Award Recipients 2022

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NIFS Best Paper Awards 2022

WINNER: Best Paper - Forensic Fundamentals
Exploring likelihood ratios assigned for siblings of the true mixture contributor as an alternate contributor
Hannah Kelly, Michael Coble, Maarten Kruijver, Richard Wivell and Jo-Anne Bright

WINNER: Best Paper - Capability Enhancement and Innovation (Biology)
Using big data from probabilistic genotyping to solve crime
Duncan Taylor and Damien Abarno

WINNER: Best Paper - Capability Enhancement and Innovation (Fingerprints)
Automated ‘lights-out’ searching of all recovered fingerprints: Review of the current workflow for latent fingerprint processing in Queensland, Australia
Troy O'Malley, Matt Krosch, Paul Peacock, Rechelle Cook and David Neville

WINNER: Best Technical Article, Note or Case Study
Developmental validation of an efficient differential separation method incorporating the i-sep® DL spin column with high sperm DNA recovery for the processing of sexual assault samples
Tammara White, Marie Rye and Jasmine Tay

WINNER: Best Literature Review (Biology/Intelligence)
Privacy implications of the new “omic” technologies in law enforcement
Paul Roffey and Nathan Scudder

WINNER: Best Literature Review (Pathology)
The logic of forensic pathology opinion
Hans de Boer, Judith Fronczek, Charles Berger and Marjan Sjerps

WINNER: Best Literature Review (Quality Management)
Toward a common language for quality issues in forensic science
Anna Heavey, Gavin Turbett, Max Houck and Simon Lewis

WINNER: Best New Publisher in a Refereed Journal
The alprazolam analogue 4'-chloro deschloroalprazolam identified in seized capsules
Sheena-Ann Trigg, Jason Wells, Jasmine McGann, Soeren Bock, Adam Holman, Stephen Harrison, Ching Yong Goh, Stephen Moggach and David Brown

List of Submissions
A comparison of likelihood ratios obtained from EuroForMix and STRmix™
Kevin Cheng, Øyvind Bleka, Peter Gill, James Curran, Jo-Anne Bright, Duncan Taylor and John Buckleton

A multivariate extension to the standard 4σ criterion for comparison of forensic glass evidence
Oliver Lountain, Jonathan Tuke, Hayley Brown, Kahlee Redman, Sharon Wilczek and Melissa Humphries

A quantitative analysis of MDMA seized at New South Wales music festivals over the 2019/2020 season: Form, purity, dose and adulterants
Matthew O'Reilly, Christine Harvey, Robin Auld, Michelle Cretikos, Catherine Francis, Stephanie Todd, Daniel Barry, Una Cullinan and Michael Symonds

A survey of the effects of common illicit drugs on forensic DNA analysis
Amy Griffin, Julianne Henry, K. Paul Kirkbride, Ben Painter and Adrian Linacre

A tool for simulating single source and mixed DNA profiles
Maarten Kruijver and Jo-Anne Bright

An in field evaluation of rapid DNA instruments for disaster victim identification
Jeremy Watherston, Jessica Watson, David Bruce, Maiken Ueland, Dennis McNevin and Jodie Ward

Analysis of mixed DNA profiles from the RapidHIT™ ID platform using probabilistic genotyping software STRmix™
Denise Ward, Julianne Henry and Duncan Taylor

Attitudes towards police use of consumer/private DNA databases in investigations
Alexandra Quinton, Sally Kelty and Nathan Scudder

Average thickness of the bones of the human neurocranium: development of reference measurements to assist with blunt force trauma interpretations
Samantha Kate Rowbotham, Calvin G Mole, Diana Tieppo, Magda Blaszkowska, Stephen Cordner and Soren Blau

Controlling new psychoactive substances in New Zealand
Cameron Johnson, Zahra Shadfar, Jane Allison, Kevan Walsh and Hannah Partington

Determining the Accuracy of the ‘Place in 3D’ Function in FARO Scene
Chris Flight and Kaye Ballantyne

Developmental validation of a software implementation of a flexible framework for the assignment of likelihood ratios for forensic investigations
Hannah Kelly, Zane Kerr, Kevin Cheng, Maarten Kruijver and Jo-Anne Bright

DNA on drugs (part 2): An extended study into the transfer and persistence of DNA onto illicit drug capsules using realistic scenarios
Amy Griffin, K. Paul Kirkbride, Julianne Henry, Ben Painter and Adrian Linacre

Efficient DNA Profiling Protocols for Disaster Victim Identification
Jeremy Watherston, Jessica Watson, David Bruce, Jodie Ward and Dennis McNevin

Fantasy islands - The emergence of NMP in GBL-containing liquids in New Zealand
Ben Bogun, Madeleine Campbell, Brooke Marr, Annie Larsen, Liam Philip and Cameron Johnson

Forensic genetic genealogy using microarrays for the identification of human remains: The need for good quality samples – A pilot study
Ashil Davawala, April Stock, Michelle Spiden, Runa Daniel, Joscelyn McBain and Dadna Hartman

Impurity profiling of methamphetamine synthesized from methyl α-acetylphenylacetate
Deanna Langone, Ben Painter, Clark Nash, Janneke Hulshof, Sander Oldenhof, Martin Johnston and K. Paul Kirkbride

Investigations into the stability of 17 psychoactive drugs in a “simulated postmortem blood” model
Jared Castle, Danielle Butzbach, Frank Reith, G. Stewart Walker, Claire Lenehan, Samuel Costello and K. Paul Kirkbride

Multimodal spectroscopy with chemometrics for the forensic analysis of Western Australian sandy soils
Talia Newland, Kari Pitts and Simon Lewis

Not so simple: Understanding the complexities of establishing identity for cases of unidentified human remains in an Australian medico-legal system
Soren Blau and Samantha Kate Rowbotham

“Technical Note:” Optimisation of Diamond™ Nucleic Acid Dye preparation, application, and visualisation, for latent DNA detection
Deborah Ann Hughes, Bianca Szkuta, Roland van Oorschot and Xavier Conlan

Paracetamol (acetaminophen) hepatotoxicity increases in the presence of an added herbal compound
Susan Britza, Ian Musgrave and Roger Byard

Providing a Forensic Expert Opinion on the “Degree of Force”: Evidentiary Considerations
Hans de Boer, Charles Berger and Soren Blau

Quantification of mixtures of analogues of illicit substances by benchtop NMR spectroscopy
Yejin Lee, Yevgen Matviychuk, Ben Bogun, Cameron Johnson and Daniel Holland

Rapid DNA from a disaster victim identification perspective: Is it a game changer?
Zoe Bowman, Runa Daniel, Dimitri Gerostamoulos, Noel Woodford and Dadna Hartman

Reactivity of the RSID™-Saliva test to α-amylasepresent in vaginal secretions
Vivian Pham-Nguyen, Natasha Mitchell, Julie Absolom, Maria Bellis and Julianne Henry

Source determination of homemade ammonium nitrate using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy, trace elemental analysis and chemometrics
Joshua D'Uva, David DeTata and Simon Lewis

Source Level Attribution: DNA Profiling from the ABAcard® HemaTrace® Kit
Louise Wallis, Catherine Hitchcock, Dennis McNevin and Jennifer Raymond

The Development of a New Capability: Geographic Profiling Analysis in Australia
Adam Marsden and Michael Taylor

The number of alleles in DNA mixtures with related contributors
Maarten Kruijver and James Curran

Using a multi-head, convolutional neural network with data augmentation to improve electropherogram classification performance
Duncan Taylor

Validation of a neural network approach for STR typing to replace human reading
Luke Volgin, Duncan Taylor, Jo-Anne Bright and Meng-Han Lin

Vehicular Locard’s principle and patterned tire markings
Roger Byard

What’s on the bag? The DNA composition of evidence bags pre- and post-exhibit examination
Claire Mercer, Julianne Henry, Duncan Taylor and Adrian Linacre

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