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Symposium explores the diverse forensic discipline of trace evidence

2009 Trace Evidence Symposium
scheduled for August 2-7, 2009

Next summer, a group of trace-evidence examiners, prosecutors, defense attorneys, violent-crime investigators, and other criminal-justice and forensic professionals will gather in Clearwater Beach, Florida to participate in the 2009 Trace Evidence Symposium. The event combines educational workshops with plenary sessions and case presentations to help attendees learn more about the discipline of trace evidence, a discipline that includes analysis of paint, glass, hair, fibers, particulate matter, botanicals, and impression evidence. This will be the second Trace Evidence Symposium sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the FBI Laboratory Division; the first was held in August 2007. The event itself is free, except for travel and lodging. You can watch the NIJ events web page for more information on the forthcoming 2009 event:

Explore archived materials
from the 2007 Trace Evidence Symposium

If you missed the first Trace Evidence Symposium, there is a great resource available online: the complete agenda from the 2007 event. The website includes PDF versions of slide shows presented at the symposium, as well as full audio and video of the presentations, available in Flash, Quicktime, or WMV formats. Some of the topics covered during the 2007 symposium included: technical presentations on Paint and Building Materials; Hair and Fibers; plus talks on Case Management Issues from Crime Scene to Court Room; the Need for Scientific Reliability in the Courtroom; Statistical Issues and Applicability to Sub-Disciplines; Glass Evidence in Forensic Science; Scientific Basis of Trace Evidence; and New Developments and State of the Art in Trace Evidence Examinations. To browse the 2007 Trace Evidence Symposium materials, go to:

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November-December 2008 (Volume 6, Number 6)
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