A look at the year ahead

Welcome to 2014 and Volume 12 of Evidence Technology Magazine. If you flip to the Table of Contents, you will see that this issue is jam-packed with a plethora of topics: computer forensics, Rapid DNA, bloodstain research, matching missing persons with unidentified remains, digital image management, recovering bloody impressions, and mass spectrometry.

It’s a wide-ranging issue for a wide-ranging industry.

This year, we are looking forward to bringing you two regular features:

A column from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will detail some of the research and development coming out of that agency. NIST is at the forefront of forensic science work at the federal level, and we are excited to be working directly with them to bring you more information about their efforts.

Each issue will also include a column on forensic DNA technology. In this issue, retired Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch Louis E. Grever describes how “implementing Rapid DNA testing at the point of arrest will not simply evolutionize our criminal justice system, it will revolutionize it.”

You can also look forward to topics such as forensic video analysis, evidence management, chemical analysis, mobile apps, and AFIS in future issues of the magazine. Be sure to keep an eye on our Digital Edition as well as the print edition, as each issue will feature digital exclusive material—such as the story on field-portable mass spectrometry in this issue of the magazine. You can read that story here.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and story suggestions. Please send me an email any time.

Best of luck to you in the New Year!

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