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The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Cameron M. Longo has been awarded the 2019-20 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for his paper, See the Forest for the Trees: A Non-Targeted Approach to Discerning Exposure to Explosives Using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-MS) and the Multivariate Statistical Model Random Forest. The award consists of $1,700, a plaque presented at the Criminalistics Section Business Meeting, complimentary meeting registration at a future AAFS meeting where his thesis has been accepted for presentation, and up to $1,300 for travel and per diem expenses toward the future meeting attendance.
Cameron is a PhD student whose primary research focus is on the detection and mapping of forensically relevant diagnostic small molecule markers—such as those indicative of exposure to psychoactive substances or explosives. This has application in both forensic and medical contexts as a means of determining potential sources of impairment while providing a definitive link between an individual and said materials, or proactively as a counterterrorism strategy. He recently authored a chapter in Methods in Molecular Biology titled, Detection of Diagnostic Plant-Derived Psychoactive Biomarkers in Fingerprints by MALDI-SpiralTOF-Mass Spectrometry Imaging and was a co-author on the Analytical Chemistry paper, Species Identification of Necrophagous Insect Eggs Based on Amino Acid Profile Differences Revealed by Direct Analysis in Real Time-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry.
Congratulations and good luck, Cameron, as you pursue your career in the forensic sciences!