Data Set of Bloodstain Patterns for Teaching and Research

August 29, 2019
The recipients of a NIJ grant have released a data set of blood spatter patterns though a Creative Commons license that makes them available to anyone conducting training or research in the forensic discipline of bloodstain pattern analysis.

Podcast Highlights Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners

September 3, 2019
The Just Science podcast from the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently interviewed Dr. Hope Smiley-McDonald and Connor Brooks about the Bureau of Justice Statistics' Census of Medical Examiners and Coroners.

Can Your Workforce Support the Caseload? Use this Calculator to Find Out

September 18, 2019
The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence last week released its Workforce Calculator. The calculator allows laboratories to identify how many personnel are needed to support a given level of casework.

Evidence Management Conference at NIST

Sept. 23, 2019 - Gaithersburg, Maryland
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will host the Evidence Management Conference on October 2-4, 2019 at the NIST Gaithersburg, Maryland campus.

Taking Analysts' Needs into Account

Forensic labs today face obstacles beyond the routine processing and analysis of casework. Increasing caseloads, backlogs and tightening budgets to name just a few. We designed Spectrum CE System with the day-to-day challenges of the forensic analyst in mind. Whether that means continuously accessible plates and flexible scheduling, 4-plate capacity or even simple ergonomic considerations like a raised door, Spectrum will make a noticeable improvement in an analyst’s workday.

Research: Forensic Potential of Individual Microbial Signatures

July 30, 2019
Research published in mBio, a journal by the American Society for Microbiology, and funded by a grant from the National Institute of Justice, sought to identify the various factors that affect individual microbial signatures by studying individuals in shared living environments — namely, dormitory buildings.

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Lifting Latent Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces

ALMOST ANYONE can find, process, and lift a latent print that happens to be in a logical and obvious place like a door handle, a beer can, or a butcher knife. But sometimes, a latent print is not just sitting there in a logical and obvious place. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to find the print and your skills to lift it.