Getting Research into Practice

A new NIJ program is giving funds to help researchers disseminate their work to practitioners.

New Report Focuses on Fire Debris Analysis

A new technical report, Interpretation of Ignitable Liquid Residues in Fire Debris Analysis: Effects of Competitive Adsorption, Development of an Expert System and Assessment of the False Positive/Incorrect Assignment Rate (pdf, 153 pages), was recently released by NIJ through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.

Recorded Workshop: Best Practices for Sexual Assault Investigations

A recording is now available from the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence forum on “Best Practices for the National Response to Sexual Assault Investigations.” This forum focused on emerging techniques and developments in evidence collection and analysis, forensic analysis using Y-STR capabilities, victim-centric care approaches, and the key factors that are essential to policy change. Presenters also discussed best practices when resolving issues related to sexual assault.

Evidence Says: December Symposium Showcases Forensics at NIST

Forensic science research goes back a long way at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—more than a century. In fact, the agency served as the nation’s federal crime laboratory from 1913 to 1932, when the FBI established its own operation. Today, NIST research programs continue to make significant contributions to forensics, strengthening its scientific underpinnings and ensuring the credibility necessary for effective criminal justice.

Precision Cleaner Proven Effective for Forensic Cleaning Applications

-Sponsored- Micro-90 Cleaning Solution is ideal for forensic laboratory and crime scene cleaning applications.

Webinar: Evaluating Transfers of Materials

NIJ's Forensic Science Technology Center or Excellence (through RTI International) will host a free webinar October 28, 2014, "Evaluating Transfers of Materials and their Significance."

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Six interchangeable LED lamps

highlight the features of the OPTIMAX Multi-Lite Forensic Inspection Kit from Spectronics Corporation. This portable kit is designed for crime-scene investigation, gathering evidence, and work in the forensic laboratory. The LEDs provide six single-wavelength light sources, each useful for specific applications, from bodily fluids to fingerprints. The wavelengths are: UV-A (365 nm), blue (450 nm), green (525 nm), amber (590 nm), red (630 nm), and white light (400-700 nm). The cordless flashlight weighs only 15 oz. To learn more, go to: