Just Lessons Learned in Forensic Technology Transition

Just Lessons Learned in Forensic Technology Transition

Original Release Date: February 2, 2024

In episode four of our Roadmap to Improving Technology Transition season, Just Science sat down with Dr. Catherine Grgicak, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers University-Camden, and Stephanie Stoiloff, Chief of the Forensic Services Division at the Miami-Dade Police Department, to discuss their real-world experiences with introducing new forensic technology into practice. 

While new forensic research products are often innovative and interesting, they may not always be practical in operational forensic laboratories. Researchers should lean on practitioner input to develop technologies that fill a necessary gap, are unbiased, and offer benefits over existing technologies. Listen along as Dr. Grgicak and Stephanie describe lessons learned in their own experiences with technology transition, strategies for approaching product validation, and advice from both an academic and a practitioner perspective.  

This episode is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (Award No. 15PNIJ-21-GK-02192-MUMU). 

Some content in this podcast may be considered sensitive and may evoke emotional responses, or may not be appropriate for younger audiences. 

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Episode Citation

Shute, R., Grgicak, C., & Stoiloff, S. (2024, February 2). Just Science. Just Lessons Learned in Forensic Technology Transition. [Audio podcast episode]. The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

Guest Biography

Catherine Grgicak is an Associate Professor and Henry Rutgers Chair in the Department of Chemistry at Rutgers University in Camden NJ. She received her B.S. in Physical Science and B.Ed. from the University of Windsor, her M.S.F.S. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa. Her Laboratory for Forensic Technology and Integration (LFTDI) is focused on developing systems and procedures that improve forensically relevant bio-analytical processes. She is a member of the Journal of Forensic Science’s editorial board, editorial board of Electrophoresis, Forensic Laboratory Needs Technical Working Group, Expert Working Group on Human Factors in DNA Interpretation, American Society of Forensic Sciences, the International Society of Forensic Genetics and the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology at Rutgers University. 

Stephanie Stoiloff currently serves as Senior Bureau Commander of the Miami-Dade Police Department Forensic Services Bureau which includes an accredited crime laboratory. The laboratory provides forensic services for the Miami-Dade Police Department, all municipal agencies in Miami-Dade County and state and federal agencies, on request. The Forensic Services Bureau has four sections: Analytical, Forensic Biology, Forensic Identification, and Fingerprint Identification. Ms. Stoiloff currently serves on the National Institute of Justice Forensic Laboratory Needs Technical Working Group, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Rapid DNA Crime Scene Technology Advancement Task Group, the External Board of Advisors for the Florida International University International Forensic Research Institute, the Major Cities Chiefs Forensic Science Committee, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Police Investigative Operations Committee, and the Practitioner and Technical Advisory Board for the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE). Ms. Stoiloff has served on the American Society of Crime Laboratories (ASCLD) Board of Directors as well as served as a member of the Technical Working Group for the Preservation of Biological Evidence and the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Response (SAFER) Working Group. Ms. Stoiloff has provided presentations on topics including accreditation, managing forensic operations, biological evidence preservation, and Rapid DNA analysis at national and international meetings including the National Governors Association, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. 

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