NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium is an open meeting where attendees can learn about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas. You can register to attend the Symposium in person or virtually; however, American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting registration is not necessary to attend. Feel free to stop by to listen to specific presentations and view posters, or stay all day and learn about the diverse NIJ forensic science R&D portfolio.


Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium

Tentative Agenda — Tuesday, February 14, 2023

The podium presentations will take place from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. A Q&A session for each presenter will directly follow their presentation.

Podium Presentations

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks | Lucas Zarwell, Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences, NIJ

Session I

Impression and Pattern Evidence/Trace Evidence | Moderated by NIJ Program Manager Gregory Dutton

8:40 AM - 9:05 AM

Applying the NIST Footwear Impression Comparison System to Comparisons Involving Realistic Crime Scene Impressions | Steve Lund, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

9:05 AM - 9:30 AM

Novel Ambient Oxidation Trends in Fingerprint Aging Discovered by High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry | Andrew E. Paulson, Iowa State University

9:30 AM - 9:55 AM

Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Enables Highly Accurate Identification of Different Brands, Types, and Colors of Hair Dyes | Dmitry Kurouski, Texas A&M University

9:55 AM - 10:20 AM

Application of Particle Correlated Raman Spectroscopy (PCRS) for the Forensic Examination of Soils | Brooke W. Kammrath, University of New Haven

10:20 AM - 10:35 AM


Session II

Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Pathology | Moderated by NIJ Program Manager, Danielle McLeod-Henning

10:35 AM - 11:00 AM

GIS Application for Building a Nationally Representative Forensic Taphonomy Database | Katherine Weisensee, Clemson University

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM

Germ-Line Transformation of Forensically Important Flies | Amber MacInnis, Florida International University

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

Bone Trauma and Thermal Alteration of Human Remains | Giovanna M. Vidoli, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

11:50 AM - 12:15 PM

Development of the Forensic Anthropology Skeletal Trauma (FAST) Database | Angela L. Harden, The Ohio State University

12:15 PM - 1:25 PM

Lunch Break - On Your Own

Session III

Seized Drugs and Toxicology | Moderated by NIJ Program Manager, Frances Scott

1:25 PM - 1:50 PM

Detectability of Δ10-THC's Chiral Analogs in Urine by Six Commercially Available Homogeneous Immunoassays | Carl E. Wolf, Virginia Commonwealth University

1:50 PM - 2:15 PM

Assessment of the Contribution to Drug-Impaired Driving from Emerging and Undertested Drugs | Amanda L.A. Mohr, Center for Forensic Science Research and Education

2:15 PM - 2:40 PM

A Molecular Networking Approach to Processing Untargeted High Resolution Mass mSpectrometry Data in Forensic Toxicology | Heather Barkholtz, University of Wisconsin–Madison

2:40 PM - 3:05 PM

High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry Screening in Forensic Toxicology: Cost Benefit Analysis | Sarah Kerrigan, Houston Forensic Science Center. Jessica Ayala, Sam Houston State University

3:05 PM - 3:20 PM


Session IV

Forensic Biology/DNA | Moderated by NIJ Program Manager, Tracey Johnson

3:20 PM - 3:45 PM

Validation of a Confirmatory Proteomic Mass Spectrometry Body Fluid Assay for Use in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories | Erin Butler, New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

3:45 PM - 4:10 PM

Biological Sample Analysis Using Prediction Modeling for Early Mixture Detection | Tracey Dawson Green, Virginia Commonwealth University

4:10 PM - 4:35 PM

DNA Analysis Findings from Male Sexual Assault Victims: Multidisciplinary Practice Implications | Julie L. Valentine, Brigham Young University

Poster Session

The poster presentations will be from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. The poster room doors will remain open until 8:00 PM for self-guided tours. For those who wish to access the posters virtually, more information can be found here: http://ow.ly/Z9yc50LWOAb

A Universal Method for the Detection of Organic and Inorganic Gunshot Residue Based on Fast Fluorescence Mapping and Raman Spectroscopic Identification

Igor K. Lednev, University at Albany – State University of New York

Development of an Empirical Fingerprint Aging Model Using Fingerprints Analyzed with Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry

Daphne R. Patten, Iowa State University

Revisiting the Set Value for the Minimum Drip Stain Size

Garam Lee, Boston University

Extraction and Quantification of Fentanyl and Metabolites from Complex Biological Matrices to Support Medicolegal Death Investigations

Joseph Cox, Florida International University

Utilizing eDNA from Four Biological Taxa Associated with Geologic Evidence for Sample-to-Sample Comparisons and Study Site Separation

Teresa M. Tiedge, North Carolina State University

Analysis of Less Volatile Components in Ignitable Liquids by Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry and Versatile Sampling Strategy

Mengliang Zhang, Middle Tennessee State University

Development of an Interactive Database of Contemporary Material Properties for Computer Fire Modeling

Mark B. McKinnon, Underwriters Laboratories Fire Safety Research Institute

Rapid Association of Commingled Remains by their Chemical Profile

Kristen M. Livingston, University of Central Florida

Personal Identification Using Part-to-Part Comparison of 3D Lumbar Geometry Using Antemortem and Postmortem Computed Tomography

Summer J. Decker, University of South Florida Health & Tampa General Hospital

You Are What You Eat! Identification of the Matrices on Which Necrophagous Insects Feed Using Direct Analysis in Real Time–High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (DART–HRMS) and Chemometrics

Rabi A. Musah, University at Albany – State University of New York

Developing Subadult Sex Estimation Standards Using Adult Morphological Sex Traits and an Ontogenetic Approach

Stephanie J. Cole, University of Nevada, Reno

An Osteometric Approach to Separating Commingled Pelvic and Foot Joints

Helen Litavec, Binghamton University

Combining Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) and Mass Spectrometry Techniques to Increase Sensitivity and Specificity in Toxicological Drug Analysis in Blood Plasma

Vitoria Simas, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

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