022
Guest(s): Natasha Simone Alexenko
Perspectives on At-Home Sexual Assault Kits
Just Science is excited to release our next season: Perspectives on At-Home Sexual Assault Kits. This season takes a closer look at DNA collection in sexual assault cases, with an emphasis on analyzing the efficacy of at-home sexual assault kits. In this new season of Just Science, tune in as we speak to a range of subject matter experts – all with varying perspectives on the topic – to discuss the role of at-home sexual assault kits when responding to sexual assault cases.
JUST SUPPORTING EVIDENCE COLLECTION IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES
Release Date: January 7, 2022
Guest(s): Dr. Julie Valentine
JUST THE INTERSECTION OF AT-HOME KITS AND HEALING
Release Date: January 14, 2022
Guest(s): Monica Gardner
JUST A PEDIATRIC VIEWPOINT ON AT-HOME SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS
Release Date: January 21, 2022
Guest(s): Dr. Toni Laskey
JUST ADDRESSING CHILD SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Release Date: January 28, 2022
Guest(s): Laurieann Thorpe
JUST KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR INVESTIGATIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES
Release Date: February 4, 2022
Guest(s): Scott Mourtgos
JUST ANALYZING AT-HOME KITS
Release Date: February 11, 2022
Guest(s): Jay Henry
JUST A PROSECUTOR’S PERSPECTIVE ON AT-HOME KITS
Release Date: February 18, 2022
Guest(s): Patti Powers
JUST A TRAUMA-INFORMED RESPONSE TO AT-HOME SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS
Release Date: February 25, 2022
Guest(s): Natasha Alexenko, Lieutenant Jordan Satinsky, and Marya Simmons
2021 Seasons & Special Release Episodes
Special Release Episode: Firearms Research
The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) supports the implementation of innovative technologies that address the challenges faced by the forensic science community. In this special release episode, Just Science sat down with Nicole Jones and John Grassel to discuss toolmark analysis and advanced capabilities in firearms. Listen along as these expert forensic scientists discuss the work the FTCoE performs to address firearm violence, how evidence is collected from a firearm, and the FTCoE’s upcoming Firearm and Toolmarks Policy and Practice Forum on January 11-14, 2022 in this episode of Just Science.
JUST ADVANCED CAPABILITIES IN FIREARM AND TOOLMARK ANALYSIS
Release Date: December 3, 2021
Guests: Nicole Jones & John Grassel
Special Release Episode: Diversity & Inclusion
Forensics is a fast-growing field making the need for racial and gender representation among its practitioners critically important. In this special release episode, Just Science sat down with Donia Slack and Dale Hart to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in forensics. From confronting biased research to experiencing microaggressions and feelings of “imposter syndrome,” our expert panelists know the realities of being underrepresented in the field. Listen along as they detail their experiences as forensic scientists of color, articulate how bias and underrepresentation can produce flawed findings, and discuss the impact that diversity and inclusion has had in their careers in this episode of Just Science.
JUST DIVERSITY & INCLUSION IN FORENSIC SCIENCE
Release Date: November 19, 2021
Guests: Donia Slack & Dale Hart
Just Science is excited to release our next mini season: Workforce Resiliency. From sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) to medicolegal death investigators (MDIs), this season takes a closer look at forensic science practitioners performing their jobs under difficult circumstances. Tune in as we discuss the realities of work-related stress and vicarious trauma, as well as strategies to mitigate their effects in this new season of Just Science.
JUST WORKFORCE RESILIENCY FOR MDIs
Release Date: October 22, 2021
Guests: Dr. Jennifer Rineer & Kelly Keyes
JUST WORKFORCE RESILIENCY FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINERS PART 1
Release Date: October 29, 2021
Guest: Dr. Cara Berg Raunick
JUST WORKFORCE RESILIENCY FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINERS PART 2
Release Date: November 5, 2021
Guest: Dr. Cara Berg Raunick
JUST LITERATURE ON STRESS & RESILIENCY IN FORENSIC SCIENCE
Release Date: November 12, 2021
Guest: Donia Slack, M.S.
Research and Considerations for Sexual Assault Cases
In response to the success of our sexual assault response reform mini season for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April of 2021, Just Science is excited to release our next season: Research and Considerations for Sexual Assault Cases. This multi-faceted season covers a variety of topics within the arena of sexual assault response reform, including sexual assault kit standardization, crossover offending, lawfully owed DNA, victim-centered interviewing, touch DNA, partially tested sexual assault kits, and much more. Tune in as we unpack sexual assault myths and address some of the key issues currently associated with sexual assault response reform in this new season of Just Science.
JUST LAWFULLY OWED DNA
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Guests: Dr. Rachel Lovell & Mary Weston
JUST TOUCH DNA AND SEXUAL ASSAULT GROPING CASES
Release Date: July 23, 2021
Guests: Dr. Julie L. Valentine & Heather Mills
JUST TRAUMA-INFORMED VICTIM-CENTERED INTERVIEWING
Release Date: July 30, 2021
Guests: Jordan Satinsky, Marya L. Simmons, & Natasha Simone Alexenko
JUST A COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATION
Release Date: August 6, 2021
Guests: Dr. Rachel Lovell & Mary Weston
JUST ADVOCACY FOR MALE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Release Date: August 13, 2021
Guest: Marya L. Simmons
JUST SUPPORTING MALE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Release Date: August 20, 2021
Guest: Patricia Powers
JUST PARTIALLY TESTED SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS
Release Date: August 27, 2021
Guests: Dr. Rachel Lovell & Mary Weston
JUST CONSIDERATIONS FOR OLDER SURVIVORS
Release Date: September 3, 2021
Guest: Patricia Powers
JUST ADVOCATING FOR OLDER SURVIVORS
Release Date: September 10, 2021
Guest: Marya L. Simmons
JUST CROSSOVER OFFENDING
Release Date: September 17, 2021
Guests: Dr. Rachel Lovell & Mary Weston
JUST STANDARDIZING SEXUAL ASSAULT KITS
Release Date: September 24, 2021
Guests: Maureen Platt, Denise S. Covington, M.S.N., Danielle Lindgren, M.S., & Bonnie R. Bentley
NIJ R&D and Beyond
Despite being virtual, NIJ’s 2021 R&D Symposium was one of the most successful iterations of this meeting to date. With over 600 attendees across the globe, the audience was exceptionally diverse in terms of location and forensic discipline. In this Just Science mini-series, we sat down with the program managers of the four NIJ forensic portfolios to discuss the symposium and the future of their respective research areas. Listen along as our guests discuss research and emerging topics in various forensic disciplines, including seized drugs and toxicology; impression, pattern, and trace evidence; anthropology and forensic pathology; and DNA and biology!
JUST SEIZED DRUGS AND TOXICOLOGY PORTFOLIO
Release Date: June 4, 2021
Guest: Frances Scott, Ph.D.
JUST THE IMPRESSION AND PATTERN/TRACE EVIDENCE PORTFOLIO
Release Date: June 11, 2021
Guest: Gregory Dutton, Ph.D.
JUST FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY AND FORENSIC PATHOLOGY PORTFOLIO
Release Date: June 18, 2021
Guest: Danielle McLeod-Henning, M.F.S.
JUST THE BIOLOGY AND DNA PORTFOLIO
Release Date: June 25, 2021
Guest: Tracey Johnson
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
As national efforts to address sexual assault response reform continue to grow, more and more jurisdictions are resolving their sexual assault kit backlog and identifying causes associated with the accumulation of sexual assault kits. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Just Science sat down with leaders in the field of sexual assault response reform to talk about current issues in this arena, including the impact of COVID-19. Listen along as our guests discuss methods for supporting victims of sexual assault while presenting considerations and resources for improving sexual assault response reform in this special release season of Just Science.
Illicit Substance Use Response
Despite national efforts to reduce the impact, illicit substance abuse continues to rise in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there were an average of 128 opioid related deaths per day in 2018. These numbers continue to rise. In order to meet the challenge head on, scientists, community leaders, justice professionals, and everyday citizens are working tirelessly to slow the abuse of opioids and reduce the impact that they have on our communities. In this season of Just Science, we’re sitting down with experts in the field to discuss topics like stigma, recovery, policy solutions, public safety systems, identifying drug trends, and much more.
JUST THE INTERSECTION OF OPIOIDS AND ILLICIT STIMULANTS PART 1
Release Date: January 22, 2021
Guest(s): Jon E. Zibbell, Ph.D.
JUST THE INTERSECTION OF OPIOIDS AND ILLICIT STIMULANTS PART 2
Release Date: January 29, 2021
Guest(s): Jon E. Zibbell, Ph.D.
JUST THE IMPORTANCE OF IDENTIFYING EMERGING DRUG THREATS
Release Date: February 5, 2021
Guest(s): Alex J. Krotulski, Ph.D. & Amanda L.A. Mohr, M.S.
JUST THE STORY OF THE HEALTHY GRANDFAMILIES PROJECT
Release Date: February 12, 2021
Guest(s): Bonnie Dunn, M.S.
JUST PARTNERSHIPS TO ENHANCE OVERDOSE FATALITY REVIEW
Release Date: February 19, 2021
Guest(s): Mallory O’Brien, Ph.D.
JUST ALTERNATIVE CRISIS RESPONSE: ONE COMMUNITY’S EXPERIENCE
Release Date: February 26, 2021
Guest(s): Tim Black
JUST BUILDING POLICY FROM THE GROUND UP
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Guest(s): Alex H. Kral, Ph.D.
JUST THE DEA NATIONAL FORENSIC LABORATORY INFORMATION SYSTEM
Release Date: March 12, 2021
Guest(s): DeMia Pressley
JUST ADDRESSING THE STIGMA OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER
Release Date: March 19, 2021
Guest(s): Clarence Jordan
JUST POLYSUBSTANCE USE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF DATA TRENDS
Release Date: March 26, 2021
Guest(s): Josh Yohannan, M.S.
2020 Seasons & Special Release Episodes
Criminal investigations often necessitate the application of a multitude of forensic disciplines. While some cases can be solved by a single piece of evidence, most have a myriad of evidence types to forward and investigation. Bloodstains, DNA analysis, latent prints, digital evidence, and reliable police work lead to arrests and can stop a criminal before any more damage is done.
In our latest season, Case Studies, we sat down with a variety of experts and talked about their most interesting cases. Join us as we discuss bloodstain pattern analysis, photography, serial killers, and much more in this dynamic season of Just Science!
Just Off The Shelf Forensics
Just Erroneous Identification
Just Identifying Fingerprints Through Photographs
Just the Grim Sleeper Serial Killer
Just Fingerprints And Lasers
Just the Jodi Arias Case
Just the Story Behind Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Just Psychopathy and Criminal Behavior
Special Release Episode: Forensic Genetic Geneaology & GEDmatch
In this Forensic Science Week special episode, Just Science interviews Brett Williams, the CEO of Verogen, about the GEDmatch database, how it can be used by law enforcement to perform forensic genealogy searches for investigative leads, and the short- and long-term plans Verogen has for the widely used database and related services.
Verogen is a spin-off of the Illumina corporation and has grown to be an innovator in the realm of forensic genomic technologies. Since their inception, Verogen has evolved from forensic applications to focus on biometrics-based human identification, as a whole. Following this vision, in December of 2019 Verogen acquired GEDmatch, a crowd-sourced database used by millions of genealogy enthusiasts to trace their family trees, but more recently it has been adopted by law enforcement to aid in cold case investigations. Listen along with our guest host, Donia Slack, as she and Brett Williams discuss the impact that genetic genealogy and GEDmatch have had on the criminal justice system in this episode of Just Science.
While the realm of digital evidence is still relatively new, it requires validation and testing like all forensic disciplines. Digital evidence is a dynamic discipline that can often provide greater insight into the investigation of a crime or the defense of the alleged perpetrator. In this season of Just Science, we will be covering the history and interpretation of digital evidence, emerging technologies used in investigation and as evidence, and the validation of digital forensic tools.
Just the Impact of Disturbing Media
Just NIST’s Digital Forensics Black Box Study
Just Digital Evidence 101
Just Data Stories
Just Digital Evidence in the Courts of Appeals
Just A Public Defender’s Perspective
Just the Evolution of Digital Evidence
Special Release Episode: Resiliency in Crime Scene Investigators
Special Release Episode: COVID-19 & Supporting Victims of Sexual Assault
This week on Just Science, we are publishing a special release episode in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Social distancing, shelter in place, and other responses to COVID-19 can create a stressful environment for survivors of sexual assault especially if they feel they cannot access resources or are physically unable to seek help. In addition, highly stressful situations that result from significant amounts of change, such as unemployment, disruption in ‘normal’ activities, and social isolation may increase the risk of domestic violence and sexual assault. In this podcast, we will discuss what services are available to survivors of sexual assault, including leveraging on-line platforms and modified strategies for first responders, rape crisis centers, and victim advocates. We will also discuss how we as a friend, family member, and community can be prepared to respond to a victim of sexual assault in this challenging time.
2020 NIJ R&D
The 2020 NIJ R&D Season of Just Science features some of the research presented at the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium. Some of the interviews in this season were recorded at the 2020 AAFS 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, a professional meeting where attendees work to advance science, foster research, and promote collaboration within the various forensic science disciplines. This season’s topics include the analysis of fentanyl compounds in emerging drugs, a tool for species identification of skeletal remains, methods for analyzing beverages for cannabinoids, the detection of firearm discharge via electrochemical sensors, and more. Tune in this spring to learn more about NIJ’s diverse research portfolio!
Just Mitochondrial DNA
Just a Statistical Approach to Glass Evidence
Just Blowflies and Extreme Temperatures
Just Quick Screening Methods for Firearm Discharge Residues
Just Analyzing Beverages for Cannabinoids
Just Skeletal Remains Identification
Just Another Method for Detecting Fentanyl
Special Release Episode: HHRRC's Impact
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) seeks to promote humanitarian and human rights action in the field of forensic sciences. This effort would not be possible without the support provided by NIJ’s FTCoE and AAFS. The HHRRC improves the practice of forensic science and strengthens its impact on humanitarian and human rights issues through education and dissemination of best practices and guidelines. In this Just So You Know episode, Just Science sat down with Dr. Duarte Nuno Vieira and Dr. Cláudia Plens for a look at how NIJ’s support of the HHRRC aids their mission. Tune in as we gain a broader understanding of humanitarian forensic action and how the HHRRC impacts forensic research around the world.
Improving the System
Researchers, academics, and forensic scientists are constantly striving to make improvements to existing processes within the criminal justice system. While many advancements have been made in recent years, there will always be room for growth and change. To begin 2020, Just Science will be meeting with leaders in the field to discuss the current state of the criminal justice system and the advancements they anticipate in the coming years. Listen along as we talk to representative from the National Institute of Justice, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Innocence Project about their efforts to support and improve the criminal justice system.
Just the Innocence Project
Just the Organization of Scientific Area Committees
Just a Profile in Forensic R&D Innovations
Just the NIJ Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices
2019 Seasons & Special Release Episodes
DNA evidence has had a significant impact on the criminal justice system. Since the National Commission on the Future of DNA evidence in the 1990s, DNA has evolved into one of the most respected disciplines in forensic science. The DNA season of Just Science focuses on DNA evidence and its use in forensic investigation. Topics include the impact of DNA evidence, the use of familial DNA in investigations, databases, case studies, and strategies to improve workflow efficiencies.
Special Release Episode: Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners
The last Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners was conducted in 2004 and stands as one of the most important resources for budget makers and policy changers. Since then, the realm of MDI has changed dramatically. With that in mind, BJS and RTI International are working tirelessly to create a useful tool that captures all the nuances of this field. Listen in as our guests discuss the development of the survey, the types of data being collected, and the impact that the survey will have on the MDI community. Unchanged: The last Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners was conducted in 2004 and stands as one of the most important resources for budget makers and policy changers. Since then, the realm of MDI has changed dramatically. With that in mind, BJS and RTI International are working tirelessly to create a useful tool that captures all the nuances of this field. Listen in as our guests discuss the development of the survey, the types of data being collected, and the impact that the survey will have on the MDI community.
Just the Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners
Release Date: August 26, 2019
Guest(s): Dr. Hope Smiley-McDonald & Connor Brooks
2019 NIJ R&D
The 2019 NIJ R&D Season of Just Science will focus on the research featured at the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium. Some of these interviews were recorded at the 2019 AAFS 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. This conference, held by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, is a multidisciplinary professional meeting that provides leadership and opportunities to advance science, foster research, and promote collaboration within the various forensic science disciplines. Some of the episode topics include research with alternative light sources and bruising, infant abuse, age estimations of bloodstains, image cloud platform use, raman microspectroscopy, and much more.
Just Imaging Flow Cytometry
Release Date: July 22, 2019
Guest: Dr. Christopher Ehrhardt
Just Flies and Their Artifacts
Release Date: July 12, 2019
Guest: Dr. David Rivers
Just Raman Spectroscopy and GSR
Release Date: July 4, 2019
Guest: Dr. Igor Lednev
Just Putrid Databases
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Guest: Dr. Audris Mockus
Just Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction
Release Date: June 20, 2019
Guest: Dr. Jorn Yu
Just Screening Blood and Urine
Release Date: June 13, 2019
Guest: Dr. Rebecca Wagner
Just Detecting Gunshot Residue
Release Date: June 6, 2019
Guest: Dr. Suzanne Bell
Just RNA and Bloodstains
Release Date: May 29, 2019
Guest: Dr. Robert W. Allen
Just Fundamental Mechanics and Infant Skull Fractures
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Guest: Dr. Brittany Coats
Just Skin Deep
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Guests: Dr. Katherine Scafide and Dr. Daniel Sheridan
Special Release Episode: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a campaign designed to raise awareness about sexual violence and provide methods to prevent it. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Just Science interviewed Pat Speck, a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and professor at the University of Alabama – Birmingham School of Nursing, about sexual assault testing and victim-centered care.
The Identification season of Just Science will focus on many of the different aspects of identification in forensic investigations. A majority of these interviews were recorded at the 2018 International Forensic Educational Conference in San Antonio, Texas. This conference, held by the International Association for Identification, represents a diverse and knowledgeable membership that meets annually to educate and share techniques, methods, and research into the various forensic science disciplines. The conference features lectures, poster presentations, and workshops dedicated to sharing knowledge and enhancing the forensic sciences. This season will include episodes covering sexual assault kit processing, psychological survival in violent careers, latent print examination, forensic art, microanthropology, and more.
Release Date: February 25, 2019
Guest: Robert Thompson
2018 Seasons & Special Release Episodes
Unchanged: The Forensic Advancement season of Just Science will focus on many areas that challenge forensic leadership within the community. A majority of these interviews were recorded at the 2018 American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) Annual Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia. The ASCLD Symposium is an industry-leading conference designed for leaders and managers in the forensic laboratory space. The symposium boasts workshops and plenary talks designed around all aspects of forensic science, but particularly focuses on enhancing leadership and management in a forensic laboratory. This season will include episodes covering performance tools, ASCLD efforts in rapid DNA, return on investment for DNA databases, witness testimony, millennial personnel, laboratory public relations, and more.
Release Date: January 21, 2019
Guest: Richard Marx
Just Transparency in Public Communications
Release Date: January 7, 2019
Guest: Ramit Plushnick Masti
Just a Paradigm Shift for Forensic Scientists
Release Date: December 31, 2018
Guest: Ron Smith
Just Throwing DARTs at the Opioid Crisis
Release Date: December 17, 2018
Guest: Amber Burns
Release Date: December 10, 2018
Guest: Ben Swanholm
Special Release Episode: AAFS HHRRC
Medicolegal Death Investigation
Just Planning For The Aftermath Of A Mass Shooting
Release Date: October 22, 2018
Guest: John Fudenberg
Just Forensic Nurse Coroners
Release Date: October 15,2018
Guests: Bobbi Jo O'Neal
Just Coroners Versus Medical Examiner Systems
Release Date: October 8, 2018
Guest: John Fudenberg
Just Being Vocal About Vicarious Trauma
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Guest: Kelly Keyes
Just So You Know - FTCoE Team
Just Science is releasing a special Just So You Know series in celebration of National Forensic Science Week. Get to know the leadership, scientific, and technical staff that help keep the center running smoothly year round. Guests include Dr. John Morgan, Dr. Jeri Ropero-Miller, Donia Slack, Nicole Jones, Heidi Eldridge, Dr. Megan Grabenauer, Sarah Norsworthy, Nichole Bynum, Katherine Moore, Erica Fornaro, Molly Dix, and Dr. Kelle Barrick.
2018 NIJ R&D
Just Science is releasing a season for the 2018 NIJ funded Research and Development. These guests were NIJ awardees that traveled to the annual AAFS Symposium this year in Seattle, Washington. Dive into the community's efforts to forward science and create a stronger justice system through knowledge. Some of the episode topics include research with skin microbiomes, SNP genotypes, implementing portable mass spec, and CT image databases.
Just Genetic Marker Linkages
Release Date: September 10, 2018
Guests: Dr. Michael "Doc" Edge
Just Portable Mass Spectrometer Possibilities
Release Date: September 3, 2018
Guests: Dr. Jamie Wieland and Dr. Christopher Mulligan
In this season, Drugs, topics will range from legalization of marijuana in relation to police officers, the opioid epidemic, Electronic Dance Music Festivals, how witnesses’ and victims’ memory of events can be affected by alcohol, current vaping research, drug courts, and much more.
Just Opioid Financial Burden on Crime Labs
Release Date: July 11, 2018
Guest: Dr. Paul Speaker
Just Classifying Emerging Compounds
Release Date: July 2, 2018
Guest: Dr. Barry Logan
Just Fentanyl Lab Fads with ASCLD
Release Date: June 25, 2018
Guest: Bruce Houlihan
Just Solving the Opioid Crisis
Release Date: June 18, 2018
Guests: Dr. Jeri Ropero Miller and Dr. Gary Zarkin
Just Chasing the E-Cig Dragon
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Guest: Dr. Michelle Peace
Just Alcohol and Witness Recall
Release Date: June 4, 2018
Guest: Dr. Nadja Schreiber Compo
Just Doobious Driving
Release Date: May 21, 2018
Guests: Jennifer Knudsen and Glenn Davis
Just Liver Die
Release Date: May 14. 2018
Guest: Dr. Carl Wolf
Just Electronic Dance Music Festivals
Release Date: May 7, 2018
Guests: Amanda Mohr and Alex Krotulski
2018 Impression, Pattern, and Trace Evidence Symposium
In this season we will cover content given at the NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence’s Impression Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium. The symposium was held January 22nd -25th 2018 in Arlington, Virginia, it had over 200 onsite attendees and over 400 online attendees. This season will include episodes discussing nature's patterns, fracture mechanics, juror's interpretations of testimony, toolmarks, and footwear with each topic discussing real-world examples. If you missed the symposium and wish to watch the archives, please click here.
Just Talking Testimony
Release Date: April 9, 2018
Guest: Xiaoyu Alan Zheng, Henry Swofford, Mr. Chris Fabricant, Dr. Steven Lund, Dr. Hari Iyer, and Dr. Alicia Wilcox
Just Bayesian Brawl
Release Date: April 2, 2018
Guests: Dr. Jose Almirall, Dr. Steven Lund, Dr. Hari Iyer, Dr. Cedric Neumann, Dr. Daniel Ramos, and Dr. Alex Biedermann
Just Handwriting Statistics
Release Date: March 26, 2018
Guest: Cami Fuglsby
Just Consecutively Manufactured Toolmarks
Release Date: March 19, 2018
Guest: Robert Thompson
Just Footwear Size Does Matter
Release Date: March 12, 2018
Guests: Chris Hamburg and Jeff Jagmin
Just Geeking Out on Patterns
Release Date: March 5, 2018
Guest: John Vanderkolk
Just Shoeprint Statistics
Release Date: February 26, 2018
Guest: Andrew Kimble
Just A Juror’s Perception
Release Date: February 19, 2018
Guests: Dr. Alicia Wilcox and Heidi Eldridge
Episode Two: Just Fracture Matches
Release Date: February 12, 2018
Guest: Dr. Ashraf Bastawros
2017 Seasons & Special Release Episodes
In this special release season on Leadership, you will hear interviews highlighting different areas where guests have excelled, along with some of their lessons learned. The season will highlight forensic professionals and teachers of leadership including Ben Swanholm, Jody Wolf, Martina Bison-Huckaby, and Jeremy Triplett. We will discuss their personal philosophies on leadership, how they came to be leaders in their own lives, and what their affiliations have added to the conversation. Stay tuned as Just Science helps to shed light on the complex issues of leadership.
Just So You Know: Leadership Series
Release Date: December 21, 2017
Just Guidance Leadership
Release Date: December 18, 2017
Guest: Jeremy Triplett
Just Motivational Leadership
Release Date: December 11, 2017
Guest: Martina Bison-Huckaby
Special Release Episode: Rapid DNA Technology
In this “Just So You Know” episode of Just Science, we discuss this year’s Rapid DNA forum with Chris Asplen, the Executive Director of the National Criminal Justice Association. The 3-day forum, hosted by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, was held in Alexandria, VA in August of 2017. This forum provided more than 130 attendees from the forensic DNA community an opportunity to be updated on commercially available Rapid DNA technologies, hear lessons learned from several early adopters spanning local law enforcement and federal agencies, and discuss moving forward as a community. As one of the many distinguished presenters from the forum, Chris discusses how Rapid DNA is moving forward slowly but surely saving jurisdictions time and money, and that getting the policy right is just as important as getting the technology right.
Just So You Know: Rapid DNA Technology
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Guest(s): Chris Asplen
In the second season, Case Studies, Just Science interviews the prosecutors, investigators, victims, and crime lab directors that were involved with high profile cases. This season will highlight cases that seemed unsolvable at the time, but with some new technologies and innovation, these criminals were brought to justice. Topics include Munchausen syndrome by proxy, Human Trafficking, Odontology, Atlanta Olympic Bombing, International cases, Louisiana Serial Killer, and many more
2017 R&D Symposium
Just Science released a special season for NIJ funded Research and Development. Dive into the community's efforts to forward science and create a stronger justice system through knowledge. Episode topics include research with one-pot meth, bath salts, gunshot acoustics, and postmortem interval estimation.
The first season of “Just Science,” titled Numbers will give listeners content focusing on issues that forensic scientists are faced with, such as error data or proof of data. We will explore new technologies and systems that provide more efficient ways of delivering quantitative results, as well as the human factors that go into producing solid data.
Episode Seven: Just Dry Bones
Release Date: June 5, 2017
Guests: Dr. Melissa Connor, Dr. Eriek Hansen, and Christiane Baigent
Episode Six: Just Budgets
Release Date: May 29, 2017
Guest: Dr. Paul Speaker