New Books for March 2018

Here's a few new titles in forensic science: Forensic Ecogenomics; Digital and Document Examination; HR Management in the Forensic Science Laboratory; Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory Manual; and A Laboratory Manual for Forensic Anthropology.

Forensic Ecogenomics: The Application of Microbial Ecology Analyses in Forensic Contexts
by T. Komang Ralebitso, Sr.

This book provides intelligence on important topics, including environmental sample provenance, how to indicate the body decomposition timeline to support postmortem interval (PMI) and postmortem submersion interval (PMSI) estimates, and how to enhance identification of clandestine and transit grave locations. A diverse group of international experts have come together to present a clear perspective of forensic ecogenomics that encapsulates cutting-edge, topical and relevant cross-disciplinary approaches vital to the field. It considers the effects of decomposition on bacterial, fungal and mesofauna populations in pristine ecosystems.

Digital and Document Examination
by Max Houck

This volume belongs to the Advanced Forensic Science Series, which grew out of the recommendations from the 2009 NAS Report: Strengthening Forensic Science: A Path Forward. This book will serve as a graduate level text for those studying and teaching digital forensics and forensic document examination, and is also an excellent reference for forensic scientists’ libraries and use in their casework. Coverage includes digital devices, transportation, types of documents, forensic accounting and professional issues. Edited by a world-renowned leading forensic expert, the Advanced Forensic Science Series is a long overdue solution for the forensic science community.

HR Management in the Forensic Science Laboratory: A 21st Century Approach to Effective Crime Lab Leadership
by John M. Collins

This book introduces the profession of forensic science to human resource management, and vice versa. The book includes principles of HR management that apply most readily, and most critically, to the practice of forensic science, such as laboratory operations, staffing and assignments, laboratory relations and high impact leadership. A companion website hosts workshop PowerPoint slides, a forensic HR newsletter and other important HR strategies to assist the reader. Provides principles of HR management that readily apply to the practice of forensic science.

Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory Manual, Second Edition
by Marilyn Miller

This new edition is written by a former crime scene investigator and forensic scientist who provides practical, straightforward, and immediately applicable best practices. Readers will learn the latest techniques and procedures, including deconstructing first responder contamination; the preliminary walk-through; utilizing associative evidence; enhancing trace, biological, and chemical evidence; and reconstructing scenes through wound dynamics, glass fracture patterns, bloodstain patterns, ballistics, and more. This lab manual provides information and examples for all aspects of crime scene investigation. In addition, included exercises teach the proper techniques for securing, documenting and searing a crime scene, how to visualize or enhance the evidence found, how to package and preserve the evidence, and how to reconstruct what happened at the crime scene. This manual is intended to accompany any crime scene investigation textbook.

A Laboratory Manual for Forensic Anthropology
by Angi Christensen and Nicholas Passalacqua

This book approaches forensic anthropology as a modern and well-developed science, and includes consideration of forensic anthropology within the broader forensic science community, with extensive use of case studies and recent research, technology, and challenges that are applied in field and lab contexts. It covers all practical aspects of forensic anthropology from field recoveries to lab analyses, emphasizing hands-on activities. Topics include: human osteology and odontology, examination methods, medicolegal significance, scene processing methods, forensic taphonomy, skeletal processing and sampling, sex estimation, ancestry estimation, age estimation, stature estimation, skeletal variation, trauma analysis, and personal identification. Although some aspects are specific to the United States, the vast majority of the material is internationally relevant and therefore suitable for forensic anthropology courses in other countries.

 
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