Box 2-2

FY 2007 NIJ Awards for Forensic Science Research and Development

Biometric Technologies

Automatic Finger print Matching Using Extended Feature Set, Michigan State University, $260,038

Selective Feature-Based Quality Measure Plug-In for Iris Recognition System, Indiana University, $84,858

Site-Adaptive Face Recognition at a Distance, General Electric Co., $496,341

Forensic DNA Research and Development

A Low-Cost Microfluidic Microarray Instrument for Typing Y-Chromosome Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs), Akonni Biosystems, Inc., $448,466

A Rapid, Efficient and Effective Assay to Determine Species Origin in Biological Materials, Bode Technology Group, Inc., $170,212

DNA Profiling of the Semen Donor in Extended Interval Post-Coital Samples, University of Central Florida, $271,504

Microfabricated Capillary Array Electrophoresis Genetic Analysis for Forensic Short Tandem Repeat DNA Profiling, Regents of the University of California, $592,183

National Institute of Justice Forensic DNA Research and Development, Network Biosystems, Inc., $497,346

National Institute of Justice Forensic DNA Research and Development in Vermont for Fiscal Year 2007,Vermont Department of Public Safety, $112,481

Population Genetics of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) for Forensic Purposes, Yale University, $680,516

Sperm Capture Using Aptamer-Based Technology, Denver, City and County of, $370,813


Numerous professional organizations are focused on the forensic science disciplines (see Box 2-3). The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations, founded in 2000, includes the largest of these organizations—the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), ASCLD, ASCLD/LAB, IAI, NAME, and Forensic Quality Services (FQS).

AAFS, with 6,000 members worldwide, was founded in 1948. It created and supports the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board, which accredits

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