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Sexual Assault Grant Deadline Approaching

The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence - Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program (SAFE-ITR) — offered through the NIJ — will fund states, units of local government, and tribal governments to implement the evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs).

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Forensic Optical Topography

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently released a new landscape study on Forensic Optical Topography and its relevance to firearm identification.

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Webinar: Development of a Probe Capture NGS System for Forensics

Registration is open for a free, two-hour webinar that will explain the development of a probe capture NGS system for analyzing complex and low-level mixtures, highly degraded, and limited DNA samples.

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Call for Abstracts: NIST's 2017 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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New Paper on Trace Metal Analysis

Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available the following final technical report, "Trace Metal Analysis by Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry and X-Ray K-Edge Densitometry of Forensic Samples," written by Jonna Elizabeth Berry.

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SWGDAM Releases Recommendations for DNA Processing of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

The Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) recently posted its "Recommendations for the Efficient DNA Processing of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits" (December 5, 2016).

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Item of Interest

The language barrier between English-speaking investigators and Spanish-speaking witnesses is a growing problem. (Updated 28 February 2011)

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