CRIME SCENE NEWS
New Tool Eases Sexual Assault Reporting

A Wilmington, North Carolina-based technology company, Ten8Tech, will unveil Victim Link at the End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) conference in Orlando, Florida, on April 18, 2017. Victim Link is a sexual assault reporting platform for law enforcement agencies and victim advocacy organizations.

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Researchers Working Toward Indoor Location Detection

Rice University computer scientists are mapping a new solution for interior navigational location detection by linking it to existing sensors in mobile devices. Their results were presented in a paper at last month's 2017 Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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New Program to Assist Agencies in Tracking SAKs

The NIJ recently announced a new solicitation that will assist eligible states, units of local government, and tribal governments to inventory, track, and report all untested and unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). Many law enforcement agencies do not have computerized systems to track the processing of SAKs, so the program will help such jurisdictions ensure accountability and transparency for the collection, processing, and testing of SAKs.

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Living Sensors at Your Fingertips

Researchers at MIT say they have designed a new "living material" that has potential for sensing chemicals in the environment, and in the human body. Xuanhe Zhao, the Robert N. Noyce Career Development associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, says the material, described as a "tough, stretchy, biocompatible sheet of hydrogel injected with live cells that are genetically programed to light up in the presence of certain chemicals" could be adapted for crime scene investigation and forensic science.

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Apply to Present at Crime Analysts Conference

The NIJ Research Track at the International Association of Crime Analysts Conference is hosting a call for presentations to feature innovative research at the conference on September 11-15, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Selected applicants will be reimbursed by NIJ for per diem, conference fees, lodging and domestic travel.

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Error and Uncertainty in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: Archived Webinar

In case you missed it, the webinar presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, "Error & Uncertainty in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis," has been archived and can be watched at your leisure.

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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.

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