New Center to Improve Statistical Analysis of Forensic Evidence

As part of a national collaborative effort to strengthen the scientific basis for forensic evidence used in the criminal justice system, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa) up to $20 million over five years to establish a Forensic Science Center of Excellence focused on pattern and digital evidence.

The official announcement was made during the 46th Annual Training Seminar of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners in Dallas, Texas.

Led by Iowa State, the center is a partnership that includes Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Penn.), the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.) and the University of California, Irvine (Irvine, Calif.). Its research will focus on improving the statistical foundation for fingerprint, firearm, toolmark, dental and other pattern evidence analyses, and for computer, video, audio and other digital evidence analyses.
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