Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2018-19 Lucas Grant Recipients


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Each year the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) awards monies in the form of grants to members of the forensic science communities to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research throughout the year. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Five FSF Lucas Grants have been awarded for 2018-19 and we are pleased to announce the following recipients:

Melanie M. Beasley, PhD—$6,000 for A New Multi-Stable Isotope Approach to Increase the Predictability of Determining Region-of-Origin for Human Biological Tissues

Catherine Cupples Connon, PhD—$5,920 for Evaluating the Use of the Colorimetric Indicator Eriochrome® Black T and Other Analytical Instruments for Detection of EDTA Within Forensically Relevant Blood Samples

Ryan Gutierrez, BS—$6,000 for DNA Profiling of Rootless Hair Shafts Utilizing Massively Parallel Sequencing

Paige L. Hinners, MS—$5,694 for High-Throughput Drug Screening of Biological Specimens Using Laser Ablation Electroscopy Ionization – Ion Mobility – Mass Spectrometry

Katherine E. Weisensee, PhD—$5,500 for GIS Application for Building a Nationally Representative Forensic Taphonomy Database

Congratulations to all the recipients!

Melanie M. Beasley, PhD

Paige L. Hinners, MS

Ryan Gutierrez, BS

Katherine E. Weisensee, PhD