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Emerging Forensic Research Series: Firearms and Toolmarks Research - Archival
Forensic science research and development plays a key role in the advancement of the practice of forensic science, as noted by the 2009 National Academies of Science report “Strengthening Forensic Sciences in the United States: A Path Forward.” 
Original Live Webinar took place on 02/26/2019

The Emerging Webinar Series provides a platform for researchers to present their novel NIJ-supported research to the forensic community. While this research presented may be ongoing, this series presents a unique opportunity for researchers to connect and discuss technology transition pathways, early research outcomes, and challenges.
In this installment of the Emerging Research series, two researchers presented on their current research in the firearms and toolmarks discipline. Dr. Robert Maher from the University of Montana discussed his work analyzing firearm acoustical characteristics and progress on building a database of these signatures from personal recording devices. Dr. Rene Rodriguez of Idaho State University presented on his work recovering defaced serial numbers on various materials.

Detailed Learning Objectives:

1.	Overview of two NIJ-supported emerging research projects in the firearms and toolmarks discipline and their progress 

2.	Potential impact of these emerging firearms-related research projects to the forensic community

3.	Discussion of next steps and transition of these research projects into the forensic community 

This webinar was recorded in its entirety at the time of the Live event in order to capture the one on one interaction with the presenter. Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event has been provided by the National Institute of Justice.


Rene Rodriguez & Rob Maher
Rene Rodriguez - Chemistry professor at Idaho State University, and holds a B.S in Chemical Engineering and an MS and PhD in Physical Chemistry.

Rob Maher - Joined the Montana State ECE faculty in August, 2002. He holds a BS degree from Washington University in St. Louis, an MS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana, all in Electrical Engineering.