Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)
Media Forensics is the practice and research of forensics applications pertaining to today's media (i.e. audio, video, digital photographs, computer hard drives and other digital storage devices). The mission of the National Center for Media Forensics (NCMF) is to establish a cutting-edge forensics center fostering innovation in the development of new knowledge, applications, methodologies, products, research, education, community outreach and services relating to media forensics. Although the NCMF has both research and educational components, this funding will be used to supplement start-up resources for a new Master of Science in Media Forensics graduate program (commencing Fall 2010) and continuing education for law enforcement (available Summer 2010). The new graduate degree will be one of the first of its type in the United States. It will be a rigorous, 48 credit hour program, informed by research and lab experiences.
This gradate program will prepare students for employment in research, teaching and the practice of media forensic work and will be taught by world renowned professionals and educators that are highly respected in their various fields.