Microbial Communities on Skin Leave Unique Traces at Crime Scenes

When a crime scene is searched for evidence, new research indicates that by swabbing surfaces that were likely touched by a perpetrator, investigators can find an identifiable skin microbial signature the person left behind. Although the work is preliminary and considered a "first step," one of the researchers noted that the work has demonstrated that "skin microbes can ... serve as individual evidence in a variety of scenarios."

NIJ Seeks Research on Violence Against Women

The National Institute of Justice recently issued a call for proposals on research to improve the the knowledge and understanding of intimate partner and dating violence, stalking, and sexual violence through science to best prevent and respond to these crimes.

Webinar: NIBIN Challenges and Opportunities

A webinar on Thursday, January 24, 2019 will discuss the challenges and opportunities regarding the implementation of the NIBIN program. NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network) is a national database of digital images of spent bullets and cartridge cases that were found at crime scenes or test-fired from confiscated weapons. The system is managed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

New Book: Homicide

A new book by Wayne Petherick and Natasha Peterick, titled Homicide, examines the incidence and prevalence of homicide in major western nations. It covers the biological, psychological, and social roots of homicide from genetic and evolutionary perspectives, but also considering emotions and influence of peers.

Forensic Nursing Conference Coming July 2019 to Indianapolis

The Academy of Forensic Nursing will present its Regional Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana July 15-16, 2019. The conference is entitled "Beyond the Bedside: Increasing the Footprint of Forensic Nursing".

NIST Evaluation Shows Advance in Face Recognition

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released an evaluation of facial recognition software. The report, which evaluated 127 software algorithms from 39 different developers, found that between 2014 and 2018, the software got 20 times better at searching a database to find a matching photograph.

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Image Clarification Workflow

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I received a call from Ocean Systems asking if I would like to beta test their newest software—ClearID v2.0 Image Clarification Workflow. The new progam has filters that were designed for use with Adobe’s Photoshop graphics-editing program.