National Institute of Justice

Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium

American Academy of Forensic Sciences 71st Annual Scientific Meeting

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 5:10 p.m.


The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium is an open meeting where attendees can learn about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas. Feel free to stop by and listen to specific presentations or stay all day and learn about the diverse NIJ forensic science R&D portfolio.

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  8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Gerald M. LaPorte, MSFS

Morning Session I—Impression and Pattern Evidence/Trace Evidence
Moderated by Gregory Dutton, PhD

  8:40 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Developing Effective Methods for Addressing Contextual Bias in Forensic Science
William C. Thompson, PhD, JD
  9:05 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Finding the Region of Origin of Bloodspatters in Complex Situations: Physical Description, New Data, Tools, and Reconstruction Method
Daniel Attinger, PhD
  9:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Raman Microspectroscopy and Advanced Statistics for the Detection and Characterization of Gunshot Residue
Igor K. Lednev, PhD
  9:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. The Consistent Single-Shot Detection of Organic and Inorganic Residues From One Sample Using Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) and Host-Guest Complexes
Suzanne Bell, PhD
10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Break

Morning Session II—Forensic Biology/DNA
Moderated by Gregory Dutton, PhD

10:35 a.m. – 11:00 a.m A Method to Estimate the Age of Bloodstains using Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Robert W. Allen, PhD
11:00 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. A Proteomic Analysis of a Single Human Hair for Ancestral Classification
Zachary C. Goecker MPS
11:25 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Cellular Autofluorescence Signatures for the Determination of Tissue Type, Age of Evidence, and Separating Contributors From Biological Mixtures
Christopher J. Ehrhardt, PhD
11:50 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Ultrahigh-Speed Direct Polymerasae Chain Reaction (PCR): A Method for Obtaining Short Tandem Repeat (STR) -Based Genotypes in Less Than Six Minutes
Bruce R. McCord, PhD
12:15 p.m. –  1:35 p.m. Lunch Break—On Your Own

Afternoon Session I—Controlled Substances and Toxicology
Moderated by Frances Scott, PhD


  1:35 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

A Chemical Analysis of Controlled Substances Using Automated Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction—Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry
Jorn Chi-Chung Yu, PhD
  2:00 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Δ9-THC Infused Foods
Jason Schimschal, MS
  2:25 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

The Detection and Quantification of Synthetic Opioids in Oral Fluid
Michael Truver; Kaitlyn B. Palmquist, BS
  2:50 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

A Comparison of Two Validated Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) Methods for the Quantitative Analysis of Opioids, Cocaine, and Cocaine Metabolites in Biological Matrices
Rebecca Wagner, PhD
  3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break

Afternoon Session II—Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Pathology
Moderated by Danielle L. McLeod-Hemming, MFS


  3:30 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. The Detection of Insect Stains From Four Species of Necrophagous Flies on Household Materials Using Immunoassays
David B. Rivers, PhD
  3:55 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. ICPUTRD: Image Cloud Platform for Use in Tagging and Research on Decomposition
Audris Mockus, PhD
  4:20 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. An Analysis of Alternate Light in the Detection of Cutaneous Bruises: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial
Katherine Scafide, PhD
  4:45 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. Using Fundamental Mechanics to Predict Infant Skull Fracture Patterns
Brittany Coats, PhD