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Rolling Wireless Net Improves First-Responder Communications

First responders often have trouble communicating with each other in emergencies. They may use different types of radios, or they may be working in rural areas lacking wireless coverage, or they may be deep inside large buildings that block connections.

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Study Examines Effectiveness of SANE Intervention
A Practice Profile recently posted on the NIJ's CrimeSolutions.gov website rates the effectiveness of utilizing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) in cases of rape and sexual assault. The results of the study were mixed, rating the practice effective for the treatment of sexually transmitted infections and the administration of emergency contraception, but the practice had "no effect" in the number of rape kits collected.
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Archived Webinar: Fingerprint Reporting with Individualization

A webinar from the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence has been archived online: "New Paradigm for Fingerprint Reporting". In November 2015, the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC) issued an Information Paper announcing the decision to cease the use of the terms “individualization” and “identification” in latent print technical reports and expert witness testimony.

 

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Webinar Series: Neurobiology of Sexual Assault

The organization End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) recently announced a new, two-part webinar series, Neurobiology of Sexual Assault, to be held September 15 and September 19, 2016.

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NIJ Works to Resolve Wrongful Convictions

Multi-disciplinary research is critical to building knowledge on how to prevent and resolve wrongful convictions and ensure those that are innocent are exonerated, but there’s another side to wrongful convictions that is rarely discussed: their impact on both the exonerated and original victims of crime.

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Blood of King Identified After 80 Years

The death of King Albert I of Belgium in 1934 – officially a climbing accident – still fuels speculation. Forensic geneticist Maarten Larmuseau and his colleagues at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) have now compared DNA from blood found on the scene in 1934 to that of two distant relatives. Their analysis confirms that the blood really is that of Albert I. This conclusion is at odds with several conspiracy theories about the king’s death.

 

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New Books

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Most forensic disciplines attempt to determine the “who” of a crime. But bloodstain pattern analysis focuses on the “what happened” part of a crime. This book is the third edition of Blood-stain Pattern Analysis. The authors explore the topic in depth, explaining what it is, how it is used, and the practical methodologies that are employed to achieve defensible results. It offers practical, common-sense advice and tips for both novices and professionals. www.crcpress.com

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