This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $3,250,125)
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) employment of hand-held computer devices to increase the productivity of forensic DNA and other laboratory operations; 3) support for a conference on Science & the Law and a conference for Crime Laboratory Directors to improve the knowledge base of stakeholders of, and key leaders in, forensic science, effectuating the utility of forensic results in the criminal justice process; and 4) specific research programs related to fractals and pattern evidence, watermarking databank files, glass database information mining, and advancing forensic computer science. 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.
West Virginia University in partnership with the Forensic Resource Network supports state and local crime laboratories in their efforts to establish and maintain the level of quality services demanded by the criminal justice system and the public. This is accomplished by providing innovative solutions to challenges facing the forensic science community through the delivery of technology based training tools, aid in systems support, and quality assurance products. This proposal will include the following projects: FSRC Instrumentation, Cathodoluminescence (CLM), Sagem-Morpho, Wells Start-up, SWGFAST Source Book, Geology & GIS, Process Mapping, mtDNA with UNI, Community Outreach.
The purpose of this proposal is for West Virginia University to provide the following support to the forensic community: (1) Start-up research projects for Forensic Biology and Forensic Chemistry Faculty; (2) Economic Impact and Management Studies of the Forensic Sciences; (3) Automated Fingerprint Identification System and Integrated Ballistics Identification Systems Training; (4) Forensic Community Outreach and the Forensic Resource Network/Crime Lab Improvement Program Conference; (5) Friction Ridge Detail Study; (6) Computation Data Mining; (7) Forensic Information Management System; (8) Expansion of Estimating Time Since Deposition of Biological Materials; (9) Fractal Analysis of Patterned Evidence and (10) Presidential DNA Hair Workshops through the President's DNA initiative.
The purpose of this proposal is for West Virginia University to provide the following support to the forensic community: (1) The Forensic Science Initiative of WVU will continue to assist the critical needs of state and local forensic science laboratories with various research and development projects. (2) Forensic Post-Docs will develop a model program that will bring together practitioners, research and advanced degreed academics to create a more collaborative approach to the educational experience. (3) FMI Certification will provide a business management program to 40 laboratory managers. (4) Instrumentation for WVU Forensic faculty, researchers and staff; to keep them current with the latest technology. (5) Forensic Community Outreach 2006 programs that will sponsor ASCLD, IAI and other various meetings and conferences. nca/ncf