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Just a Survivor’s Perspective and Reflection

In episode one of our 2021 Sexual Assault Awareness Month mini season, Just Science sat down with author, non-profit founder, and sexual assault survivor Natasha Alexenko to discuss her book, A Survivor’s Journey, and the importance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Every survivor of sexual…
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Just Polysubstance Use and the Importance of Data Trends

In episode ten, Just Science interviews Josh Yohannan, a forensic chemist and expert in emerging drug trends, about polysubstance use in the opioid overdose epidemic.  Polysubstance use dramatically increases the potential for overdose or negative side effects of drug use. While there is no “one-size-fits-all” description of…
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Just Addressing the Stigma of Substance Abuse Disorder

In episode nine, Just Science interviews Clarence Jordan, the Vice President of Wellness and Recovery at Beacon Health Options, to discuss stigma and its impact to programs designed to support those with substance use disorder and on individual level outcomes.  There is no shortage of stigma surrounding the overdose crisis facing our…
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Just the DEA National Forensic Laboratory Information System

In episode eight, Just Science interviews DeMia Pressley from the DEA’s Diversion Control Division to discuss the importance of information sharing across law enforcement and public health agencies through forensic partnerships.  The National Forensic Laboratory Information System, otherwise known as NFLIS, is a…
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Just Building Policy From The Ground Up

In episode seven, Just Science interviews Dr. Alex Kral, an infectious disease epidemiologist at RTI International, about innovative policy solutions to improve outcomes for people with substance use disorder.  Community-based research takes place within community settings and involves community members which allows a better understanding of the struggles that each…
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Understanding the Statistics Behind Forensic Conclusions Workshop Series

Interactive Workshop Duration: 20 hour(s) Since the dawn of forensic DNA analyses in the 1980s, legal and scientist scholars have pushed for strengthening the logical and statistical foundations of forensic science. In the U.S., this impulsion has resulted in reports…
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The Sequel – Marijuana or Hemp: From Farm Bill to Forensic Analysis

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 2 hour(s) Due to the overwhelming attendance and interaction for the first Marijuana or Hemp: From Farm Bill to Forensic Analysis webinar that was originally held on January 15th 2020,…
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Results of a Black Box Study on the Accuracy and Reliability of Palm Print Comparisons

Thursday, March 12th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) In 2011, a team of researchers from the FBI and Noblis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the first large-scale black box…

Just the NIJ Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices

<<< back to all episodes In episode one of the Improving the System season, Just Science interviews Dr. Jonathan McGrath, Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences at the National Institute of Justice, about the recently published…

2019 National Institute of Justice Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium

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…
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ASCLD Train the Director Series – Quality Assurance: Beyond Accreditation

← Back to Series  Thursday, January 9th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) Accreditation and quality assurance are two terms that are commonly used within the forensic science community. Many forensic laboratory mission statements incorporate…
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Communicating Conclusions in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) The results of a bloodstain pattern analysis are communicated through written reports and courtroom testimony.  Principles of communication science will be discussed and explained to develop…
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Best Practices in Novel Psychoactive Substances Testing for Laboratory Practitioners

NIJ’s FTCoE and Center for Forensic Science Research and Education   Report Date September 2019 Introduction New psychoactive substances (NPS) have always presented a challenge to analytical laboratories tasked with identifying drugs in biological and nonbiological material. The pace at…

Special Release: Just the Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners

<<< back to all podcasts Just the Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners In this special release episode, Just Science interviews Dr. Hope Smiley-McDonald and Connor Brooks about the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners. The…
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Module 8: Probabilistic Genotyping Summation and Special Topics

← Back to Series  Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series Module 8: Probabilistic Genotyping Summation and Special Topics Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration: 4 hour(s) Throughout the Probabilistic…
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MODULE 7: Uncertainty and Limitations of Probabilistic Genotyping Systems

← Back to Series  Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series Module 7: Uncertainty and Limitations of Probabilistic Genotyping Systems Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 from 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration: 4 hour(s)…
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Module 5: Representation of Statistical Weight to Stakeholders and the Court

← Back to Series  Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series Module 5: Representation of Statistical Weight to Stakeholders and the Court Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 from 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration:…

MODULE 4: VALIDATION OF PROBABILISTIC GENOTYPING SYSTEMS FOR CASEWORK USAGE

← Back to Series  Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series Module 4: Validation of Probabilistic Genotyping Systems for Casework Usage Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 from 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration: 4…

MODULE 2: STATISTICAL GENETICS AND THE MECHANISMS OF PROBABILISTIC GENOTYPING

← Back to Series  Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series Module 2: Statistical Genetics and the Mechanisms of Probabilistic Genotyping  Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 from 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration: 4…

Module 1: The Elements of DNA Profile Interpretation and Probabilistic Genotyping

← Back to Series  Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series Module 1: The Elements of DNA Profile Interpretation and Probabilistic Genotyping Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 from 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration:…

Building Forensic Capacity Post-Conflict: Lessons from Uganda

← Back to Series  Thursday, March 28, 2019 2:00:00 PM ET – 3:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) This presentation introduces research conducted in Uganda at the nexus of forensic science and transitional justice, highlighting a large-scale forensic investigation and…

Forensic Advancement: Just Transparency in Public Communications

<<< back to all podcasts Just Transparency in Public Communications In episode nine of the Forensic Advancement season, Just Science interviews Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Director of Communications for the Houston Forensic Science Center, concerning the role of transparency in the forensics…

Conference Proceedings: 2018 Impression Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium

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…

Success Story: NIST’s Dogs and Sensor Subcommittee Builds on Achievements by SWGDOG

NIJ and Florida International University Report Date April 2018 Impact “SWGDOG set the stage and provided a strong foundation of canine detector best practices that the OSAC Dogs and Sensor Subcommittee is currently developing into scientifically robust standards. The Subcommittee…