LABORATORY NEWS
New Sexual Assault Response Recommendations

Earlier in August, the National Institute of Justice released a new report that offers research-based recommendations for responding to sexual assault cases. "National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach” includes 35 recommendations that were designed to assist medical professionals, law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors, and laboratories in implementing coordinated, collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to sexual assault investigations.

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Live Opioid Series Registration Now Open

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is presenting a webinar on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 1 pm EDT, "Opioids and the Drain on Laboratory Resources." The event is part of the Opioid Crisis — A Public Health Enemy Webinar Series.

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Webinar: Analysis of Automotive Paint Binders

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently announced a free webinar, "Automotive Paint Binders Using Infrared Spectroscopy," on July 31, 2017 at 1 pm EST. The lecture describes the identification of automotive paint binders using infrared spectroscopy, with an emphasis on key absorptions to seek when examining such spectra.

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Webinar: High-Res Mass Spec for Detecting Fentanyl Analogues

ForensicED recently announced a webinar, "Power of High Res Mass Spec to Detect Fentanyl Analogues," scheduled for July 27, 2017. This webinar will summarize the pharmacology of NPFs, trends of abuse, and explore novel techniques for the analysis of NPFs in forensic toxicology casework using Quadrupole Time-of-Flight (Q-TOF) mass spectrometry applications.

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Study Examines Evidential Value of Very Small Particle Profiles

A project funded by the National Institute of Justice measured the evidential value of very small particle (VSP) profiles found on four types of physical evidence: handguns, cell phones, drug packaging, and ski masks.

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DEA Conducts NFLIS Medical Examiner/Coroner Office Survey

In preparation for the planned expansion of its National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) — a program that collects drug chemistry analysis results and other information from cases analyzed by local, state, and federal forensic laboratories — the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is conducting a survey of medical examiner and coroners offices across the United States.

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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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