11 Jan 2019

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid receives Stephen Fry Engaged Researcher of the Year Award

University of Dundee academics whose ground-breaking work transform lives around the world have been hailed by former Rector Stephen Fry. The actor, broadcaster, comedian and writer praised the winners of this year’s Stephen Fry Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research at a presentation ceremony at the University on Friday. Designed to celebrate the sharing of the world-class research carried out at Dundee, the accolades highlight the project and individual deemed to have made the greatest contribution to public engagement over the past year. The winner of the Engaged Researcher of th...

8 Feb 2019

The link between St Valentine's Day and forensic ballistics

St Valentine’s Day is the day people are encouraged to show affection but it is also the date of one of the most famous unsolved crimes.  As part of the gang warfare that formed part of the scene in Chicago in the 1920s and 30s, seven men were lined up against a wall in a Clark Street garage in Chicago and shot on the 14th February 1929.  The organiser behind the St Valentine’s Day massacre has never been identified, though it would be interesting to know if that would still be the case had this happened today.  Eye witnesses reported hearing machine guns at the time of the ...

6 Mar 2019

Join our Forensic Hackathon for #Datafest19

The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science team are inviting members of the public to help them interpret newly released ballistic and chemical datasets that will ultimately help support a fair and just criminal justice system. On the 11 March we will issue two important forensic science datasets and we are inviting people to come up with new interpretations of them as part of a ‘hackathon’ challenge which will take place between 11–22 March. A final presentation event at LRCFS on Friday 22 March will allow people to see what has been created as part of the challenge and meet the...

7 Mar 2019

LRCFS Researcher receives Winston Churchill Fellowship to aid understanding of forensic science

Dr Lucina Hackman, from the University’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS), has been awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship to investigate what lessons UK police and courts can learn from other countries.  She will use her Fellowship to explore the relationship between forensic science and the criminal justice systems in Australia and Canada. She will visit both countries later this year to research the different ways in which forensic science is carried out in each, from the way evidence is collected at a crime scene to information pr...