This report was published in RTI Press, a global publisher of peer-reviewed, open-access publications on a broad range of topics. The areas of focus reflect RTI’s multidisciplinary research, our expertise in social and laboratory sciences, and our extensive international activities. Since 2008, the RTI Press has produced more than 100 publications.

Report Date

February 2019

Abstract

The 2019 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium is intended to promote collaboration and enhance knowledge transfer of NIJ-funded research. The NIJ Forensic Science R&D Program funds both basic or applied R&D projects that will (1) increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice or (2) result in the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods that have the potential for forensic application. The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research; research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science; and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes.

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Description

Drowning is one of the leading causes of “accidental death” in the United States, but it is possible that many of these deaths are, in fact, incidents of foul play. It is important that law enforcement personnel learn how to properly investigate an underwater scene and preserve the evidence.

This course, hosted by the Longmont Department of Public Safety and Team Lifeguard Systems on October 4-6, 2017, detailed the procedures and tactics for dealing with aquatic death and drowning investigations. The FTCoE funded two practitioners to attend this training to better understand the proper procedures to use during an aquatic death investigation. Read the FTCoE’s in-brief, published February 2018, to learn more about this event.

 

Objectives

During this class, attendees learned about topics including, but not limited to:

– Proper documentation of aquatic death scenes
– Preservation of possible water crime scenes
– Bathtub, bucket, toilet, pool, and openwater incidents
– Indications of homicides by drowning
– Autoerotic aquatic asphyxia and aquatic sexual sadism

NIJ and North Carolina State University

Report Date

January 2019

Impact

“3D-ID has been an invaluable tool for us. Many of our unknown persons come from populations south of the Border. We use this program for every case with great success. It has also been a great tool to combine with chemical isotope data, providing a very accurate and powerful result, even in the most complex cases.” -Erin Kimmerle, PhD, Director, Florida Institute of Forensic Anthropology and Applied Science (IFAAS), University of Florida

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Learn more about 3D-ID, a no-cost software that enables forensic anthropologists to estimate sex and ancestry for unknown crania using a method called geographic morphometric analysis. 3D-ID was funded by the NIJ and developed by Dr. Ann Ross of North Carolina State University.

Links

• This no-cost software is accessible to the public on the 3D-ID website and can be downloaded on any computer running Java 1.5 or later.

• An update regarding the newest features of 3D-ID is provided in this FTCoE webinar.

Just Coroners Versus Medical Examiner Systems

In the second episode of our medicolegal death investigation special release season, Just Science interviews John Fudenberg, the Coroner for Clark County, Nevada. Listen along as Just Science explores commonalities and differences between the coroner and medical examiner systems to highlight pervading issues and possible improvements within the MDI community.

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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John Fudenberg is the Coroner for The Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner (CCOCME) and has been with the office since 2003. Mr. Fudenberg brings twenty-five plus years of law enforcement and public service experience to the position, working in Anoka County MN and for the City of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada prior to continuing his career with Clark County. John is a Diplomat with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI). He is the past president of the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners (IAC&ME) Board of Directors, and is the Secretary of the IAC&ME. John is also a past commissioner of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS). John serves on the National Institute of Standards & Technology Organization of Scientific Area Committee (NIST OSAC), as well as Chairman of the Las Vegas Trauma Intervention Program (TIP).


Additional Resources:

Coroner Versus Medical Examiner Systems: Can We End the Debate?

2018 IAC&ME TRAINING SYMPOSIUM

Report: 2018 Medicolegal Death Investigation Stakeholders’ Meeting

MDI & Pathology Resources 

Other Related Podcasts:

Just a Whole-Body CT Image Database

Just the State of Pathology

Just Being Vocal About Vicarious Trauma 

This report was published in RTI Press, a global publisher of peer-reviewed, open-access publications on a broad range of topics. The areas of focus reflect RTI’s multidisciplinary research, our expertise in social and laboratory sciences, and our extensive international activities. Since 2008, the RTI Press has produced more than 100 publications.

Report Date

September 2017

Abstract

On May 10–11, 2016, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI; Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands), the International Society for Forensic Radiology and Imaging (ISFRI), the International Association of Forensic Radiographers (IAFR), and NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) at RTI International organized and convened the International Forensic Radiology Research Summit (IFRRS) at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. The summit assembled 40 international subject matter experts in forensic radiology, to include researchers, practitioners, government employees, and professional staff from 14 countries. The goal of this 2-day summit was to identify gaps, challenges, and research needs to produce a road map to success regarding the state of forensic radiology, including formulating a plan to address the obstacles to implementation of advanced imaging technologies in medicolegal investigations. These proceedings summarize the meeting’s important exchange of technical and operational information, ideas, and solutions for the community and other stakeholders of forensic radiology.

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About the Editors

Nicole S. Jones, MS, is the associate director of strategic planning and operations in the Center for Forensic Sciences (CFS) at RTI International.

Jeri Ropero-Miller, PhD, is a principal investigator (PI) and Senior Research Forensic Scientist in the Center for Forensic Sciences (CFS) at RTI International.

Report Date

September 2018

Report Summary

On February 5–6, 2018, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research and evaluation agency of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), convened a diverse group of stakeholders from across the United States to gather information on strengthening medicolegal death investigations (MDI) nationally. This meeting sought to (1) begin a formal dialogue and engage with the MDI community to better understand how NIJ can assist with high-priority needs, (2) identify solutions to help with challenges encountered by MDI stakeholders, and (3) inform NIJ’s programs and initiatives based on the needs of the MDI community. This report provides an overview of the meeting, its objectives, and topics discussed, including NIJ’s programs to address the community’s needs, NIJ’s program to fund R&D in forensic science, and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

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This report was published in RTI Press, a global publisher of peer-reviewed, open-access publications on a broad range of topics. The areas of focus reflect RTI’s multidisciplinary research, our expertise in social and laboratory sciences, and our extensive international activities. Since 2008, the RTI Press has produced more than 100 publications.

Report Date

April 2018

Abstract

The 2018 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium is intended to promote collaboration and enhance knowledge transfer of NIJ-funded research. The NIJ Forensic Science R&D Program funds both basic or applied R&D projects that will (1) increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice or (2) result in the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods that have the potential for forensic application.The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research; research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science; and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes.

Click here to read the full report

About the Editor

Nicole S. Jones, MS, is the associate director of strategic planning and operations in the Center for Forensic Sciences (CFS) at RTI International.

NIJ and the American Registry of Pathology

Report Date

April 2018

Impact

“The complete mtGenome reference data developed in this project serve as important milestones for the understanding of coding region heteroplasmy and the acceptance of full mtGenome sequencing in worldwide forensic genetics.” -Dr. Walther Parson, Co-PI and Associate Professor, Institute of Legal Medicine, Innsbruck Medical University

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Links

EMPOP

GenBank

AFDIL

NIJ and Multi-Institute Academic Team

Report Date

April 2018

Impact

“This research clearly demonstrated that there is potential to develop microbiome tools for estimating time of death. Developing connections with the right interdisciplinary collaborators was instrumental to the success of this project.” -Jessica Metcalf, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University

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Report Date

February 2018

Description

Drowning is one of the leading causes of “accidental death” in the United States, but it is possible that many of these deaths are, in fact, incidents of foul play. It is important that law enforcement personnel learn how to properly investigate an underwater scene and preserve the evidence. This course, hosted by the Longmont Department of Public Safety and Team LGS, detailed the procedures and tactics for dealing with aquatic death and drowning investigations. The FTCoE funded two practitioners to attend this training to better understand the proper procedures to use during an aquatic death investigation. Read the in-brief to learn more about this event.