121 episodes

RTI International’s Center for Forensic Science presents Just Science, a podcast for forensic science professionals and anyone with an interest in learning more about how real crime laboratories are working to do their job better, produce more accurate results, become more efficient, and solve more crimes. This podcast deals with a range of issues, including leadership in the crime lab, new technologies, sexual assault response, and broader challenges for science and public security. We cover every type of forensic discipline, including DNA, fingerprints, trace evidence, toxicology, controlled substances, crime scene investigation, and much more!

The first season of Just Science was developed by RTI International through the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, a program of the National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice and funded in part through cooperative agreement [2016-MU-BX-K110].

Just Science is hosted by Dr. John Morgan, Senior Director of the Center for Forensic Science at RTI.

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RTI International’s Center for Forensic Science presents Just Science, a podcast for forensic science professionals and anyone with an interest in learning more about how real crime laboratories are working to do their job better, produce more accurate results, become more efficient, and solve more crimes. This podcast deals with a range of issues, including leadership in the crime lab, new technologies, sexual assault response, and broader challenges for science and public security. We cover every type of forensic discipline, including DNA, fingerprints, trace evidence, toxicology, controlled substances, crime scene investigation, and much more!

The first season of Just Science was developed by RTI International through the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, a program of the National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice and funded in part through cooperative agreement [2016-MU-BX-K110].

Just Science is hosted by Dr. John Morgan, Senior Director of the Center for Forensic Science at RTI.

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    Just a Profile in Forensic R&D Innovations_Improving the System_120

    In episode two of the Improving the System season, Just Science met with Gerry LaPorte, former Director of the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences at NIJ, to discuss forensic science research and development innovations.

    Over the course of his career, Gerry LaPorte has worked with scores of agencies across multiple disciplines on varied, high-profile cases. From granular points about chemistry to the philosophy of science at large, this 2018 conversation reflects the diversity of his résumé.



    Listen along as our guest discusses the value of statistics, the definition of light, and his experience working as Chief Forensic Chemist with the Secret Service in this episode of Just Science.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 33 min
    Just the NIJ Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and ME/Coroner Offices_119

    Just the NIJ Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and ME/Coroner Offices_119

    In episode one of the Improving the System season, Just Science interviews Dr. Jonathan McGrath, Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences at the National Institute of Justice, about the recently published NIJ Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner, Coroner Offices Report to Congress. Listen along as he discusses the findings of the report and the challenges faced by both forensic laboratories and medical examiner, coroner offices.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 44 min
    Just Building Workforce Resiliency_Special Release_118

    Just Building Workforce Resiliency_Special Release_118

    The impact that stress has on a person’s mind and body can be dramatic, but the effects are amplified when the stressors involve violent, graphic, or traumatic material. Amy Jeanguenat and Andrew Levin are working to provide support to those affected by this vicarious trauma, with an emphasis on forensic scientists and first responders. Listen along as they discuss stress, mindfulness, and the future of resiliency in this episode of Just Science.

    This episode is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 40 min
    Just the Impact of Lawfully-Owed DNA Collection_DNA_117

    Just the Impact of Lawfully-Owed DNA Collection_DNA_117

    In the final episode of the DNA season, Just Science interviews Jayann Sepich, co-founder of the non-profit organization DNA Saves, about lawfully owed arrestee DNA. In 2003, 22-year-old Katie Sepich was raped and murdered within five blocks of her home in New Mexico. Using skin and blood found under her fingernails, investigators were able to produce a full DNA profile and uploaded it to CODIS. Her killer was identified three years later. Now, in 2019, her mother Jayann Sepich continues to advocate for lawfully owed DNA. Listen along as she discusses expanding the DNA Database and the importance of arrestee DNA collection in this episode of Just Science.

    Some content in this podcast may be considered sensitive and may evoke emotional responses, or may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 39 min
    Just USACIL and Direct-to-DNA_DNA_116

    Just USACIL and Direct-to-DNA_DNA_116

    In episode seven of the DNA season, Just Science interviews Molly Hall, an examiner for the United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, about their transition to a Direct-to-DNA approach to processing sexual assault kits. The United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory acts as the true crime lab for the entire Department of Defense and serves all branches of the military. With roughly 2,000 sexual assault kits being submitted per year, they needed to find a way to efficiently process these kits without being bogged down by screening or an influx in submissions. Listen along as Molly Hall discusses Sexual Assault Kit processing and why their lab made the switch to a Direct-to-DNA approach in this episode of Just Science.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 24 min
    Just Improving Workflow Efficiency_DNA_115

    Just Improving Workflow Efficiency_DNA_115

    In episode six of the DNA season, Just Science interviews Leslie Parke and Jamie Haas of Signature Science, a private DNA laboratory based in Austin, Texas, about increasing workflow efficiency in their lab. From twenty cases a month to thousands of cases per year, Signature Science has shown significant growth in their lab’s capacity. By introducing automation and eliminating unnecessary steps in the DNA analysis process, Parke and Haas have proven that there are always ways to improve the efficiency of a forensic laboratory. Listen along as they discuss the benefits of eliminating serological testing and the impact that automation has had on their lab in this episode of Just Science.

    This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

psy ops ,

Great job!

This podcast does a great job interviewing professionals and discussing a jurors perception on processing evidence. It was made not only for professionals but also for students whom are learning about forensic psychology. I believe that this podcast reliable because of the information provided and the real life examples stated thoughout the interviews.

Amymichelle3 ,

Great.

This podcast was very well made. The audio is clear and is very easy to listen to. Just science does a great job finding people that are educated in the forensic field and caters to everyone who might possibly be interested in case studies and how certain things work in the forensic field. I recommend this podcast to anyone that wants to know more about how one comes up with the final verdict to any crime.

nymphpaws ,

Entertaining and Informative ✨

As a student looking to specialize in psychology and forensic science, I found this podcast to be amazing! The interviews are to the point and the topics discussed are easy to understand, even for people that may not be too well versed in science. I do think that this podcast may be better suited for those who value academics, but overall I think anyone could listen to an episode and enjoy it. The information given is credible and that can be made sure of with a quick google search. I really enjoyed listening to this podcast, and the way the interviewer seems genuinely interested in what is discussed during the episode only makes me want to listen in more!

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