Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2020-21 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. Six FSF Lucas Grants have been awarded for 2020-21, and we are pleased to announce the following recipients:

Armando Anzellini, MA—$4,410 for Exploring Intra-Skeletal Variation in Stable Isotope Analysis Through Non-Destructive Approaches: Applications for the Patterns of Skeletal Remodeling to Forensic Contexts

Stephanie J. Cole, MS—$3,511 for Developing Subadult Sex Estimation Standards Using Adult Morphological Sex Traits and an Ontogenetic Approach

Samantha Davis, BS—$6,000 for Optimization of a Sperm Capture Method Using Three Antibodies in Conjunction With Immunomagnetic Beads

Thomas J. Gluodenis, PhD—$6,000 for Profiling Trace Element Contaminants of Toxicological Interest in Commercially Available, Full Spectrum, Hemp-Derived CBD Tincture Oils

Madeleine J. Swortwood, PhD—$6,000 for Fentanyl Analogs in Dried Plasma Spots

Lauren Weidner, PhD—$4,733 for How Hot is Too Hot? Analyzing the Effects of Extreme Temperatures in Arid Environments on Insect Colonization


Armando Anzellini, MA

Stephanie J. Cole, MS

Samantha Davis, BS

Thomas J. Gluodenis, PhD

Madeleine J. Swortwood, PhD

Lauren Weidner, PhD

Congratulations to all recipients!

And a big thank you to the FSF Research Committee – Laura Fulginiti (Chair), William Johnson, Carl McClary, Andrew Seidel, Claire Shepard, and Kathryn Pinneri.