Dr. Candice Bridge, the first black woman to teach chemistry at the University of Central Florida, has been given a substantial grant — and she plans to use it to research ways to improve investigative methods in sexual assault cases, the Atlanta Black Star reported.
The National Institute of Justice gave Bridge $324,000 to pursue alternatives to DNA testing using resources to which only the FBI and a handful of forensic labs have access, according to a press release announcing the award on Nov. 30.
“This grant will enable us to conduct research into a unique new means of identifying perpetrators of sexual assault when traditional DNA evidence doesn’t exist,” Bridge said in the release. “It’s an important line of research that has become even more important as rapists attempt to elude capture by covering their DNA tracks after an assault.”
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