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New Forensic Laboratory Needs TWG Created

The NIJ's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently announced the formation of a new forensic science technology working group, called the Forensic Laboratory Needs TWG (pronounced F-L-N-TWIG).

 

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SWGDE Releases Drafts for Public Comment - 2018

The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence has 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.

 

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Remote Access to Digital Evidence

So many investigations today involve digital evidence — and it grows increasingly likely all the time that this digital evidence is held at a remote location, possibly even by a company overseas. A report recently published by the RAND Corporation (made possible by an NIJ grant) seeks "to improve legitimate law enforcement access and use of remotely held digital evidence in a manner that is legal, effective, timely, and understandable."

 

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Upcoming Online Symposium: Forensic Toxicology

This three-day Forensic Toxicology Event, sponsored by RTI International and Agilent Technologies, will bring together the world’s leading forensic toxicologists to learn about critical issues and the various ways in which they are being addressed. The symposium takes place May 22-24, 2018.

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Webinar: DNA Kinship Testing

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently archived its DNA Kinship Testing Webinar Series, and it is now available for viewing online.

 

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Upcoming Conference: Forensic Analysis of Human DNA

The Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Forensic Analysis of Human DNA will be held June 17-22, 2018 at Sunday River in Newry, Maine. The mission of the second GRC is to create an international forum that fosters open discussion of cutting edge topics at the forefront of human identification research.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.

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