LABORATORY NEWS
Doors Open to New State-of-the-Art Laboratory

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Dan Ragsdale, and Virginia Congressman Rep. Gerry Connolly unveiled on July 20, 2016 a major renovation of the ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Forensic Laboratory in Tysons Corner, Virginia, to support the growing mission and capabilities of the one-of-a-kind lab.

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Impression Pattern and Trace Evidence Webinar Series Archived

A 17-webinar series from the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence has been archived online for on-demand viewing. The "Impression Pattern & Trace Evidence Webinar Series" is specifically designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern and trace evidence, law enforcement and legal communities.

 

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Forensic Science Group Calls for More Funding & Support

The American Congress of Forensic Science Laboratories (ACFSL), a multidisiplinary assembly of professionals employed in United States forensic science laboratories, recently published a position statement, "How Can America Fix Its Crime Labs?"

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Video Privacy Software Lets Users Select What Others See

Camera-equipped smartphones, laptops and other devices make it possible to share ideas and images with anyone, anywhere, often in real-time. But in our cameras-everywhere culture, the risk of accidentally leaking sensitive information is growing. Computer scientists at Duke University have developed software that helps prevent inadvertent disclosure of trade secrets and other restricted information within a camera’s field of view by letting users specify what others can see.

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NIST 3D Ballistics Research Database Goes Live

“When an expert testifies that two bullets are a match, the jury wants to know, ‘How good a match is it?’” said Xiaoyu Alan Zheng, a mechanical engineer who conducts forensic science research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). No forensic results have zero uncertainty.

Researchers are developing statistical methods for quantifying that uncertainty, and the main obstacle they face is a lack of sufficient data. This month NIST released the largest open-access database of its kind—the NIST Ballistics Toolmark Research Database—to help remove that obstacle."

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IADLEST 2016 Conference Update

More than 240 law enforcement executives gathered June 5-8, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for intensive training, information sharing, fellowship and business networking during a conference hosted by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST). Attendees represented 42 states throughout the USA, as well as representatives from 14 other countries, including Albania, Algeria, Bosnia, the Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Philippines, Nigeria, Nepal, Mexico, Colombia, Kosovo, Indonesia, South Africa and Pakistan.

 

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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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