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February

IFRI Faculty and Student Presentations AAFS 69th Annual Meeting, February 13-18, 2017, New Orleans, LA

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A group of sixth graders from Mater Academy Middle School visited FIU in January for an interactive, hands-on science day.

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IFRI Director Jose Almirall makes a presentation to the National Commission on Forensic Science in Washington DC on the status of extramural research in forensic science in the U.S.

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IFRI Director Jose Almirall is invited to give the prestigious Beto Lecture at Sam Houston State University on March 10, 2017. For more information on the Beto Chair visit: http://www.betochair.com

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March

Phd candidate in Chemistry, Haixiang Yu, has been awarded the prestigious FIU Provost Award for Outstanding Paper or Manuscript (STEM) for their paper on applied forensic chemistry entitled "A cooperative-binding split aptamer assay for rapid, specific and ultra-sensitive fluorescence detection of cocaine in saliva."

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D’Nisha D. Hamblin, FIU MSFS was selected as a winner for the 18th Annual Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Emerging Scientist Award paper competition, hosted in New Orleans, LA, for her presentation entitled "Evaluation of a New Technology for the Collection and Analysis of Breath Components for Marijuana Detection Using Capillary Microextraction of Volatiles (CMV)."

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June

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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August

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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International Forensic Research Institute receives Center Grant from NSF

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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