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NIJ Uses Science to Find Solutions to Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits

Effective sexual assault responses requires regular communication, collaboration, and cooperation among all the stakeholders. Practitioners from law enforcement, district attorneys’ offices, forensic science, medical and mental health, and victim-support services who work together can improve responses to sexual assault. NIJ-funded research is being used to continually improve the effectiveness of our nation’s response to sexual assault.

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Using Strontium Isotope Data in Hair Analysis

Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available the following final technical report (this report is the result of an NIJ-funded project but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice):

Isotope Analyses of Hair as a Trace Evidence Tool to Reconstruct Human Movements: Combining Strontium Isotope with Hydrogen/Oxygen Isotope Data (pdf, 51 pages)

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Funding for Graduate-Level Researchers

Applications are now being accepted for the NIJ's Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (GRF-STEM), which sponsors promising doctoral students whose research aims to solve problems faced by criminal justice practitioners.

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Watch Live: Impression, Pattern, and Trace Evidence Symposium - Aug. 25-26, 2015

You can now register to watch portions of the Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium online. Join us August 25-26 to learn about the latest developments and challenges to analyzing impression, pattern and trace evidence.

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Processing DNA Samples with RapidHIT

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A Molecular Approach to Estimating Postmortem Interval

A technical report recently made available by NIJ through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, "Estimating Postmortem Interval: A Molecular Approach", written by Clifton P. Bishop, presents evidence that postmortem interval (PMI) may be estimated using a molecular approach that relies upon RNA segments.

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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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