Overview

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) assisted the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in hosting the annual NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium on February 23, 2016 at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium is a free and open meeting where attendees learned about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas.

Conference Proceedings

RTI Press – Conference Proceedings: National Institute of Justice Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium

Archived Presentations

Morning Session I: Impression, Pattern & Trace Evidence

Presentation Topics:
Mobile, Automated Tool Mark Characterization/Comparison System
ACEware Latent Fingerprint Identification Research and Software Development
Isotope Analysis of Hair as a Trace Evidence Tool to Reconstruct Human Movements: Establishing the Effects of the “Human Ecosystem” on Strontium and Oxygen Isotope Ratios

Morning Session II: Forensic Biology and DNA

Presentation Topics:
► A Hybrid Machine Learning Approach for DNA Mixture Interpretation – Michael Marciano
► Delivery of a Microfluidic Acoustic Sperm Cell Trapping Prototype for Rapid Processing of Sexual Assault Evidence
► Isolation of Sperm DNA Through Protamine Capture
► Robust STR Calling High-throughput Sequencing Technologies
► Measuring Rates of mtDNA Heteroplasmy and Assessing Transmission of Variants

Afternoon Session I: Anthropology and Microbial Forensics

Presentation Topics:
► NSF and NIJ – A Partnership to Advance Fundamental Research in Forensic Science
► The Transformation of Data Collection Procedures for Forensic Skeletal Material: Evaluating Osteometric Data in Forensic Anthropology
► A Multidisciplinary Validation Study of Nonhuman Animal Models for Human Decomposition Research
► Postmortem Changes and Translocation of Bacterial Community Structure and Function for use in Criminal Investigations

Afternoon Session II: Controlled Substances and Toxicology

Presentation Topics:
► Dried Blood Spot Analysis as an Emerging Technology for Application in Forensic Toxicology
► Characterization and Abuse of Electronic Cigarettes: The Efficacy of “Personal Vaporizers” as an Illicit Drug Delivery System
► Should Forensic Laboratories Embrace Ultra-High Performance Supercritical Fluid Chromatography as a Separation Technique for the Analysis of Seized Drugs?
► A New Approach to Drug Screening in Forensic Toxicology: Paper Spray Mass Spectrometry

Symposium Agenda

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