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Media Advisory: UAlbany's Northeast Regional Forensic Institute Awarded U.S. Department of Justice Grant to Improve Forensic Services

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 17, 2006)

Congressman Michael R. McNulty, Provost Susan Herbst and Northeast Regional Forensic Institute (NERFI) director W. Mark Dale will announce the creation of a new pilot project developed by NERFI to link the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) used by forensic labs to the Prosecutor Case Management System (PCMS). Connecting these two systems will leverage information technology to increase the efficiency, timeliness and quality of forensic services offered to the criminal justice community. Congressman McNulty was instrumental is securing $100,000 for NERFI from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) in the U.S. Department of Justice to move this project forward.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006, 10:00 a.m.

Hon. Michael R. McNulty, Congressman, 21st District (New York), United States House of Representatives
Sean Byrne, Executive Director, New York Prosecutors Training Institute
Robert Carney, Schenectady County District Attorney
Patricia DeAngelis, Rensselaer County District Attorney
Susan Herbst, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University at Albany
W. Mark Dale, Director, Northeast Regional Forensic Institute, University at Albany
Lynn Videka, Vice President for Research, University at Albany
Don Orokos, Department of Biology, NERFI, University at Albany

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Background: About NERFI
The Northeast Regional Forensic Institute (NERFI) is a collaborative partnership between the University at Albany and local forensic laboratories founded in 2004 with the support of New York Senator Charles E. Schumer. NERFI is designed to address a nationwide shortage of forensic scientists, which has created critical casework backlogs in labs across the nation. In 2005, NERFI established the DNA Academy, an academic program designed to shorten the conventional one-on-one mentor training programs of forensic scientists from one year to six months, with dedicated advanced forensic training facility, university-approved curriculum, and a staff of University at Albany faculty and nationally renowned visiting scientists. Students successfully completing the 12-week DNA Academy earn 12 graduate credits and meet all mandated state, national and international accreditation standards for forensic laboratories. For more information, visit Forensic Molecular Biology.

University at Albany Division for Research
The mission of the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University at Albany is to support the development and dissemination of new knowledge in a world-class research environment. The Division strives to create and advance intellectually stimulating and rewarding collaborations among faculty, students, research partners, and clients.


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