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FIU and the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) announce that they are joining forces to make a bigger impact in the field of forensic science. The partnership will expand FIU’s diverse offerings and bring NFSTC’s training excellence to a broader audience in the U.S. and around the world. (Also posted to Forensic Magazine online)

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Florida International University researchers hope to pinpoint where heroin comes from and help stop the opioid crisis. The chemical structure of the drug provides clues to the manufacturing process used to turn opium poppies to heroin, an opioid that killed nearly 13,000 users in the United States in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The efforts of IFRI were featured in a recent post on FIU News, the Miami Herald article, and Phys.Org online.

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The director of the Center of Advanced Research in Forensic Science, IFRI's very own Dr. Jose Almirall talks to El Nuevo Herald all about it's new center.

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FIU has partnered with four other universities to create a first-of its kind center on forensic science that is supported by the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Justice.

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The forensic chemist talks about fire investigations and standardization in forensic science. Click on link for full interview.

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This project, entitled "Phase I IUCRC Florida International University: Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science (CARFS)," There are 5 universities involved (GW, TAMU, Northeastern, and U. of South Alabama are the other 4). FIU is the lead institution and Jose Almirall will serve as the Center Director. Congratulations to Jose and his IFRI colleagues including Bruce McCord, Tony deCaprio, Yi Xiao, Ken Furton and the rest of IFRI.

Lynn LaMotte of LSU Health Sciences Center, and Dr. Jeffrey D. Wells of Florida International University's International Forensic Research Institute, were interviewed about their research on statistical methods for estimating time of death.

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FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton and Abuzar Kabir of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education led the discovery and patents with the potential to revolutionize the multibillion-dollar sample preparation and analytical testing industry.

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The IAEA has launched a project to enable countries to quickly detect food fraud and contamination with the help of low-cost, portable tools. The coordinated research project, run in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), brings together scientists from 13 countries to explore opportunities created by advances in field-deployable analytical equipment.

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A new method developed at FIU makes toxicological, biological and environmental sampling and testing cheaper, faster and more sensitive.

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