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Emerging Forensic Research Series: Firearms and Toolmarks Research

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90 minutes

Forensic science research and development plays a key role in the advancement of the practice of forensic science, as noted by the 2009 National Academies of Science report “Strengthening Forensic Sciences in the United States: A Path Forward.”

In this installment of the Emerging Research series, three researchers will present on their current research in the firearms and toolmarks discipline. Dr. Robert Maher from the University of Montana will discuss his work analyzing firearm acoustical characteristics and progress on building a database of these signatures from personal recording devices. Dr. Rene Rodriguez of Idaho State University will present on his work recovering defaced serial numbers on various materials.

Detailed Learning Objectives:

1. Overview of three NIJ-supported emerging research projects in the firearms and toolmarks discipline and their progress

2. Potential impact of these emerging firearms-related research projects to the forensic community

3. Discussion of next steps and transition of this research into the forensic community

Date Created: February 6, 2019