ANZPAA NIFS Best Paper Awards 2023


WINNER: Best Paper - Forensic Fundamentals
Misidentifications of alphanumeric characters in serial number restorations
Joel Waszczuk, Lochlan Peacock, Scott Chadwick, Philip Maynard, Jennifer Raymond and Claude Roux

Reference measurements for average human neurocranial bone density to inform head trauma interpretations
Samantha Rowbotham, Calvin Mole, Diana Tieppo, Magda Blaszkowska, Stephen Cordner and Soren Blau

WINNER: Best Paper - Capability Enhancement and Innovation
A lights-out forensic DNA analysis workflow for no-suspect crime
Duncan Taylor and Damien Abarno

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Best Paper - Capability Enhancement and Innovation
Preparation of a low-cost fingerprint powder that harnesses white light to emit long-lived phosphorescence
Scarlet Hopkins, Kristen Clarke, Matthew Krosch and William Gee

WINNER: Best Technical Article, Note or Case Study
Verification of a reduced sample extraction time for the RSIDTM-Saliva test
Felicia Bardan, Vivian Pham-Nguyen, Julie Absolom, Maria Bellis, Natasha Mitchell and Julianne Henry

N,N-Diformylmescaline: A novel analogue of mescaline detected in Queensland
Ryan Gallagher, Maddison McLaughlin, Karen Blakey, Urs Wermuth, Sue Boyd and Jenny McGowan

WINNER: Best Literature Review or Opinion Article
Textile damage science—Is it a reliable science?
Kate Sloan, Macarthur Fergusson and James Robertson

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Best Literature Review or Opinion Article
An interdisciplinary forensic approach for human remains identification and missing persons investigations
Ayusha Dahal, Dennis McNevin, Madelen Chikhani and Jodie Ward

WINNER: Best New Publisher in a Refereed Journal
Novices cannot fill the examiners' shoes: Evidence of footwear examiners' expertise in shoe comparisons
Rachel Chapman, Stephanie Summersby, Tanya Lang, Jennifer Raymond and Kaye Ballantyne



List of Submissions

A casework study: The effect of the porcine digestive process on animal carcasses and human teeth
Lauren Atwood, Russell Lain, Jessica Kotzander, Penny McCardle, Brett Mason, Jennifer Raymond and Alison Sears

A comprehensive study into false positive rates for 'other' biological samples using common presumptive testing methods
Angela Stroud, Amelia Gamblin, Penny Birchall, SallyAnn Harbison and Stephanie Opperman

Changing diagnostic patterns in cases of sudden and unexpected natural death in infants and young children: 994–2018
Roger Byard and Luzern Tan

Changing trends and characteristics of one punch deaths in Australia (2012-2018)
Jennifer Schumann, Reena Sarkar, Marko Grbic, Olaf Drummer, Dimitri Gerostamoulos, Linda Iles and Richard Bassed

Characteristics of analytically confirmed gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) positive patients in the emergency department: Presentation, poly-drug use, disposition and impact on intensive care resource utilisation
Peter Stockham, Emma Partridge, Sam Alfred, Laura Boyle, Andrew Camilleri, Hannah Green, Daniel Haustead, Melissa Humphries, Chris Kostakis and Jake Mallon

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)—features and forensic considerations
Roger Byard, Marianna Tiemensma, Michael Buckland and Robert Vink

Designing the future of forensic science: mêtis and forensic intelligence
Michael Taylor

Development of a simple cell harvesting method to maximise DNA recovery from historic microscope slides for sexual assault investigations
Colby Hymus, Scott Egan and Jasmine Tay

Developmental validation of STRmix™ NGS, a probabilistic genotyping tool for the interpretation of autosomal STRs from forensic profiles generated using NGS
Kevin Cheng, Jo-Anne Bright , Hannah Kelly, Yao-Yuan Liu, Meng-Han Lin, Maarten Kruijver, Duncan Taylor and John Buckleton

Enhanced efficiency of PreFilerTM BTA DNA extraction kit with PrepFilerTM lysis buffer top-up over sample remnants
Courtney Cameron, Colby Hymus, Kenny Quach, Shannen Blackwell and Jasmine Tay

Exploring how the LR of a POI in a target sample is impacted by awareness of the profile of the background derived from an area adjacent to the target sample
Jack Reither, Duncan Taylor, Bianca Szkuta and Roland van Oorschot

Extending the discrete Laplace method: incorporating multi copy loci, partial repeats and null alleles
Maarten Kruijver, Duncan Taylor and John Buckleton

Guide to the postmortem investigation of starvation in adults
Jack Garland and Rebecca Irvine

Increased incidence of mixed drug toxicity deaths involving tapentadol – a forensic study
Lilli Stephenson, Corinna Van Den Heuvel, Melissa Humphries, Timothy Scott and Roger Byard

Investigations into fentanyl precursors method classification by handheld Fourier transform infrared an Raman spectroscopy combined with multivariate statistical analysis
Hugh McKeown, Trevor Rook, James Pearson and Oliver Jones

Management and disclosure of quality issues in forensic science: A survey of current practice in Australia and New Zealand
Anna Heavey, Gavin Turbett, Max Houck and Simon Lewis

Microbial degradation products of lurasidone and their significance in postmortem toxicology
Jared Castle, Danielle Butzbach, G. Stewart Walker, Claire Lenehan, Frank Reith, Samuel Costello and K. Paul Kirkbride

Myocarditis in the forensic setting
Adele Oyarzun, Sarah Parsons and Richard Bassed

Myocarditis in the forensic setting – a review of the literature
Adele Oyarzun, Sarah Parsons and Richard Bassed

Persistence of cellular material after exposure to water
Madison Nolan, Oliva Handt and Adrian Linacre

Recovery of integrated and surface trace DNA from illicit drug tablets
Amy Griffin, K. Paul Kirkbride, Julianne Henry, Ben Painter and Adrian Linacre

Retro-Friedel crafts unlocks a new class of ATS precursors
Timothy Currie and Sean Davis

Standards and accreditation
Anna Heavey and Max Houck

The isotopic compositions of hexamine solid fuel tablets used to manufacture hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD) explosive
Tony Peter, James Carter, Emily Bennett and Shalona Anuj

Time dependent effects of decalcification and formalin solutions on 9mm calibre fired bullet striae
Matthew Bolton, Joel Waszczuk, Daniel Paine and Timothy Berry

Voronoi natural neighbours tessellation: An interpolation and grid agnostic approach to forensic soil provenancing
Michael G Aberle, James Robertson and Jurian Hoogewerff

Previous Award Recipients

Previous recipients of the NIFS Best Paper Awards can be downloaded here and are also be found in NIFS quarterly newsletter, The Forensic Exhibit.

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