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Susan M Ballou

Susan Ballou is the program manager for Forensic Science in the Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES) within the Office of Special Programs (OSP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Since 2000, she has managed this program, which targets the needs of the forensic science practitioner by identifying and funding research at NIST in such areas as latent print analysis, burn patterns, computer forensics, and material standards. Her forensic crime laboratory experience spans over 27 years and includes working on case samples in the areas of toxicology, illicit drugs, serology, hairs, fibers, and DNA. She is a member of several forensic science associations. She holds fellow status with the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS), was past chair of the criminalistics section, had the opportunity to represent this section on the AAFS Board of Directors, and is a recipient of the AAFS Criminalistics Section's Mary E. Cowan Outstanding Service Award. She accepted the offer to join the Forensic Sciences Foundation Board of Trustees and chairs its Student Travel Grant Award Subcommittee. 

She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven and a master's degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University and maintains Diplomate Certification with the American Board of Criminalistics, the certifying agency for forensic scientists.


NIST Forensic Measurement Challenge

Recently, NIST announced the availability of $2.5 million for funding criminal justice applications that use new scientific discoveries. Thirty-six proposals


Biological Evidence Preservation: Considerations for Policy Makers

Shannan R. Williams, Melissa K. Taylor, Susan M. Ballou, Mark D. Stolorow, Margaret C. Kline, Phylis S. Bamberger, Larry Brown, Rebecca Brown, Burney Yvette, Davenport Dennis, Lindsay DePalma, Ted Hunt, Cynthia E. Jones, Ralph Keaton, William Kiley, Joseph Latta, Karen Thiessen, Gerry LaPorte, Linda E. Ledray, Randy Nagy, Brian Ostrom, Linda Schwind, Stephanie Stoiloff
Biological Evidence Preservation: Considerations for Policy Makers is a policy brief intended to provide guidance to legislators, advocates, and managers within

The Biological Evidence Preservation Handbook: Best Practices for Evidence Handlers

Susan M. Ballou, Margaret C. Kline, Mark D. Stolorow, Melissa K. Taylor, Shannan R. Williams, Phylis S. Bamberger, Burney Yvette, Larry Brown, Cynthia E. Jones, Ralph Keaton, William Kiley, Karen Thiessen, Gerry LaPorte, Joseph Latta, Linda E. Ledray, Randy Nagy, Linda Schwind, Stephanie Stoiloff, Brian Ostrom
The report of the Technical Working Group on Biological Evidence Preservation offers guidance for individuals involved in the collection, examination, tracking
Created September 10, 2019