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Forensics Agenda 2022

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Introduction
Speaker(s)
  • Robert Ramotowski , NIST
  • Shyam Sunder, NIST
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SPECIAL PROGRAMS OVERVIEW
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Forensic Research Program Overview
Speaker(s)
  • Robert Ramotowski , NIST
  • Shyam Sunder, NIST
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Foundations Overview
Speaker(s)
  • Kelly Sauerwein, NIST
  • Robert Thompson, NIST
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Process Map Update
Speaker(s)
  • Melissa Taylor, NIST
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Break
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Human Factors Update
Speaker(s)
  • Melissa Taylor, NIST
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Evidence Management Update
Speaker(s)
  • Robert Thompson, NIST
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OSAC Updates
Speaker(s)
  • John Paul Jones, NIST
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SPO Q&A
Speaker(s)
  • Robert Ramotowski , NIST
  • Shyam Sunder, NIST
  • Kelly Sauerwein, NIST
  • Robert Thompson, NIST
  • Melissa Taylor, NIST
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Lunch Break
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FORENSICS GENETICS
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Overview of Research Activities in the Applied Genetics Group
Speaker(s)
  • Peter Vallone, NIST
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Overview of Sequencing Activities in the Applied Genetics Group
Speaker(s)
  • Katherine Gettings, NIST
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Genetics Q&A
Speaker(s)
  • Peter Vallone, NIST
  • Katherine Gettings, NIST
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Break
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FORENSIC SCIENCE QUALITY ASSURANCE (FSQA)
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Forensic Science Quality Assurance Overview
Speaker(s)
  • Melissa Phillips, NIST
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Rapid DNA Multilaboratory Studies
Speaker(s)
  • Erica Romsos , NIST
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Seized Drug Screening with Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry
Speaker(s)
  • Ed Sisco, NIST
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Combining Examiner and Algorithm Decisions in Facial Forensics
Speaker(s)
  • P. Jonathon Phillips , NIST
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FSQAP Q&A
Speaker(s)
  • Melissa Phillips, NIST
  • Erica Romsos , NIST
  • Ed Sisco, NIST
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Closing
Speaker(s)
  • Robert Ramotowski , NIST
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DIGITAL EVIDENCE
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Overview of the NIST Digital Evidence Program
Speaker(s)
  • Barbara Guttman, NIST
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NSRL
Speaker(s)
  • Doug White, NIST
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CFTT
Speaker(s)
  • Jim Lyle, NIST
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CFReDS
Speaker(s)
  • Jenise Reyes Rodriguez , NIST
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Digital Evidence Q&A
Speaker(s)
  • Barbara Guttman, NIST
  • Doug White, NIST
  • Jim Lyle, NIST
  • Jenise Reyes Rodriguez , NIST
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Break
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BIOMETRICS
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Biometric Focus Area Update
Speaker(s)
  • Greg Fiumara, NIST
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Forensic Iris: A Review
Speaker(s)
  • Dr. James Matey, NIST
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Facial Examiner Cross-Race Bias
Speaker(s)
  • Dr. Amy Yates , NIST
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Forensic Facial Examiners vs. Super-recognizers: Evaluating Behavior Beyond Accuracy
Speaker(s)
  • Dr. Carina Hahn , NIST
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Biometrics Q&A
Speaker(s)
  • Greg Fiumara, NIST
  • Dr. James Matey, NIST
  • Dr. Amy Yates , NIST
  • Dr. Carina Hahn , NIST
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Lunch Break
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FIREARMS AND TOOLMARKS
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Firearms and Toolmarks Overview
Speaker(s)
  • Johannes Soons, NIST
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Firearms and Toolmarks Q&A
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Break
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STATISTICS
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Statistics Overview
Speaker(s)
  • Steve Lund, NIST
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Statistics Q&A
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Drugs & Toxicology
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Are Commercial Hemp Products Accurately Labeled for THC?
Speaker(s)
  • Brent Wilson, NIST
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Developing the Infrastructure for Reliable Cannabis Breathalyzer Devices
Speaker(s)
  • Kavita Jeerage , NIST
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Objective Image Analysis for THC Determination using the 4-Aminophenol Colorimetric Test
Speaker(s)
  • Ruthmara Corzo , NIST
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Q&A Cannabis
Speaker(s)
  • Brent Wilson, NIST
  • Kavita Jeerage , NIST
  • Ruthmara Corzo , NIST
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Development of a Near Real-time Drug Landscape Monitoring Platform using Trace Residues
Speaker(s)
  • Meghan Appley, NIST
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NIST – Mass Spectrometry Data Center Tools & Resources for Seized Drug Analysis
Speaker(s)
  • Edward Erisman , NIST
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Rethinking the GC-MS Workflow for Seized Drug Analysis
Speaker(s)
  • Edward Sisco , NIST
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Q&A Seized Drugs
Speaker(s)
  • Meghan Appley, NIST
  • Edward Erisman , NIST
  • Edward Sisco , NIST
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Break
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Computational Forensic Science
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Forensics Science Data Portal
Speaker(s)
  • Gretchen Greene, NIST
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Q&A CFS
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Lunch Break
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Mass Spectrometry-Based Genetically Variant Peptide Discovery in Hair - Development of a More Comprehensive and Extensible Peptide Spectral
Speaker(s)
  • Zheng (Jane) Zhang , NIST
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Comparison of SRM 610 and 612 Macro and Micro-Scale Measurements to Community Consensus Values
Speaker(s)
  • Nick Sharp, NIST
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Optimizing Ignitable Liquid Recovery from Simulated Fire Debris without Carbon Disulfide
Speaker(s)
  • Jennifer Berry, NIST
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Visualizing the Transport of Gunshot Residue Using Laser Sheet Scattering, High Speed Video-graphy, and Airborne Particle Sampling
Speaker(s)
  • Matthew Staymates , NIST
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Characterization of Polymeric Source Materials Used in 3D-printing by Micro X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry
Speaker(s)
  • Ruthmara Corzo , NIST
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Plan and Certification Status of Candidate SRM 4600 – the First of Two Surrogate Post-detonation Urban Debris Reference Materials
Speaker(s)
  • Mark Tyra, NIST
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Q&A Trace
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Break
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CSAFE Overview
Speaker(s)
  • Alicia Carriquiry , CSAFE
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CSAFE Firearms & Toolmark Analysis
Speaker(s)
  • Maria Cuellar , CSAFE
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CSAFE Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Speaker(s)
  • Tong Zou, CSAFE
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CSAFE Handwriting Analysis
Speaker(s)
  • Danica Ommen , CSAFE
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Q&A CSAFE
Speaker(s)
  • Alicia Carriquiry , CSAFE
  • Maria Cuellar , CSAFE
  • Tong Zou, CSAFE
  • Danica Ommem,
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Closing Remarks
Speaker(s)
  • Robert Ramotowski , NIST
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How It's Made: NIST Forensic DNA Reference Materials

The workshop topics focus on NIST forensic DNA reference materials.  Current and historical forensic DNA reference materials will be used to illustrate their role in: establishing traceability, harmonizing data exchange, commercial development of testing kits, and supporting quality systems.   The material procurement, physical characterization, and informed consent aspects of reference material development will be addressed. Examples of how materials are used will be presented by practitioners. 

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Speaker(s)
  • Pete Vallone, NIST
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NIST 2022 Forensic Cannabis Workshop

This workshop will include presentations from NIST researchers and forensic scientists from outside of NIST. Session 1 presenters will provide an overview of the current state of cannabis testing in forensic laboratories moving from qualitative to quantitative measurements. Speakers will provide insight on modifications/issues encountered, while also providing insight into current and future needs. Session 2 presenters will focus on laboratory quality assurance in forensic laboratories and the Cannabis Laboratory Quality Assurance Program. The workshop will include a live round table discussion for the presenters to answer questions and exchange ideas with the audience. 

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Speaker(s)
  • Brent Walter Wilson, NIST
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Mass Spectral Interpretation – Tips and Tools for GC-EI-MS and High-Resolution MS Data

Mass spectrometry is one of the most commonly employed analytical tools in forensic chemistry disciplines. While many users employ large mass spectral databases for interpretation, there are use cases where more in-depth analysis is required (e.g. new psychoactive substances that are not present in a database). This workshop will provide attendees with tips and tricks for mass spectral interpretation as well as demonstrate some of the tools that are available from NIST to further assist chemists in interpreting spectra. This workshop will emphasize data obtained from gas chromatography electron ionization mass spectrometry (GC-EI-MS), but ambient ionization high-resolution mass spectrometry data will also be discussed. 

Ed Sisco, Arun Moorthy  

 

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Speaker(s)
  • Ed Sisco, NIST
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Process Mapping

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through its Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), has been working with practitioners in various forensic science disciplines to produce process maps that identify key decision points in the forensic evidence examination process. Process mapping visually represents the critical steps and decision points of a workflow, allowing others to understand a process and its components more clearly, and revealing areas of improvement.

These process maps are intended to be used to help improve efficiencies while reducing errors, highlight gaps where further research or standardization would be beneficial, facilitate root cause analyses, and assist with training new investigators. It may also be used by laboratory managers to better understand how their protocols compare with those of other laboratories and provide a framework for developing standard operating procedures, best practice documents, and quality assurance measures.

In this workshop, we will discuss the development process and guide the participants through the steps involved in three forensic disciplines: latent print examination, handwriting examination, and firearms examination.

At the end of the workshop, participants will understand the purpose and value of process mapping, how process maps can be used to inform contextual information management and cognitive bias reduction strategies, and how they can aid in the standardization of forensic processes and terminology.

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Speaker(s)
  • Melissa Taylor, NIST
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Application & Implementation of 3D Technology, Algorithms, and Statistics for Forensic Firearm and Toolmark Analysis

This workshop aims to provide forensic practitioners, laboratory managers, legal personnel, and researchers with knowledge of emerging tools and technologies for forensic firearm and toolmark analysis. Training topics include the theory behind different styles of microscopes for measuring three-dimensional (3D) toolmark topography, measurement quality assurance, data processing methods, quantitative toolmark similarity metrics, statistical frameworks for estimating the strength of the evidence, and virtual comparison microscopy. Participants will learn about the advantages and current limitations of these emerging technologies, and about strategies for their implementation in casework.

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Speaker(s)
  • Johannes Soons, NIST,