2016 Symposium Discipline Awards

The award winners for the 2016 Symposium in Auckland were:

Best Oral Presentations
Archaeology & Anthropology Sherry Nakhaeizadeh Initial exposure to extraneous factors at the crime scene and subsequent bias in the processing of skeletal remains
Shari Forbes Establishing Australia’s first ‘body farm’: The Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (highly commended)
Biological – Casework Kate Cheong-Wing Familial searching of DNA profiles from skeletal remains cases using STRmix in the Northern Territory
Nick Burnow Taking mixed DNA samples further than ever before: successes of mixed sample database searching (highly commended)
Biological – Research Runa Daniel Massively parallel sequencing: the next generation of forensic DNA analysis
Patricia Albani Background levels of Y-DNA in female intimate samples (highly commended)
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Kirstie Caren Determining the Time Since Deposition of Bloodstains Using Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy and Internationally Recognised Chromaticity Values
Ravishka Arthur Eye-tracking: A Tool For Understanding Bloodstain Pattern Classification (highly commended)
Botany Kirstie Scott Examining the temporal variation of diatoms as trace evidence indicators: implications for forensic ecology
Duncan Jardine Genetic assignment testing on tree species (highly commended)
Chemical Crim Kim Quayle The development of routine trackside detection of equine metabolic performance manipulation using lab-on-a-chip technology
Sally Gamble Forensic intelligence gathering: the detection of explosives in the wastewater system (highly commended)
Clandestine Labs Cameron Johnson Rapid drug testing at the border – the customs – ESR (CESL) screening laboratory at Auckland international airport
Jenna Wolf Investigation of Direct Sample Analysis – Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (DSA – TOF) for the Forensic Analysis of Seized Drugs (highly commended)
Crime Scene Investigation Scott Harris Burglars don’t kill babies: a case study exploring human factors within the context of crime scene scenario development
John Berketa Burnt beyond recognition: the retrieval of post-mortem information for victim identification (highly commended)
Document Examination Caroline Mireault Analysis of polymers in false travel and identity documents: A new contribution to a forensic intelligence
Nicole Chandler A validation study testing the skills of qualified document examiners in determining the printing process used to produce documents (highly commended)
Education & Training Carol Henderson Judicial and legal education in the forensic sciences
Gavin Henderson Development of a Professional Development and Recognition Program for the Forensic DNA Branch at the Forensic & Analytical Science Service (highly commended)
Electronic & Digital Kurt McManus Interactive 3D models of crime scene exhibits
Dana Michalski Facial image comparisons of children: how does the age of children in images affect human and algorithm performance? (highly commended)
Fingerprints Xavier Conlan A visualisation software protocol for fingerprint analysis on bullet casings and related substrates
Chris Lennard Metal-organic frameworks applied to fingermark detection: evaluation of the technique (highly commended)
Fire Investigation Holly Yu Investigations into the fate of explosives in soil
Alexander Smyth Detection of fingermarks after a car bomb explosion (highly commended)
Firearms & Toolmarks Gerard Dutton Unusual firearm used in suicide
Cedric Parisien Reconstruction of obliterated serial number in polymers through Raman (highly commended)
FIRMS Jennifer Mallette Geographically Sourcing Cocaine’s Origin – Delineation of the nineteen major Coca growing regions in South America
Christy Mancuso Fingernail Stable Isotopes Reveal Travel History and Distinguish Between Residents and Non-Residents (highly commended)
Management & QA Dorothea Delpech Exurban criminality: are rural and urban criminals the same species?
Thekla Ganiaria The proFSSA project: One LIMS to rule them all (highly commended)
Odontology Haskell Pitluck The status of bite mark evidence in the United States
Lyndall Smythe Innovations of post mortem computed tomography (PMCT) in forensic odontology and identification – a presentation of two cranio-facial superimposition cases using PMCT at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) (highly commended)
Pathology Agathe Ribereau-Gayon Multidisciplinary approach to identifiy cookiecutter shark bite marks on victims in marine environments
Martin Evison Patterns of microbial bioerosion in exhumed bone (highly commended)
Science & Justice Helen Earwaker

The role of psychological theories in the enhancement of forensic science decision-making: an experimental study into the effect of global and local processing

Nadine Smit
Sherry Nakhaeizadeh
Robert Parkinson Effects of partial wrapping of buried cadavers on decomposition rate (highly commended)
Toxicology/Pharmacology Taryn Guinan Direct detection of illicit drugs from biological fluids by desorption ionisation mass spectrometry with Nanoporous silicon Microparticles
Eric Ji Min Teoh Development of a comprehensive multiclass pesticide screening method in whole blood by QUECHERS and LC-QTOF (highly commended)
Wildlife, Fisheries & Entomology Natalie Gasz The effect of humadity on blowfly growth rates, and the impact on post mortem interval calculations
Greta Frankham Together informing progress: regional capacity building to improve frontline wildlife forensics (highly commended)
 Best Posters
Archaeology & Anthropology Stephanie Marhoff Determining an accurate method for estimating the post-mortem interval of decomposed remains found in a temperate Australian environment
Biological – Casework Jeremy Austin Back to the future 1: an historical MTDNA database for Australia to determine maternal biogeographic ancestry of recovered WWII human remains
Andrew Donnelly Phadebas® Press Test at Room Temperature (highly commended)
Biological – Research EmilyRowe SNP profiling by Direct PCR
Linda Wurfel Further investigations into RSID Saliva false positive test results with fruit juices and other beverages (highly commended)
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Eryn Kwon CSI in Engineering
Chemical Crim Kareana Uern Glass on Clothing and Shoes of the General Population in South Australia
Alison Beavis The influence of storage duration on OGSR collected using swabs and stubs (highly commended)
Clandestine Labs Deborah Stephen An excel based database to store and search spectra from a variety of sources
Vivienne Hassan Analysis of paper doses containing NBOME compounds (highly commended)
Crime Scene Investigation Petr Bendl Development of solution of mass disaster victim identification on the territory of the Czech Republic
Document Examination Susan Joseph Forensic handwriting examiners’ expertise at determining whether a child’s drawing has been modified by an adult: A pilot study
Education & Training Barbara Larkin A comparison of the experiences and perceptions of Australian tertiary forensic science students, teachers and industry personnel for different delivery modes
Fingerprints Indrika Benedict The value of effective scene reconstruction
Stephanie Oliver Orange is the new black: the use of OPD and ZAR-PROTM strips for the development fingermarks in blood on a dark-coloured, non-porous surface (highly commended)
Fire Investigation Holly Yu Investigating the adhesion of explosives to different surfaces (highly commended)
Alexander Smyth Visualisation of fingerprints on improvised explosive devices post-blast
FIRMS Brett Tipple Strontium isotope ratios of human hair from the United States: trends, patterns, and aberrations
Management & QA Therese Marie McCusker The unquantified costs of improving technology
Pathology Gemma Innes Assessment of the craniocervical junction in cases of death by hanging: a study using post-mortem computed tomography
Paola Magni Effective use of diatoms to verify an alibi (highly commended)