LABORATORY NEWS
Webinar: Modeling the DNA Lab Process

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is presenting a live webinar on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 1-2 p.m. CST titled, "Development of a Dynamic Model of the DNA Laboratory Process."

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Save the Date: 2017 NIJ R&D Symposium

On February 14, 2017, the National Institute of Justice will present the Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting, which is free and open, provides an opportunity for attendees to learn about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas.

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Measuring Mechanical Properties of Evidence

NIST researchers are working to precisely measure the mechanical properties — how an object feels — of evidence. Specifically, they aim to demonstrate quantitative methods for measuring — nondestructively and at the nanometer size scale — the mechanical properties of four types of evidence: hair, documents, fingerprints and explosives.

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ISHI Conference 2016: Wrap-up

We shared in laughter and tears. We tempered our scientific pursuit of the truth with the story of an unimaginably strong survivor of rape. We witnessed the struggles of a man trying to find his identity and the joy of being reunited with real family members after 30 years of lies. I find it hard to succinctly describe to others what my first ISHI conference was like.

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Video: Progress on Testing Sexual Assault Kits

In a video produced by the National Institute of Justice, members from the Nevada Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Working Group describe the importance of using a multidisciplinary, victim-centered approach in addressing complex issues that arise while responding to sexual assault.

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Free Workshop: Imaging in Medicolegal Death Investigation

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting a Technology Transition Workshop, November 11-13, 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, titled Advanced Radiologic Imaging in Medicolegal Death Investigation.

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Product News

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: www.spectroline.com

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