Just Science Podcast
The Forensic Advancement season of Just Science will focus on many areas that challenge forensic leadership within the community. A majority of these interviews were recorded at the 2018 American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) Annual Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia. The ASCLD Symposium is an industry-leading conference designed for leaders and managers in the forensic laboratory space. The symposium boasts workshops and plenary talks designed around all aspects of forensic science, but particularly focuses on enhancing leadership and management in a forensic laboratory. This season will include episodes covering performance tools, ASCLD efforts in rapid DNA, return on investment for DNA databases, witness testimony, millennial personnel, laboratory public relations, and more.
- Episode Eighty-Six | Just Blind Proficiency Testing
- Episode Eighty-Five | Just Transparency in Public Communications
- Episode Eighty-Four | Just a Paradigm Shift for Forensic Scientists
- Episode Eighty-Three | Just Throwing DARTs at the Opioid Crisis
- Episode Eighty-Two | Just Millennials
- Episode Eighty | Just ASCLD Rapid DNA Committee
- Episode Seventy-Nine | Just Psychological Resiliency
- Episode Seventy-Eight | Just FORESIGHT on Sexual Assault Kits
- Episode Seventy-Seven | Just Cognitive Bias Awareness
- Episode Seventy-Six | Just the Soul of the Profession
Just So You Know Episodes
Latest Just So You Know Episodes
- Episode Eighty-One | Just So You Know: AAFS Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center
- Episode Fifty Five | Just So You Know: In Remembrance of Dr. Cantu
- Episode Forty Nine | Just So You Know: Women and Work in Science
- Episode Forty One | Just So You Know: Dr. Eric Buel
- Episode Twenty | Just So You Know: Dr. Jay Siegel
- Episode Thirty | Just So You Know: Leadership Series
Special Release – Medicolegal Death Investigation
Just Science’s Medicolegal Death Investigation season will consist of episodes recorded with guests from the IAC&ME board. This season is to promote the ways in which IAC&ME supports, trains, and aids the community of coroners and pathologists. Episodes will include topics like vicarious trauma, work/life balance, wellness, forensic nurses as coroners, and understanding not only the logistical difficulty of a mass shooting but the strain involved on the justice community.
- Episode Seventy-Five | Just Planning For The Aftermath Of A Mass Shooting
- Episode Seventy-Four | Just Forensic Nurse Coroners
- Episode Seventy-Three | Just Coroners Versus Medical Examiner Systems
- Episode Seventy-Two | Just Being Vocal about Vicarious Trauma
JUST SO YOU KNOW – FTCOE TEAM
Just Science is releasing a special Just So You Know series in celebration of National Forensic Science Week. Get to know the leadership, scientific, and technical staff that help keep the center running smoothly year round. Guests include Dr. John Morgan, Dr. Jeri Ropero-Miller, Donia Slack, Nicole Jones, Heidi Eldridge, Dr. Megan Grabenauer, Sarah Norsworthy, Nichole Bynum, Katherine Moore, Erica Fornaro, Molly Dix, and Kelle Barrick.
- Episode Seventy-One | Just So You Know: Molly Dix
- Episode Seventy | Just So You Know: Erica Fornaro
- Episode Sixty-Nine | Just So You Know: Dr. Kelle Barrick
- Episode Sixty-Eight | Just So You Know: Sarah Norsworthy, Nichole Bynum, and Katherine Moore
- Episode Sixty-Seven | Just So You Know: Heidi Eldridge
- Episode Sixty-Six | Just So You Know: Dr. Megan Grabenauer
- Episode Sixty-Five | Just So You Know: Donia Slack
- Episode Sixty-Three | Just So You Know: Dr. Jeri Ropero-Miller
- Episode Sixty-Two | Just So You Know: Dr. John Morgan
- Episode Sixty-Four | Just So You Know: Nicole Jones
Season Five: 2018 NIJ R&D
Just Science released a special season for 2018 NIJ funded Research and Development. Dive into the community’s efforts to forward science and create a stronger justice system through knowledge. Some of the episode topics include research with skin microbiomes, SNP genotypes, implementing portable mass spec, and CT image databases.
- Episode Sixty-One | Just Genetic Marker Linkages
- Episode Sixty | Just Portable Mass Spectrometer Possibilities
- Episode Fifty Nine | Just a Whole-Body CT Image Database
- Episode Fifty Eight | Just Skin Microbiomes as Evidence
- Episode Fifty Seven| Just Microhaps Perhaps
- Episode Fifty Six | Just Speak into the Microbe-phone
Season Four: Drugs
In this season, Drugs, topics will range from legalization of marijuana in relation to police officers, the opioid epidemic, Electronic Dance Music Festivals, how witnesses’ and victims’ memory of events can be affected by alcohol, current vaping research, drug courts, and much more.
Latest current season episodes
- Episode Fifty Four | Just Opioid Financial Burden on Crime Labs
- Episode Fifty Three | Just Classifying Emerging Compounds
- Episode Fifty Two | Just Fentanyl Lab Fads with ASCLD
- Episode Fifty One | Just Solving the Opioid Crisis
- Episode Fifty | Just Chasing the E-Cig Dragon
- Episode Forty Eight | Just Alcohol and Witness Recall
- Episode Forty Seven | Just the State of Pathology
- Episode Forty Six | Just Doobious Driving
- Episode Forty Five | Just Liver Die
- Episode Forty Four | Just Electronic Dance Music Festivals
- Episode Forty Three | Just Drug Courts
- Episode Forty Two | Just Field Identification Drug Officer
Season Three: 2018 IPTES
In this season we will cover content given at the NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence’s Impression Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium. The symposium was held January 22nd -25th 2018 in Arlington, Virginia, it had over 200 onsite attendees and over 400 online attendees. This season will include episodes discussing nature’s patterns, fracture mechanics, juror’s interpretations of testimony, toolmarks, and footwear with each topic discussing real-world examples. If you missed the symposium and wish to watch the archives, please click here.
- Episode Forty | 2018 IPTES: Just Talking Testimony
- Episode Thirty Nine | 2018 IPTES: Just Bayesian Brawl
- Episode Thirty Eight | 2018 IPTES: Just Handwriting Statistics
- Episode Thirty Seven | 2018 IPTES: Just Consecutively Manufactured Toolmarks
- Episode Thirty Six | 2018 IPTES: Footwear Size Does Matter
- Episode Thirty Five | 2018 IPTES: Just Geeking Out on Patterns
- Episode Thirty Four | 2018 IPTES: Just Shoeprint Statistics
- Episode Thirty Three | 2018 IPTES: Just A Juror’s Perception
- Episode Thirty Two | 2018 IPTES: Just Fracture Matches
- Episode Thirty One | 2018 IPTES: Just Nature’s Patterns
Special Release: Leadership
In this special release season on Leadership, you will hear interviews highlighting different areas where guests have excelled, along with some of their lessons learned. The season will highlight forensic professionals and teachers of leadership including Ben Swanholm, Jody Wolf, Martina Bison-Huckaby, and Jeremy Triplett. We will discuss their personal philosophies on leadership, how they came to be leaders in their own lives, and what their affiliations have added to the conversation. Stay tuned as Just Science helps to shed light on the complex issues of leadership.
- Episode Thirty | Just So You Know: Leadership Series
- Episode Twenty Eight | Special Release Season: Just Motivational Leadership
- Episode Twenty Seven | Special Release Season: Just Strategic Leadership
- Episode Twenty Six | Special Release Season: Just Servant Leadership
Season Two: Case Studies
In the second season, Case Studies, Just Science interviews the prosecutors, investigators, victims, and crime lab directors that were involved with high profile cases. This season will highlight cases that seemed unsolvable at the time, but with some new technologies and innovation, these criminals were brought to justice. Topics include Munchausen syndrome by proxy, Human Trafficking, Odontology, Atlanta Olympic Bombing, International cases, Louisiana Serial Killer, and many more.
- Episode Twenty Four| Just Case Studies: Derrick Todd Lee – Baton Rouge Serial Killer
- Episode Twenty Three| Just Case Studies: Two Murders, One Trace Fiber
- Episode Twenty Two | Just Case Studies: From Teeth to Trafficking
- Episode Twenty One | Just Case Studies: A Gruesome Murder in Mesa
- Episode Nineteen | Just Case Studies: Atlanta Olympic Bombing
- Episode Eighteen | Just Case Studies: A Mother’s Tale – Part 2
- Episode Seventeen | Just Case Studies: A Mother’s Tale – Part 1
- Episode Sixteen | Just Case Studies: A Child’s Injustice
- Episode Fifteen | Just Case Studies: Mel Hall – A Sexual Predator
Special Release: R&D Symposium
Just Science released a special season for NIJ funded Research and Development. Dive into the community’s efforts to forward science and create a stronger justice system through knowledge. Episode topics include research with one-pot meth, bath salts, gunshot acoustics, and postmortem interval estimation.
- Episode Fourteen | Just Gunshot Acoustics Research
- Episode Thirteen | Just Postmortem Interval Estimation Research
- Episode Twelve | Just Bath Salts
- Episode Eleven | Just One Pot Methamphetamine
Season One: Numbers
The first season of “Just Science,” titled Numbers will give listeners content focusing on issues that forensic scientists are faced with, such as error data or proof of data. We will explore new technologies and systems that provide more efficient ways of delivering quantitative results, as well as the human factors that go into producing solid data.
- Episode Ten | Just Hairy Isotopes
- Episode Nine | Just Blood Spatter
- Episode Eight | Just the Facts About Campus Sexual Assault
- Episode Seven | Just Dry Bones
- Episode Six | Just Budgets
- Episode Five | Just DNA Mixture Interpretation
- Episode Four | Just Subjective Probability
- Episode Three | Just 3D Optical Topography
- Episode Two | Just Human Factors
- Episode One: Just Lab Management
RTI International’s Center for Forensic Sciences 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!
Just Science was developed by RTI International and funded in part by 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 Science is hosted by Dr. John Morgan, Senior Director of the Center for Forensic Science at RTI.
Senior Director, Center for Forensic Sciences
EDUCATION: PhD, Johns Hopkins University | MS, Johns Hopkins University | BS, Loyola College
EXPERTISE: Optoelectronic materials, Chemical/biological agent detection, Mass spectrometry, Forensic science, Personal protective systems, Materials
Lauren Mangum is a Multimedia Communication Specialist at RTI International. Lauren believes that through her work with the Center for Forensic Science Office she can better disseminate information to the forensic community. She is the producer of the Just Science Podcast, which is designed to highlight key leaders in forensic science research, practice and innovation. Before working at RTI International Lauren was an Event Technology Specialist at SAS for two years where she coordinated and ran AV for conferences and meetings. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media Communication from North Carolina State University.