First NSF-NIJ supported forensic science center launched

FIU has partnered with four other universities to create a first-of its kind center on forensic science that is supported by the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Justice.

Florida International University (FIU) is in partnership with four universities to develop the next generation of forensic science tools for government agencies, non-profits and private industry.

“At FIU we are passionate about finding solutions to the world’s most pressing issues, including innovations in forensic science,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “We’re excited to be in a leadership role collaborating with top researchers around the world to make an impact in this vital field.”

The Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) partnership received National Science Foundation (NSF) support to create a new Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science, the first NSF-supported center addressing these challenges. Funding for the center is provided in partnership with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science.

“This is truly a historic moment for research in the forensic sciences. The aim of the new center is to bring industry and government stakeholders in contact with academia to conduct research that is relevant to stakeholder needs,” said chemistry and biochemistry professor José Almirall, the center’s director and the director of FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute. “For a very small investment, our industry and government partners benefit from research being conducted at five universities. Our faculty and students benefit from the collaborations amongst the universities as well as amongst the industry and government partners. This translates into innovation and job offers for our students.”

The new center will draw heavily…

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