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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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ISHI Conference 2016: Wrap-up

We shared in laughter and tears. We tempered our scientific pursuit of the truth with the story of an unimaginably strong survivor of rape. We witnessed the struggles of a man trying to find his identity and the joy of being reunited with real family members after 30 years of lies. I find it hard to succinctly describe to others what my first ISHI conference was like.

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Lifting Latent Fingerprints from Difficult Surfaces

ALMOST ANYONE can find, process, and lift a latent print that happens to be in a logical and obvious place like a door handle, a beer can, or a butcher knife. But sometimes, a latent print is not just sitting there in a logical and obvious place. Sometimes, you have to use your imagination to find the print and your skills to lift it.

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