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National Center for Forensic Science Newsletter

November 2016


In this issue:

  • International Presentations
  • New Grants Awarded
  • Outreach: STEM Day at UCF
  • Course Registration Now Open

International Presentations



In September, NCFS faculty and staff gave nine presentations on three continents.  Dr. Sigman, Dr. Bridge, Ms. Williams, and Dr. Maric (pictured L-R above) presented at the 23rd Australian and New Zealand Forensic Society (ANZFSS) International Symposium.
Mary Williams, "Evaporation and biodegradation of ignitable liquids"
Michael Sigman, "Assessing evidentiary value in fire debris analysis by likelihood ratio methods"
Mark Maric, "Characterisation and classification of water-based personal lubricants using DART-TOFMS with multivariate statistics"
Candice Bridge, "ATR-FTIR and DART-TOFMS analysis of silicone based personal lubricants"
Michael E. Sigman and Mary R. Williams, "Assessing the Evidentiary Value of Smokeless Powder Comparisons"
Mary R. Williams and Michael E. Sigman, "Forensic Science Databases"

The presentations by Williams and Sigman focused on forensic fire debris analysis and the analysis of smokeless powders. All four presentations emphasized the role of statistics in interpreting and presenting forensic evidence. The use NCFS databases in forensic data interpretation was demonstrated.

Presentations by Bridge and Maric focused on their research advances in the analysis of lubricants that are often used to facilitate sexual assault.

All presentations were greeted with a very positive response.

Dr. Baudelet traveled to Chamonix, France to give an Invited Talk at the 9th International Conference on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS).
Matthieu Baudelet, "Fundamentals and statistics: the great marriage for the LIBS analysis of trace evidence"



Dr. Martinez (pictured above, far right) and Dr. Baudelet (pictured above, far left) attended SCIX 2016, the great Scientific Exchange in Minneapolis, MN.
Mauro Martinez, "LIBS for Monitoring the Fabrication of Optical Ceramics"
Matthieu Baudelet, "LIBS for Forensic Anthropology"

NIJ Grants

Congratulations to our NCFS faculty and students for their 2016 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awards!  Each year NIJ funds research projects across the criminal justice field.  At the National Center for Forensic Science we are proud to continue contributing to advancements in forensic science research with these awards for Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes.

Grants:

Jack Ballantyne, PhD and Erin Hanson, PhD: “Human Organ Tissue Identification by Targeted RNA Deep Sequencing to Aid in the Investigation of Shooting and Other Traumatic Bodily Injury Incidents”

Candice Bridge, PhD: “Characterization of personal and condom lubricants using DART-TOFMS and comprehensive-GC-MS”

Fellowships:

Danielle Green: "Characterization and Quantification of Microbial Degradation of Sexual Lubricants"

Yasmine Moustafa: “Characterization of personal and condom lubricants using DART-TOFMS and comprehensive GC-MS”

Learn more about National Institute of Justice awards on their website.
 


On October 28, NCFS participated in STEM Day at UCF, a free event with a variety of engaging activities designed for K-12 students.  We were proud to present "Forensic Investigation: Observation vs. Inference" to Middle and High School students.  Learn more about this outreach program here.


STEM Day Fall, 2016
Registration is now open for the January offering of Basic Fire Debris Analysis.  The course will run online January 9 – February 6, 2017.  To register and pay by credit card, please use the button below.  For other payment methods or for more information on the course please visit our website.
In the last 9 months we have had sixty-six students successfully complete our Basic or Advanced Fire Debris Analysis continuing education courses.  Congratulations to all our Fire Debris Analysis students!
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