134 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].

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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 Applied Leadership for Resiliency in CSIs_Special Release_132

    Just Applied Leadership for Resiliency in CSIs_Special Release_132

    In this special release episode of Just Science, we sat down with Ashley Church and Erin West, founders of Gap Science, to discuss stress and resiliency in crime scene investigators.

    Traumatic death investigation can have adverse, long-term effects on crime scene analysts. As Ashley Church and Erin West moved through their respective careers, they noticed a lack of training around protecting the psychological well-being of forensic scientists. Gap Science is working to fill this void in knowledge and address the challenges that investigators are experiencing every day. Listen along as our guests discuss compassion fatigue, the supervisor's role in protecting their people, and the impact of violent crime scenes on forensic scientists in this episode of Just Science.

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

    • 46 min
    Just Mitochondrial DNA_2020NIJRandD_131

    Just Mitochondrial DNA_2020NIJRandD_131

    In episode seven of the 2020 R&D Season, Just Science interviews Kimberly Sturk-Andreaggi, a Research Scientist at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, about the development of entire mitogenome reference data using an automated high-throughput sequencing workflow.

    Disaster victim identification comes with a unique set of hurdles. Poor-quality DNA, decades-old samples, and a lack of relative referential data can make the identification of victims from current and past conflicts challenging. This is the reason that the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory uses mitochondrial DNA as their primary testing method. Stay tuned as our guest discusses the utility of mitochondrial DNA and a method for developing entire mitogenome reference data in this episode of Just Science.

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

    • 34 min
    Just a Statistical Approach to Glass Evidence_2020NIJRandD_130

    Just a Statistical Approach to Glass Evidence_2020NIJRandD_130

    In this episode of the 2020 R&D Season, Just Science interviews Dr. José Almirall, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida International University, about a statistical approach for the interpretation of glass evidence.

    One criticism levied against trace evidence examinations is that the interpretation can sometimes be too subjective. Interpretation sometimes plays a large role in the evaluation of trace evidence. Dr. Almirall and his team at FIU are trying to fix that. They have been working on an implementation package, including instrument specification, procedures, and validation assistance, that can be transferred to any forensic laboratory to help standardize trace evidence evaluation. Listen along as he discusses the implementation package, the value of trace evidence, and the analysis of glass in this episode of Just Science.

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

    • 49 min
    Just COVID-19: The Impact to Supporting Victims of Sexual Assault_Sexual Assault Awareness Month_129

    Just COVID-19: The Impact to Supporting Victims of Sexual Assault_Sexual Assault Awareness Month_129

    This week on Just Science, we are publishing a special release episode in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Social distancing, shelter in place, and other responses to COVID-19 can create a stressful environment for survivors of sexual assault especially if they feel they cannot access resources or are physically unable to seek help. In addition, highly stressful situations that result from significant amounts of change, such as unemployment, disruption in ‘normal’ activities, and social isolation may increase the risk of domestic violence and sexual assault. In this podcast, we will discuss what services are available to survivors of sexual assault, including leveraging on-line platforms and modified strategies for first responders, rape crisis centers, and victim advocates. We will also discuss how we as a friend, family member, and community can be prepared to respond to a victim of sexual assault in this challenging time.

    In this episode Just Science interviews Ms. Marya Simmons, the Founder and CEO of Shift in Notion Consulting. Marya is a nationally recognized victim advocate and trainer with a specialty on the formation of multidisciplinary teams or sexual assault response teams and assisting agencies with developing policies and practices for improved responses to sexual assault.

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

    • 24 min
    Just Blowflies and Extreme Temperatures_2020NIJRandD_128

    Just Blowflies and Extreme Temperatures_2020NIJRandD_128

    In episode five of the 2020 R&D Season, Just Science interviews Dr. Travis Rusch, a postdoctoral research associate at Texas A&M University, about fluctuating temperatures in forensically important blowflies. Forensic entomologists use predictable developmental rates of certain necrophagus insects to estimate time of colonization, postmortem interval, and time of death. However, extreme fluctuations in temperature can affect these development rates in unknown ways. Dr. Rusch hopes to shed light on this issue and advance the field of forensic entomology through his grant work. Listen along as he discusses the utility of forensic entomology, the life cycle of blowflies, and the next phase of his research in this episode of Just Science.

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

    • 31 min
    Just Quick Screening Methods for Firearm Discharge Residues_2020NIJRandD_127

    Just Quick Screening Methods for Firearm Discharge Residues_2020NIJRandD_127

    In this episode of the 2020 R&D Season, Just Science interviews Dr. Tatiana Trejos, Assistant Professor of the Department of Forensic and Investigative Sciences at West Virginia University, about the rapid detection of organic and inorganic gunshot residue. Speed and accuracy are vital when it comes to the analysis of gunshot residue. Dr. Trejos and her team are working on a comprehensive method for studying both organic and inorganic gunshot residue utilizing laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. This method focuses on providing accurate results, reducing wait time, and preserving the evidence. Listen along as she discusses chemometrics and a novel tool for analyzing organic and inorganic gunshot residue in this episode of Just Science.

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

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

MelissaLovesaMystery ,

Sexy Nerd Alert

Best Podcast for nerds (even if you think you are not a nerd...you should be). If you are in law enforcement or just a regular Joe or Josette who has an interest in ALL things science-y and justice. (See what they did there? JUST(ICE) Science) God I love a pithy podcast title!

Melissa-Just The Tip-Sters pod

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.

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