Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $308,239)
The goal of this project is to develop and test an innovative instrumental trace evidence analysis approach based on the recovery and quantitative SEM/EDS analysis of fine particles that are found adhering to the surfaces of conventional trace evidence materials. Analysis of these "piggy back" particles can remove a fundamental limitation to the probative value of trace evidence, and provide an independent quantitative means to test hypotheses of common origin. The potential significance of this new instrumental approach is extremely high ultimately it could provide the means to fundamentally change the probative value of trace evidence from one of class association to one of highly individual, testable associations.
- A Statewide Mixed-methods Evaluation of Pennsylvania’s 8th Edition Sentencing Guidelines and their Impacts on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Sentencing Outcomes
- Quantifying the accuracy of low quality DNA sample analysis from genotyping to genealogical searching and integration as a bioinformatic pipeline
- Optimizing Analytical Parameters for Detection of Chronic and Single Dose Drug Exposure in Forensic Hair Analysis