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Midwest Forensics Resource Center receives FLC Partnership award


Federal Laboratory Consortium recognizes MFRC’s technology transfer success

AMES, Iowa – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory Midwest Forensics Resource Centerreceived the Outstanding Partnership award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Mid-Continent Region. The FLC Outstanding Partnership award recognizes the MFRC’s efforts to promote technology transfer between federal government facilities and the private or public sectors. 

The MFRC aims to develop new techniques in forensic science and to transfer those techniques to crime laboratories throughout the Midwest. One method of technology transfer is collaborative crime lab-centered forensic research projects that partner crime laboratories with scientists at the MFRC or Midwestern universities.

“All of the MFRC’s efforts are designed to develop, test and evaluate more efficient and reliable methods of analyzing evidence and to get information about those methods out into crime laboratories where we hope the new techniques will help busy forensic scientists,” said David Baldwin, director of the MFRC. “We are pleased that the Federal Laboratory Consortium recognized our efforts and the efforts of our partner crime laboratories.”

 The MFRC also organizes training and development to transfer specialized forensic science and operations techniques to crime laboratory staff. Training topics range from examining the ink on questioned documents to bloodstain pattern analysis.

The FLC Outstanding Partnership award is jointly shared by the MFRC and MFRC’s 2007-2008 research, development and technology transfer partners: Federal, state and local publicly funded crime laboratories in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

“I am thrilled the MFRC was recognized by the Mid-Continent Region of the FLC,” said Deb Covey, Ames Laboratory associate director of sponsored research. “Since its inception, the MFRC has exemplified the term ‘technology transfer’ by not only partnering with the Midwest forensic community to provide new techniques and processes, but also by effectively transferring knowledge through new training components.”

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory operated for the DOE by Iowa State University.  Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global challenges.