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Forensic Wood Identification

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently published an "In-Brief" report highlighting the Forensic Wood Identification workshop that took place at the FTCoE's Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium (IPTES) January 22-25, 2018. The workshop provided an overview of wood identification, and guided participants through hands-on exercises.

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Funding for Tracking and Reporting SAKs

The National Institute of Justice is seeking funding applications from eligible states and units of local government that will inventory, track, and report the status of Sexual Assault Kits (SAKs).

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Webinar: Computerized Reconstruction of Fragmentary Skeletal Remains

A webinar on May 3, 2018, presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, will introduce a newly developed software tool called “Fragmento”. Viewers will be able to learn how to use Fragmento to sort and assemble skeletal fragmentary remains and reconstruct the full bone and biological profile.

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Solving a 4000-Year-Old Mummy Mystery

Work to extract DNA from a 4000-year-old mummy has broken new ground for analysis of extremely decomposed and degraded specimens.

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R&D in Forensic Science: Grants Available

The National Institute of Justice is seeking proposals for basic or applied research and development projects. An NIJ forensic science research and development grant supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project that will:

1. Increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice.
2. Lead to the production of useful material(s), device(s), system(s), or method(s) that have the potential for forensic application.

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Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System

The National Institute of Justice expects to award up to $4 million in grants with the goal of strengthening the medical examiner-coroner system in the United States. The program, which will include up to 10 one-year forensic pathology fellowship awards of $100,000, has the goals of 1) increasing the supply of qualified forensic pathology practitioners; and 2) strengthening the quality and consistency of medical examiner-coroner services. Applications for the Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program are due April 6, 2018.

 

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Digital-Image Management at Mass Gravesites

SKELETONIZED REMAINS that were carefully unearthed from the desert sands of Iraq tell their own story: the bones of an adult, still dressed in a woman’s apparel, lie supine. The skull is perforated by a bullet hole. Tucked in the space between the ribs and the left humerus is a much smaller skeleton, bones in the skull un-fused, and the fully clothed body partially swaddled in a blanket.

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