LABORATORY NEWS
Registration Open for 2018 R&D Symposium

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently announced that registration is now open for onsite attendance of the 2018 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium.

 

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New Opioid Webinar - One Lab's Approach

A live webinar at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 will focus on the North Carolina Medical Examiner System and the toxicology laboratory that serves the system. The webinar is presented by the NIJ's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.

 

 

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NFSTC to Retire DNA Laboratory Audit Program

As of December 31, 2017, the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) will no longer provide DNA laboratory auditing services. NFSTC has been a provider of DNA audits for 15 years. In a recent release, the organziation stated, "We are grateful for our many friends and customers in the DNA community."

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Wrongful Convictions and DNA Exonerations

An article recently published in the NIJ Journal provides a "review of erroneous convictions that involved forensic science can help identify critical lessons for forensic scientists as they perform testing, interpret results, render conclusions, and testify in court."

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Webinar: Predicting Human Appearance from DNA

A webinar on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 will discuss how DNA can help predict human appearance, with a particular focus on pigmentation.

 

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NIST Experts Urge Caution in Using 'Likelihood Ratio' in Courtroom Presentations

Two experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are calling into question a method of presenting evidence in courtrooms, arguing that it risks allowing personal preference to creep into expert testimony and potentially distorts evidence for a jury.

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New Books

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Most forensic disciplines attempt to determine the “who” of a crime. But bloodstain pattern analysis focuses on the “what happened” part of a crime. This book is the third edition of Blood-stain Pattern Analysis. The authors explore the topic in depth, explaining what it is, how it is used, and the practical methodologies that are employed to achieve defensible results. It offers practical, common-sense advice and tips for both novices and professionals. www.crcpress.com

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