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Forensic ID Training and Research Resources at WVU

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2001, $1,647,583)

The overarching goal of this program is to provide product and services of importance to forensic science laboratories and practitioners, to ultimately allow them to enhance the capacity and capabilities of their laboratories and operations. The Forensic Science Initiative at West Virginia University (WVU FSI) employs funds from this cooperative agreement for program support, and then forwards specific efforts related to: 1) enhancement of the scientific basis of forensic fiber examinations, comparisons and interpretations; 2) cold vs. hot project proposes research into the organizational and workflow of cold case squads specifically targeting how they utilize forensic resources; 3) support the position of Forensic Science Initiative Director that will play a critical role in the identification, development, coordination, and execution of forensic science research and development projects to support state, local forensic science labs; 4) to support the position of a PI to oversee the entire Technical Working Group(TWG) process, facilitate the agenda meetings and the progress of a TWG; 5) renovate 5000 square feet of lab space to provide biological, chemical, and patterned evidence, analytical lab space for teaching and staff; and 6) to enable WVU within the Forensic Resource Network to support community outreach projects such as a joint project with NFSTC Hair Atlas and Hair Academy, Induction of Automotive Textile Reference Collection, Assist ASCLD in organizing and running a successful symposium on crime lab development in 2002 and 2003. As a Forensic Resource Network partner, the WVU FSI through these funds will also contribute to the overall goals and mission for this important NIJ-funded consortium.


Date Created: July 30, 2001