Registration Open: NIJ's Forensic Science R&D Symposium

Onsite registration for the National Institute of Justice's Forensic Science R&D Symposium opened earlier this month. The symposium is a free and open meeting where attendees can learn about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas.

Registrants are invited to stop by and listen to specific presentations or stay all day and learn about the diverse NIJ forensic science R&D portfolio.

The event will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Topics will include:

  • The Fluid Dynamics of Droplet Impact on Inclined Surfaces with Application to Forensic Blood Spatter Analysis
  • Illuminating Lifestyles by Metabolomics of Personal Objects
  • Audio Forensics of Gunshot Sounds
  • Characterization of Organic Firearms Discharge Residue: Progress and Potential
  • Forensic DNA Phenotyping of Quantitative Pigment in Human Physical Appearance Prediction
  • Proteomic Analysis of Menstrual Blood for Forensic Identification
  • An Optimized DNA Analysis Workflow for the Sampling, Extraction, and Concentration of DNA Obtained from Archived Latent Fingerprints
  • The Enhancement of the Native American CODIS STR Database for use in Forensic Casework
  • Measuring Desiccation: A System Using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
  • Statistical Methods for Combining Multivariate and Categorical Data in Postmortem Interval Estimation
  • The Isotopic Taphonomy of Human Hair
  • Adult Skeletal Age Estimation: Tackling Long-Standing Problems with a New Approach
  • Novel Blood Protein Modification Assay for Retrospective Detection of Drug Exposure
  • Stability of Synthetic Cathinones in Biological Evidence
  • Towards Development of a Mass Spectrometric Database for Rapid Identification of Plant Drugs of Abuse Using Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry
  • One Pot Methamphetamine Effluent Characterization

More information and registration here

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