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National Institute of Justice Congressionally Directed Awards

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2001, $502,382)

The six goals of this cooperative agreement support the continuing development of Marshall University Forensic Science Center as a model working forensic laboratory. As an FRN member, the Center will continue serving as a national resource for the forensic community through its applied analytical services, research, training, and its commitment to technology transfer.
Goals of the cooperative agreement support improvement of the overall efficiency of the CODIS laboratory through streamlining, automation, reducing redundancy to prevent re-analysis of the same sample, and reduction in the time, labor, and cost. Goals for the CODIS laboratory project also support assistance to state and local crime labs through decreasing national convicted offender and unsub backlogs, performing forensic casework analysis on evidence, and providing criminal paternity analysis.
Additional goals include improving the sexual assailant conviction rate by training nurses as sexual assault nurse examiners; establishing a model working computer forensic laboratory to assist local and state forensic laboratories with digital evidence analysis; and by continuing scientific research in the areas of mitochondrial DNA and analytical chemistry.


Date Created: August 2, 2001