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ASCLD Announces New Innovation Award

January 9, 2020 — The Forensic Research Committee of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors announced the First Annual Innovation Award. The goal of the award is to recognize activities highlighting new technologies, protocols, or tools that impact operational U.S. forensic science laboratories.

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How Law Enforcement Can Meet Criminals on the Dark Web

January 9, 2020 — A report prepared by RAND Corporation found that investment is needed in training at all levels of law enforcement to understand the dark web. Defined as the encrypted content that is not indexed by traditional search engines, the dark web allows criminals to conduct illegal activities without detection.

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ASCLD Train the Director Series Continues for Third Season

January 20, 2020 — For the third year, Forensic Technology Center of Excellence and ASCLD are teaming up to provide a series of informative webinars for laboratory directors, the Train the Director series.

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Webinar: DNA Evidence in Groping Sexual Assault Cases

January 14, 2020 — The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will present a webinar on Wednesday, January 29 that will cover evidence collection and packaging for trace DNA, laboratory workflow, validation studies, and clean techniques to use when collecting or working with DNA.

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An Introduction to the Maxprep Liquid Handler

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As forensic laboratories strive to meet the demands of processing an increasingly larger number of samples, establishing automated workflows can improve efficiency to meet those demands. While the Maxwell® platform addresses the DNA extraction needs of small- to medium-sized laboratories, many laboratories desire higher sample throughput as well as automation of one or more steps in their workflow.

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Rapid DNA Identifies Conception Boat Fire Victims

December 10, 2019 — Thirty-four people died in a tragic boat fire on September 2, 2019, off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, California. Five crew members escaped with injuries after calling for help, but the intense fire aboard the Conception dive boat left the other victims unrecognizable. Thanks to a technology funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and developed by Massachusetts- and Colorado-based ANDE Corporation, the 33 passengers and one crew member who died were quickly identified.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.

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