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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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