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April 2nd, 2007
Fairfield professor takes aim at crime-scene forensics
A Fairfield resident has developed a method to perform forensics on gunpowder residue on shots fired at close range, which criminal labs in the past have had difficulty tracing.
Saion Sinha is an assistant professor in the physics department of the University of New Haven. The school's renowned forensics-science department includes Henry Lee, whose high-profile cases have included the Washington, D.C., sniper shootings, the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation and the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
Sinha stumbled upon his idea after approaching forensics faculty members about applying principles of nanotechnology, the discipline of manipulating structures measuring billionths of meters in size, to crime-scene investigations. One professor shared photos of gunshot residue, sparking Sinha's own investigation with two students.
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