Just Science Podcast

Current Season

Domestic Radicalization

RTI’s security threats and extremism staff have a robust and growing portfolio of work focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating targeted violence and terrorism prevention strategies, as well as work focused on programming for active or former extremists. This includes evaluations of federally funded targeted violence and terrorism prevention grant projects, an assessment of available prevention programming resources, and a mixed-methods, longitudinal study examining the processes by which individuals disengage from white nationalist groups. Tune in this season as Dr. Michael Planty sits down with his colleagues to discuss the country’s most pressing security threats and how researchers, practitioners, and their federal partners are responding.

This season is funded by RTI International’s Justice Practice Area.   

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Episode 277 | Just Drones as a Growing Threat

Original Release Date: February 16, 2024   In episode one of our Domestic Radicalization season, Just Science sat down with Neal Parsons, Senior Research Scientist at RTI International, to discuss the growing threat of drone use and how the American... read more


Previous Season

Roadmap to Improving Technology Transition

The National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Laboratory Needs Technology Working Group, or FLNTWG, brings together a diverse group of forensic researchers and practitioners to advise, assess, and exchange information about the technology needs of state and local forensic laboratories. One of the largest challenges faced by these laboratories is transitioning new research and technology innovations into real-world laboratory practice. As a result, a FLNTWG subcommittee has developed a roadmap report, which provides actionable guidance to improving the research, development, testing, evaluation, and implementation of new forensic research products into the forensic laboratory. In this season, innovation advisor and roadmap author Rebecca Shute speaks with the co-authors of the roadmap who are on the FLN-TWG research subcommittee to discuss the culture of the forensic science community, the need for guidance, and the lessons learned along the way. 

This season is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (Award No. 15PNIJ-21-GK-02192-MUMU).

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Episode 276 | Just Lessons Learned in Forensic Technology Transition

Original Release Date: February 2, 2024   In episode four of our Roadmap to Improving Technology Transition season, Just Science sat down with Dr. Catherine Grgicak, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers University-Camden, and Stephanie Stoiloff, Chief of the Forensic... read more

Episode 275 | Just Enhancing Research to Improve Tech Transition

Original Release Date: January 26, 2024   In episode three of our Roadmap to Improving Technology Transition season, Just Science sat down with Dr. Catherine Grgicak, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers University Camden, and Henry Maynard, Lead Research Scientist... read more

Episode 274 | Just Building Partnerships to Advance Forensic Technology

Original Release Date: January 19, 2024   In episode two of our Roadmap to Improving Technology Transition season, Just Science sat down with Cleveland Miles, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Division of Forensic Science, and Henry Maynard, Lead Research... read more

Episode 273 | Just Improving Forensic Technology Transition

Original Release Date: January 12, 2024   In episode one of our Roadmap to Improving Technology Transition season, Just Science sat down with Lucas Zarwell, Director of the Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences at the National Institute of Justice,... read more


Past Season

National Case Closed Project: Supporting Best Practices in Investigation

In many cities across the county, the number of violent crimes is increasing while law enforcement agencies are facing widespread staffing shortages and other organizational challenges. To help address these issues, the Bureau of Justice Assistance has funded the National Case Closed Project, a 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 actively partners with law enforcement agencies to identify effective and sustainable practices related to agency operations, agency resources, investigator capabilities, and community relations. In this season, we will discuss the National Case Closed project and recommendations from top law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, crime analysts, and community groups for collaborating on efforts to improve case outcomes.

This episode is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (Award No. 15PBJA-21-GK-04008-JAG).

This project is supported by Grant No. 15PBJA-21-GK-04008-JAGP awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

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Episode 272 | Just Building Trust Between Police and their Communities

Original Release Date: December 22, 2023   In episode four of our National Case Closed Project: Supporting Best Practices in Investigation season, Just Science sat down with Michael McKissic, founder of the Mikey23 Foundation, Reverend Rodrick Burton, St. Louis Metropolitan... read more

Episode 271 | Just Collaboration Between Law Enforcement and Prosecutors to Solve Cases

Original Release Date: December 15, 2023   In episode three of our National Case Closed Project: Supporting Best Practices in Investigation season, Just Science sat down with Lamar Fyall, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina, Rob... read more

Episode 270 | Just Using Forensic Intelligence to Solve Gun Violence Cases

Original Release Date: December 8, 2023   In episode two of our National Case Closed Project: Supporting Best Practices in Investigation season, Just Science sat down with Fabio Sanchez, Crime Gun Intelligence Sergeant at the City of Miami Police Department,... read more

Episode 269 | Just Improving Fatal and Non-fatal Shooting Investigations

Original Release Date: December 1, 2023   In episode one of our National Case Closed Project: Supporting Best Practices in Investigation season, Just Science sat down with Dr. Kevin Strom, Director of the Center for Policing Research and Investigative Science... read more