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DEA Conducts NFLIS Medical Examiner/Coroner Office Survey

In preparation for the planned expansion of its National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) — a program that collects drug chemistry analysis results and other information from cases analyzed by local, state, and federal forensic laboratories — the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is conducting a survey of medical examiner and coroners offices across the United States.

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Webinars: Applying Forensic Techniques to Humanitarian Projects

In case you missed it... An archived version of a webinar series from the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences is now available online. Hosted by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, the series includes webinars on detection of nerve agents in human bone; the analysis and conservation of remains in Cambodia; stable isotope forensics and unknown persons; and a review of forensic anthropology in Mexico.

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State Forensic Science Commissions Final Report

A report recently released by NIJ provides an overview of considerations in planning for and developing a state-level forensic science commission, taking into account the substantial differences among states regarding governance, culture, statutes, and crime laboratory systems.

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Digital Comparison of Torn Duct Tape

A new technical report has been made available by the NIJ, through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: "Quantitative Algorithm for the Digital Comparison of Torn Duct Tape". The report, written by William Ristenpart, Frederic Tulleners, and Alicia Alfter, is based on research intended to "minimize human contextual bias in decisions about whether torn duct tape found at a crime scene matches a duct-tape roll found in a suspect’s possession by combining digital image analysis and an objective, quantitative algorithm in assessing the likelihood of a match."

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3D Optical Topography Podcast

Episode Three of Just Science, funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, features Dr. Ryan Lilien, from Cadre Forensics, and Todd Weller, from the Oakland Police Department talking about their groundbreaking research in optical topography and firearms identification.

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2017 International Forensic Science Error Management Symposium

NIST and the FBI invite you to the second International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management, where speakers, panels, posters, and workshops will address ways to detect, measure, and mitigate forensic science errors. This symposium promises an eye-opening, candid appraisal of root causes and possible solutions while providing a forum for open dialog about this sensitive topic.

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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.

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