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NIST 3D Ballistics Research Database Goes Live

“When an expert testifies that two bullets are a match, the jury wants to know, ‘How good a match is it?’” said Xiaoyu Alan Zheng, a mechanical engineer who conducts forensic science research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). No forensic results have zero uncertainty.

Researchers are developing statistical methods for quantifying that uncertainty, and the main obstacle they face is a lack of sufficient data. This month NIST released the largest open-access database of its kind—the NIST Ballistics Toolmark Research Database—to help remove that obstacle."

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IADLEST 2016 Conference Update

More than 240 law enforcement executives gathered June 5-8, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for intensive training, information sharing, fellowship and business networking during a conference hosted by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST). Attendees represented 42 states throughout the USA, as well as representatives from 14 other countries, including Albania, Algeria, Bosnia, the Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Philippines, Nigeria, Nepal, Mexico, Colombia, Kosovo, Indonesia, South Africa and Pakistan.

 

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3rd Annual AISOCC Educational Conference Wrap-up

The AISOCC 3rd Annual Educational Conference, June 26-29, 2016 in St. Louis, started the week on Sunday with a Presidential Reception and Book Signing Event. Many AISOCC authors and vendors had their books on display for purchase and personal autographing for the conference attendees. President Kenneth Mains opened Monday ceremonies and Vice President Dr. Laura Pettler introduced and welcomed the conference vendors.

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Identifying Wartime Remains in Vietnam

In a Hanoi, Vietnam, hotel conference room, Mike Coble led a group of scientists through a series of calculations. Coble’s presentation was heavy on the statistics, and this created a lot of work for the translators. It took two of them, working tag-team, to keep up. Coble is a scientist at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and an expert in forensic DNA analysis. Before NIST, he was the research director at the U.S. Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, where he supported U.S. efforts to identify the remains of servicemen killed in Vietnam and other wars.

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Webinar: Digital Evidence and the CSI Effect

End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) recently announced an upcoming, free webinar, "Digital Evidence: Successfully identifying and acquiring electronic evidence to combat the CSI effect." The 90-minute webinar will be held Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 2 pm ET.

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New Webpage: Forensic Applications of Microbiomes

As the Administration launches the National Microbiome Initative, the National Institute of Justice is highlighting contributions to the field on a new webpage. The site highlights how NIJ has expanded funding of research into the forensic applications of microbiomes since 2011.

 

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Crime Scene Revisited

Faces of the victims recovered from the scene of a genocide.

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