2014 Symposium Discipline Awards

The award winners for the 2014 Symposium in Adelaide were:

Best Oral Presentations
Archaeology, Anthropology & Odontology Brad Ross Access to patient databases to assist with antemortem record retrieval in forensic odontology
Biological Criminalistics Kaye Ballantyne Contextual biasing in biological examinations and DNA collection
Nano Nagle Antiquity and diversity of Australian Aboriginal Y chromosomes: a perspective (highly commended)
Eletra Williams RNA Suspension FISH; A Novel Method for Single Cell Identification (highly commended)
Biometrics Alice Towler Can rating feature similarity improve face matching accuracy?
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Nick Laan Impact velocity of blood droplets for crime scene reconstruction
Niki Osborne How Reliable are Current Methods for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis on Fabric? (highly commended)
Patrick Geoghegan & Michael Taylor The Use of a Novel Physical Model for Gunshot-Related Blood Spatter Simulation (highly commended)
Chemical Criminalistics Regina Verena Tautde The Development and Comparison of Procedures for the Combined Collection of Organic and Inorganic Gunshot Residues
Georgina Sauzier Discrimination and classification of blue-dyed acrylic fibres using microspectrophotometry with chemometrics (highly commended)
Crime Scene Investigation Claire Ferguson Staged Homicides: An examination of common features of faked burglaries, suicides, accidents and car accidents
Document Examination Simon Baechler The systematic processing of forensic science data to provide crime intelligence: the example of false identity documents
Education & Training Cyril Muehlethaler Interactive teaching and E-learning as complementary tools for forensic science students: an example with a microscopy Bachelor course
Electronic Evidence Jason Barr Data accuracy of photo-fitting into 3D point clouds
Fingerprint Examination Mackenzie de la Hunty Investigation of current and new techniques for the development of fingermarks on porous substrates that have been wet
Firearms & Toolmarks Jason Barr Crime Scene Trajectory Recording and Representation Using 3D Laser Scanning
Fires & Explosions John Goodpaster Mapping of explosive residues on pipe bomb container fragments by a novel total vaporization technique
Illicit Drugs & Clandestine Laboratories Kerrie-Anne Maroney Investigation of the l-Phenylacetylcarbinol Process to Substituted Benzaldehydes of Interest
Management & Quality Assurance Katrina Edmonson A Multi-discipline approach to Forensic Case Management and examinations
Pathology & Clinical Medicine Sarah Weller The use of electrolysis in the examination of stented coronary vasculature
Science & Justice Kate Cashman Lawyers’ Use of DNA Evidence in Criminal Trials
Peter Woodman The effectiveness of forensic science in the criminal justice system: measuring the impact of chemical trace evidence on police investigations & court trials (highly commended)
Toxicology & Pharmacology Hilary Hamnett Toxicology case studies from New Zealand involving LC-TOF-MS
Wildlife Forensics & Entomology Rebecca Buis Confirming the validity of human decomposition fluid as a cadaver-detection dog training aid
Michael Pais Histological Method for Aging the Eggs of C. vicina Using Qualitative Determination of Anatomical Structures (highly commended)
Best Posters
Archaeology, Anthropology and Odontology Oznur Gulhan Skeletal sexing standards in a complex population: A potential aid in the forensic identification of human remains in Turkey
Biological Criminalistics Sue Ventiner LMD DNA Analysis of Archived Casework Slides
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Natasha Garcia Contamination of bloodstain patterns on fabric: what is the impact?
Chemical Criminalistics Karen Cavanagh-Steer Body Bags – A Trace of Trace
Crime Scene Investigation Michael Lee Using helicopter mounted Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) to locate human remains via the heat signature of maggot masses
Document Examination Melanie Holt The effect of tape lifting on the ability of the ESDA® to recover latent indentations in paper
Education & Training Shirly Berends-Montero Adding Value to a Professional Visit
Fingerprint Examination Michelle Death Effects of Fingerprint Development Protocols on DNA Yield using Magnetic Bead Extraction
Firearms & Toolmarks Alex Caruana Choking the Life Out of Less Lethal Munitions
Fires & Explosions Margaret Black Field Test Kits for Collection of Ignitable Liquid Residues: The First Year of Use
Illicit Drugs & Clandestine Laboratories Christopher Ewers Potential limitations of handheld Raman devices in identifying illicit drugs
Management & Quality Assurance Loene Howes The effectiveness of communication of expert opinion: Themes from interviews with police and scientists
Pathology & Clinical Medicine Roman Lenchine Does the use of insecticide interfere with DNA recovery and profiling?
Toxicology & Pharmacology Amy Kok The toxicology of fatal cases involving opium poppies in Tasmania
Wildlife Forensics & Entomology Katelynn Perrault Establishing the persistence of an odour signature in decomposition soil