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Forensic Science Training for Laboratory Counsel

In this two-day program - July 28-29, 2015 - offered by West Virginia University with support from NIJ, laboratory counsel will learn the basic precepts of forensic science and how to effectively apply this information for trial. Attendees will be given information on evaluating the scientific rigor of expert testimony and the reliability of forensic evidence.

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New Center to Improve Statistical Analysis of Forensic Evidence

As part of a national collaborative effort to strengthen the scientific basis for forensic evidence used in the criminal justice system, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa) up to $20 million over five years to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence focused on pattern and digital evidence.

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Call for Workshops: Impression, Pattern & Trace Evidence Symposium

NIJ and its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence invite proposals for workshops to be held at the 2015 Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium in San Antonio, Texas. Accepted workshops will take place on August 25, 2015, which is the first day of the three-day event.

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Webinar: Understanding Massively Parallel Sequencing for DNA Analysis

Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is an exciting technology that could enhance the capabilities of forensic DNA analysts. But there are several challenges to implementing a MPS system in a crime laboratory, including training and education on fundamentals of the chemistry, functionality and genetic marker systems; validation criteria and study design; policy and data procedure developments related to CODIS operations; and perceived admissibility and privacy issues. NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence presents a four-part webinar series to address these and other topics.

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New Imaging Workstation Advances the Science of Fingerprint Detection

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Foster + Freeman Ltd, manufacturer of leading forensic science products, is pleased to announce the launch of DCS 5, the world’s most advanced fingerprint detection, capture, and enhancement workstation.

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Hair and Teeth Biomarkers Reveal Location of Birth, Death

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): Isotopic and Elemental Analysis of the William Bass Donated Skeletal Collection and Other Modern Donated Collections

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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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