2011-2015 NIJ Success Stories
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“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 a body of science that can help firearms examiners convince a jury of the accuracy of firearms identification for certain firearms barrels.” – Benjamin Bachrach, PhD Intelligent Automation, Inc.
“The importance of this work is in the ideas it brought forward. It opened up new ways for the forensics community to think about how to do rapid genotyping.” – Micah Halpern, PhD Principal Investigator Formerly, Midwest Research Institute
“The NIJ was the first group to really give us a chance, to believe that there was something to our vision, and the NIJ grants that we were awarded were major building blocks in our development.” – Richard Selden CEO NetBio
“In life and death the body is its own ecosystem.” – Franklin Damann, PhD National Museum of Health and Medicine
“Without the NIJ funding, none of this would have happened. We wouldn’t be getting proper sex estimates for people who are considered Hispanic, or properly be able to identify their geographic origin with confidence. The funding was absolutely crucial.” – Kate Spradley, PhD Biological Anthropologist Texas State University–San Marcos
“Ultimately, I think the most powerful application of this technology is going to be performing immediate analysis on DNA samples that are taken when people are arrested for felonies, because it will help keep serial criminals off the streets.” – Richard Mathies, PhD Chemist and Professor UC Berkeley