SWGDE Releases More Drafts for Public Comment - July 2018

In July, the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence released the following documents in draft form for public comment. Members of the forensic community are invited to provide feedback, which will be reviewed and addressed by SWGDE before publishing the documents as final.


New ASTM Guide for Facial Image Comparison

ASTM International’s committee on forensic sciences (E30) has approved a new guide that will help with facial image comparison.

More Research: Multi-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography for the Analysis of Seized Drugs

In a report based on research funded by the NIJ, author Ira Saul Lurie investigated the potential for multi-dimensional liquid chromatography to enhance the ability to identify emerging drugs. The project focused on the separation of emerging drugs such as synthetic cannabinoids, bath salts, and phenethylamines, and certain of their positional isomers.


Research on Portable Mass Spectrometry Systems

A project funded by the NIJ assessed the feasibility, analytical performance, anticipated legality of field usage, and the economics of broad implementation of portable mass spectrometry (MS) systems featuring simplified sample handling methods.


ISHI 29 Comes to Phoenix in September

Are you interested in advancing your forensic science career, learning about the latest DNA technologies and meeting others who share your passion for forensic science? If so, then you’ll want to attend the 29th International Symposium on Human Identification in Phoenix this fall.

Data-Sharing Website May Speed Response to New Illegal Drugs

The drug overdose epidemic currently gripping the nation is so tenacious in part because it’s being driven by fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that comes in many forms. Each form has a slightly different chemical structure, and clandestine chemists are constantly cooking up new ones. From a law-enforcement perspective, this makes fentanyl a moving target and very difficult to control.

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Interview with an Expert

One of the more specialized areas of crime-scene investigation has to do with searching for evidence of arson. To get some background in this area, we spoke with an individual who has had more than 46 years in fire service, 24 of which have focused specifically on fire/arson investigation.