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Detecting the Organic Constituents of Gunshot Residue

Organic gunshot residue (OGSR) analysis may improve the reliability of determining whether a suspect has discharged a firearm because OGSR materials are less likely to be contaminated by the environment. A new In Brief from NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence examines how ion mobility spectrometry and mass spectrometry can be used to detect OGSR. Portable x-ray fluorescence has promise as a rapid screening method for detecting inorganic constituents.

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DHS Unveils Major Expansion of ICE Cyber Crimes Center

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah R. Saldaña presided over the unveiling of a major expansion of the ICE Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, Va. on July 22, 2015. The expanded center will provide ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with enhanced operational and training capabilities in order to meet the growing cyber mission of the agency and increasing workload of criminal cases with a cyber-nexus.

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2015 IAFN Conference Coming Soon

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The International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice, hosted by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, wil be held October 28-31, 2015 in Orlando, Fla. The purpose of the conference is to put state-of-the-art science into action and create best practices for fornesic nursing around teh world and across the lifespan.

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Upcoming SWAFS Annual Conference

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The Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists will host its 37th Annual Conference on October 19-23, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

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SWGDE Best Practices for Digital Audio Authentication

The Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE) has drafted and released for PUBLIC COMMENT a guideline of “Best Practices for Digital Audio Authentication". It can be found it on the SWGDE website at www.swgde.org/documents > Released for Public Comment.

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Fusion Centers Promote Cybersecurity

States can promote cybersecurity and enhance their capabilities by heightening the importance of cybersecurity as a mission of fusion centers, according to a paper released this month by the National Governors Association (NGA).

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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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