In 2009 the National Academy of Sciences published a report critical of the practice of many disciplines in forensic science, noting that many of current disciplines lacked underlying scientific research. Among the recommendations in the report were to “Conduct research into accuracy, reliability and validity of all forensic tests”, and to “encourage academic/government research collaboration on measurement validity, quality, and education for practitioners”. Through our collaborative research agenda, The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education has taken up that challenge.
The Center, working with our partners at Arcadia University, Thomas Jefferson University and Temple University has developed research projects and initiatives that apply new technologies to problems in forensic science, and validate existing methods and techniques. The Center has an active research program in many forensic disciplines, focusing on forensic biology, forensic chemistry and forensic toxicology.
Our facility in Willow Grove is equipped with state of the art instrumentation acquired through the generosity of our Foundation, and our partners at NMS Labs, Agilent Technologies®, Sciex®, and Waters®. The instrumentation is used exclusively for faculty and student research and teaching, in both our academic collaborations, and our continuing education courses.
In addition we have successfully pursued grant opportunities with government and private funding agencies such as the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), The Department of Defense (DoD) and The National Safety Council (NSC for laboratory based research projects, field assessments of new technologies, practitioner surveys of forensic testing practices, and development of guidelines and recommendations for best practices. Our researchers and students publish in cutting edge peer reviewed journals, and present their work at major regional, national and international forensic science meetings.
Check out our current and completed research initiatives, presentations, and publications.