Dr. Jose Almirall, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry will serve as the plenary speaker for the 2019 Annual Research Symposium. The symposium will be held from March 13-14 in the John Garrick Hardy Student Center at Alabama State University.
As an outstanding teacher, a top scientist, and an international leader in his field, Almirall will present recent advances and perspectives in forensic science, including the achievements from his laboratory at FIU. The title of the plenary talk is “Physical evidence examinations and comparisons: From basic research to standardized forensic practice.”
Almirall serves as the director of the Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was the former director of the International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) at FIU. His previous work included 12 years with the Miami-Dade Police Department Crime Laboratory where he testified in more than 100 criminal cases in state and federal courts.
As the director of the center, Almirall coordinates industry-driven research with four universities, two dozen faculty and over 100 undergraduate and graduate students. His research group was awarded three patents for developing tools in forensic science, allowing Almirall to start commercializing his inventions.
Almirall has published more than 140 scholarly articles and a book based on his research. He is one of four academics to serve on the Forensic Science Standards Board of the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), a national organization for setting standards in the forensic disciplines managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He currently serves as chair of the Chemistry Scientific Area Committee of OSAC and as editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal, Forensic Chemistry. He is a consultant on forensic science matters for the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Almirall is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Science and was the founding chairman of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. He is one of eight Hispanic scientists and engineers recently recognized by the NSF as national leaders in their areas of research.
Melinda Hoder contributed to this article. This article originally appeared on Alabama State University’s news site.