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MFRC Perspectives (Retro and Pro). Todd Zdorkowski Associate Director of MFRC June 6, 2013. Reminiscences. I attended my first Midwest Crime Lab Directors’ Meeting in April 2000, in Cincinnati, OH; Dr. Bill Dean, Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.

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Mfrc perspectives retro and pro

MFRC Perspectives (Retro and Pro)

Todd Zdorkowski

Associate Director of MFRC

June 6, 2013


Reminiscences
Reminiscences

  • I attended my first Midwest Crime Lab Directors’ Meeting in April 2000, in Cincinnati, OH;

    • Dr. Bill Dean, Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.

  • my second in April of 2001, Sioux Falls SD;

    • Rex Riis, South Dakota Forensic Laboratory.

  • and the MFRC began supporting these in 2002

    • Jerry Brown, Iowa DCI Criminalistics Laboratory

    • (and I’ve made all but two since then).

    • MFRC foundation-meeting (May 2000, following Bill/Cincinnati)

      • MFRC was founded by lab reps from: Iowa (DCI Criminalistics lab), Wisconsin (Wisconsin State Crime Lab-Milwaukee), Minnesota (Minnesota BCA Lab), North Dakota (ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation State Crime Laboratory) , South Dakota (SD Division of Criminal Investigation State Laboratory) , Kansas (Kansas Bureau of Investigation) , and Missouri (Missouri State Highway patrol, and SE Regional Crime laboratory) ; a regional rep from the ATF&E, a researcher from the FBI, and an officer of the National Terrorism Preparedness Center.


Reminiscences 2
Reminiscences(2)

  • MFRC foundation-meeting (May 2000, following Bill/Cincinnati)

    • MFRC was founded by lab reps from: Iowa (DCI Criminalistics lab), Wisconsin (Wisconsin State Crime Lab-Milwaukee), Minnesota (Minnesota BCA Lab), North Dakota (ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation State Crime Laboratory) , South Dakota (SD Division of Criminal Investigation State Laboratory) , Kansas (Kansas Bureau of Investigation) , and Missouri (Missouri State Highway patrol, and SE Regional Crime laboratory) ; a regional rep from the ATF&E, a researcher from the FBI, and an officer of the National Terrorism Preparedness Center.

    • Participating today: North Dakota (Hope Olson) and Iowa (Bruce Reeve)

    • Also, NE Illinois (second MFC meeting, Garth Glassburg)


Today s midwest forensics resource center mfrc
Today’s Midwest Forensics Resource Center (MFRC)

  • Midwest Forensics Resource Center (MFRC)

    • Is now over 60 state, regional, and municipal crime labs in 16 states

    • Population: 77.6 million, ~25.1% of U.S. population, from 2010 census


Collaborative goals of the mfrc
Collaborative Goals of the MFRC

  • Make the resources at regional universities and laboratories (and other places) available to crime labs and law enforcement

    • As: case work resources, training, education, R&D, and innovative lab management technology

  • Develop new resources to serve our partners and the nation’s crime laboratories

    • Example: Provide forensic R&D seed grants (~65 projects over 10 years)

    • Developed about 30 new or improved classes (out of ~100 total)

    • as well as ~10 TIMI projects


Mfrc guidance
MFRC Guidance

  • Comes from state, regional, county, and municipal labs or forensic units

  • Who defined the MFRC mission, and guide its programs

    • Suggesting: training, R&D , TIMI projects and other work-efforts

  • Partners review MFRC performance

    • via formal Advisory and Ad Hoc groups

    • also review: training curricula, class performance, R&D solicitations, R&D proposals and TIMI plans.

    • Labs participate directly in R&D and TIMI projects

  • And, the group convenes at the MFRC Annual meetings


Mfrc office
MFRC Office

  • MFRC office is in the USDoE Ames Laboratory: a US Department of Energy national laboratory (~300 FTE), operated by Iowa State University, located on its campus (fall 2012 enrollment ~31,040)

  • USDoE Ames Lab grew out of the Manhattan Project:

    • Invented the production process for producing Uranium metal

      • Produced 2 million pounds during the war years

    • Develops high purity and specialty materials

      • A world center for rare earth materials preparation and characterization

      • First photonic band-gap materials, first meta-materials theory, quasi-crystalline materials, new magentocaloric materials, synthesis of magentostrictive materials, superhard matterials, …)

    • Develops innovative Analytical Instrumentation

      • ICP-AES, ICP-MS, FTIR-PAS, TIRS all developed and made practical by Ames Lab researchers


Mfrc s mission areas
MFRC’s Mission Areas

  • Casework Assistance – mostly referrals

  • Training

    • Forensic Lab/Unit Management

    • Discipline-specific classes

    • Analytical Instruments

    • Workshops at AFQAM and MAFS, Symposia

    • Digital Media (CD’s&DVD’s) available through website

    • Some recent webcasting

  • Education

    • Lab-Director/University-Administrator Forum, June 2010, Indianapolis


Mfrc mision cont d
MFRC Mision (cont’d)

  • Forensic Research

    • Oriented to Midwest, requires crime lab teaming, ~1year in length, peer-reviewed by Midwest examiners, about 60 projects over 10 years

  • TIMI, Technical Innovations in Management and Infrastructure

    • Projects suggested from field, teams composed of labs and subject-matter-experts, projects implemented and written-up for dissemination

    • Process mapping, Customer Survey tools, Recruitment and Retention, Expert Systems utilization

  • Other work-activities

    • SWGSTAIN, sponsor since Jan. 2009 (chair, secretary, logistics of meetings)

    • Midwest Crime Laboratory Directors Meetings

    • Director is a member of RDT&E IWG of the Subcommittee on Forensic Science (OSTP)


Recent developments 1
Recent developments (1)

  • MFRC lost its directed funding (after ~10 years)

    • New Federal Representative,

    • New University President,

    • Uncertain Congressional Funding Process

  • NIJ solicitation process does not support MFRC-style collaborative R&D or TIMI

  • NIJ ceased support of forensic training


Recent developments 2
Recent developments (2)

MFRC has found interim mission-like support:

  • The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (NFSTC in the past and RTI at present)

    • TIMI-like projects

      • Process Mapping and Improvement

    • Forensic Tech Transition projects

      • Remote Peer Review

      • ChemImage Condor for bodily fluid searching

      • Serial number recovery by magnetic imaging sensor

      • NIJ R&D project evaluations

      • Use of hydrogen as a carrier gas webcasts


Recent developments 3
Recent developments (3)

  • The Defense Forensic Science Command (USACIL)

  • Technology targeting, development and application projects

  • Military forensic technology needs

  • Crime Scene Artificial Intelligence

  • Imaging Systems

  • Firearms

  • MFRC NIJ R&D projects

  • Toolmarks – surface mapping and algorithms for comparison

  • Fs-LA-ICP-MS for trace materials analysis

  • Tracing cyber attacks through anonymization web servers

  • Bloodstains: fluid dynamics and high speed videography

  • Multivariate statistical algorithms for hyperspectral document imaging and analysis


Prospective s 1
Prospective(s)1

  • What’s Next (mostly off-mission)?

    • Defense Forensic Science Command (and USACIL)

      • Technology development, technology evaluation projects, other?

    • Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

      • Technology Transition projects?

    • NIJ

      • Basic and applied R&D projects?

    • NIST

      • Standards development projects?


Prospective s 2
Prospective(s)2

  • Ideas

    Continue with what we can while we can

    • Example: the Orion Development Group (ODG) the MFRC are offering a free web-based process mapping refresher course on July 23.

    • the course is a refresher course for those labs and individuals who have already been through process mapping training (i.e., managers and facilitators).

    • The course will be web-based and last 90 minutes.

    • The instructor for the course is Joe Brancaccio.

    • The exact time and platform details will be finalized once we know which labs and how many individuals will participate. Please contact Rudi Luyendijk at 515-294-2931 or [email protected]

      Sponsored events?

    • Labs/units that cluster together to fund an event?


Prospective s 3
Prospective(s)3

  • As always, we seek your guidance. We are in transition, hope to carry on, and would like to preserve the best of our traditions

    • What course(s) of action do you suggest?

      • What sorts of activities should we pursue?

      • What forms of support could we chase?

  • We are available to discuss this in greater depth with you off-line.


Thank you
Thank you

  • Todd Zdorkowski, Associate Director Midwest Forensics Resource Center USDOE Ames Laboratory Ames, Iowa 50011-3020 e-mail: [email protected]: 515-294-5640 fax: 515-294-4748 web: www.ameslab.gov/mfrc


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