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Are Those Fly Feces or Bloodstains?

University faculty have won a $154K grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to develop a technique for law enforcement to distinguish fly artifacts from human bloodstains.

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Identifying Criminal Nuclear Activity

Determining if an individual has handled nuclear materials, such as uranium or plutonium, is a challenge national defense agencies currently face. The standard protocol to detect uranium exposure is through a urine sample; however, urine is able to only identify those who have been exposed recently. Now, scientists at the University of Missouri have developed procedures that will better identify individuals exposed to uranium within one year. Scientists and homeland security experts believe this noninvasive procedure could identify individuals who may be smuggling nuclear materials for criminal purposes.

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New Sexual Assault Glossary Online

The FTCoE, in collaboration with the Center for Nursing Excellence International (CFNEI), recently developed a sexual assault glossary for medical, law enforcement, and legal professionals.

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'CyberSeek' for Cybersecurity Job Seekers

On November 1, 2016, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) introduced CyberSeek, an interactive online tool designed to make it easier for cybersecurity job seekers to find openings and for employers to identify the skilled workers they need.

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How Jurors Respond to Expert Testimony in Forensics

Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available a final technical report titled, "Communicating Forensic Science," written by N.J. Schweitzer.

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Property Room News - November 2016

Police agency property and evidence rooms get a lot of media attention, both positive and negative. Here are a few of the recent P&E headlines.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.

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