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Forensic labs today face obstacles beyond the routine processing and analysis of casework. Increasing caseloads, backlogs and tightening budgets are just a few of these challenges.

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National Institute Awards $20 Million to Forensic Science Center

May 18, 2020 — The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded $20 million in renewed funding to the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence, an interdisciplinary group of more than 60 participants at the University of California, Irvine and five other U.S. institutions of higher education.

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Webinar Examines Vascular Neck Restraints

June 12, 2020 — The Academy of Forensic Nursing will host a free webinar on June 24 discussing the Forensic and Medical Evaluation of "Chokehold" Patients. The event is geared toward attorneys, law enforcement, advocates, forensic nurses, and emergency/health-care providers.

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ISHI 31 Moves to Virtual Event

June 8, 2020 — The International Symposium on Human Identification, scheduled for September 14-17, 2020, has announced that it will be held this year as a virtual event.

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ASCLD Adds New Content to Accreditation Initiative Toolkit

May 7, 2020 — One of ASCLD’s primary goals is to promote quality operations. Universal accreditation has been identified as an important initiative to achieve this goal. ASCLD is committed to advocate for funding streams to assist agencies pursuing accreditation. ASCLD partners with forensic science organizations, accrediting bodies, and other domestic and international stakeholders to promote the value of accreditation.

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Two New Forensic DNA Standards Added to the OSAC Registry

May 12, 2020 — The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science has placed two new standards covering the interpretation of DNA evidence on its registry of approved standards. This stamp of approval from OSAC, which is administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), indicates that these standards are technically sound and will help forensic laboratories improve their processes and methods.

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Item of Interest

The language barrier between English-speaking investigators and Spanish-speaking witnesses is a growing problem. (Updated 28 February 2011)

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