LABORATORY NEWS
Application Open for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis on Textiles Workshop

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence announced that they are accepting applications for "Bloodstain Pattern Analysis on Textiles: A Technology Transition Workshop." The hands-on workshop will take place October 11-13, 2017 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Podcast Focuses on Gunshot Acoustics Research

Just Science, a podcast presented by RTI International's Center for Forensic Science, recently released an episode titled "Just Gunshot Acoustics". The episode features an interview with Dr. Rob Maher of Montana State University's Electrical & Computer Engineering department.

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New Sexual Assault Response Recommendations

Earlier in August, the National Institute of Justice released a new report that offers research-based recommendations for responding to sexual assault cases. "National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach” includes 35 recommendations that were designed to assist medical professionals, law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors, and laboratories in implementing coordinated, collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to sexual assault investigations.

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Live Opioid Series Registration Now Open

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is presenting a webinar on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 1 pm EDT, "Opioids and the Drain on Laboratory Resources." The event is part of the Opioid Crisis — A Public Health Enemy Webinar Series.

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Webinar: Analysis of Automotive Paint Binders

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently announced a free webinar, "Automotive Paint Binders Using Infrared Spectroscopy," on July 31, 2017 at 1 pm EST. The lecture describes the identification of automotive paint binders using infrared spectroscopy, with an emphasis on key absorptions to seek when examining such spectra.

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Webinar: High-Res Mass Spec for Detecting Fentanyl Analogues

ForensicED recently announced a webinar, "Power of High Res Mass Spec to Detect Fentanyl Analogues," scheduled for July 27, 2017. This webinar will summarize the pharmacology of NPFs, trends of abuse, and explore novel techniques for the analysis of NPFs in forensic toxicology casework using Quadrupole Time-of-Flight (Q-TOF) mass spectrometry applications.

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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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