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NCJ Number: NCJ 241928     Find in a Library
Title: NIJ's Innovative Research Spans Variety of Forensic Fields
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Author(s): Philip Bulman
  Journal: National Institute of Justice Journal  Issue:272  Dated:September 2013  Pages:21 to 23
Date Published: 09/2013
Page Count: 3
  Series: NIJ Journal
  Annotation: This article presents an overview of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) research and development funding that is strengthening the scientific foundations of various forensic disciplines; expanded discussions are presented on research in the analysis of carpet fibers as well as improvement in how laboratories help solve cases.
Abstract: NIJ invests in both basic and applied research in forensic science, with the goal of strengthening the science by developing highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for identifying, analyzing, and interpreting physical evidence. An example of such research is the analysis of carpet fibers collected from crime scenes in order to determine whether they come from the same manufacturer as fibers found on articles possessed or worn by a suspect. This analysis involves a comparison of the shape, color, and composition of fibers in order to determine whether they may have been transferred from the suspect to the crime scene. Another example of NIJ projects in forensic sciences involves improvement in how laboratories help solve cases. This includes funding for the creation of a database at Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA) that contains a database with measurement of the human body based on over 44,000 radiograph images from nearly 10,000 children. This is important information in estimating children’s age at death.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Victim identification ; Hair and fiber analysis ; Forensics/Forensic Sciences ; Death investigations ; Child victims ; Child fatalities ; Databases ; Child death review team ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Age determination
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2012-DN-BX-K041; 2008-DN-BX-K152; 2008-DN-BX-K182
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Type: Program/Project Description ; Report (Grant Sponsored)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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