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Episode 235 | Just DNA Results in Rapid Time

Original Release Date: February 3, 2023 In episode two of our Unidentified Human Remains mini season, Just Science sat down with Neal Parsons, a Research Forensic Scientist at RTI International, to discuss how rapid DNA analysis has become an important method for identifying unknown human remains, especially in cases of mass fatality.  Rapid DNA analysis […]

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Episode 234 | Just Teeth and Technology

Original Release Date: January 27, 2023 In episode one of our Unidentified Human Remains mini season, Just Science sat down with Dr. Kenneth Aschheim, Assistant Chief Forensic Odontologist for the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, to discuss how dental evidence can be used to help identify human remains.   Due to their strength, heat resistance, and lack of […]

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The National Case Closed Project: Supporting Evidence-Based Practices for Violent Crime Investigations

Overview Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Case Closed Project is a new nationwide program designed to support law enforcement agencies in improving their violent crime clearance rates, with an emphasis on fatal and nonfatal shooting cases. The project team will partner with local law enforcement agencies to identify effective and sustainable practices related to agency operations, agency resources, investigator capabilities, and community relations. Technical assistance will be provided to partner agencies, and [...]

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Episode 233 | Just Identifying Lake Erie John Doe

Original Release Date: December 16, 2022 In the final episode of our Case Studies: Part 2 mini season, Just Science sat down with Dr. Thomas Gilson, Dr. Harmeet Kaur, and Hristina Lekova with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, to discuss a puzzling case in which the identity of a decedent from 2014 still remains unknown. […]

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Episode 232 | Just Identifying Gacy’s Victims Part 2

Original Release Date: December 9, 2022 In episode three of our Case Studies: Part 2 mini season, Just Science sat down again with Jason Moran, Commander of Police at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, to continue discussing how his Forensic Services Initiative team re-opened the John Wayne Gacy case, in attempt to identify the eight […]

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Episode 231 | Just Identifying Gacy’s Victims Part 1

Original Release Date: December 2, 2022 In episode two of our Case Studies: Part 2 mini season, Just Science sat down with Jason Moran, Commander of Police at the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, to discuss how he and his colleagues set out to identify the remaining victims of John Wayne Gacy, decades after their bodies […]

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Episode 230 | Just Autopsy Results and Crime Scene Reconstruction

Original Release Date: November 25, 2022 In episode one of our Case Studies: Part 2 mini season, Just Science sat down with Kelly Ayers, an International Association for Identification certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst, to discuss how preliminary autopsy results can help investigators piece together a story of what happened at a crime scene. For […]

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Episode 229 | Just Misperceptions about the MDI Community

Original Release Date: November 11, 2022 In this special release episode, Just Science sat down with Dr. Michelle Aurelius, the Chief Medical Examiner for North Carolina, and Alfarena McGinty, the Chief Deputy Coroner for Marion County in Indianapolis, to discuss misperceptions regarding the nature of medicolegal death investigation among the public, criminal justice professionals, and […]

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Episode 228 | Just Engaging Human Trafficking Survivors

Original Release Date: November 4, 2022 In episode four of our Human Trafficking Research season, Just Science sat down with Christina Melander, a research public health analyst at RTI International, to discuss the ongoing role of human trafficking survivors in advising and guiding systems professionals.    Human trafficking systems professionals, such as researchers and policy makers, […]

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Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program: Recovery Month

Recovery Month September 2022 As part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Collaborative, RTI participated in September’s 2022 Recovery Month by celebrating each individual’s path toward recovery from substance use issues through. As part of the collection of resources released throughout the month of September, RTI hosted a podcast and videos featuring individuals across the criminal-legal system to focus on what Recovery Month means to their [...]

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