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It’s a new year
...with new magazine features.

AS YOU GO THROUGH this issue of Evidence Technology Magazine, you will likely notice some new additions to our regular lineup. Here is a quick look at some of those new features:

  • Tool Kit (Pages 6-7)—We decided to improve our usual Product News section in order to provide you with a more focused look at new products for forensic-laboratory and crime-scene applications. This issue, for example, features laboratory workstations. The March-April issue will focus specifically on forensic light sources. We will continue to update you on Product News via our website, so be sure to check back often for new-product releases online.
  • Organization Profile (Page 8)—As the landscape of forensic science changes, practitioners look to professional organizations for leadership, resources, accreditation, and certification. In each issue, we will feature a professional organization and take a look at how its officers and members are working to address issues and controversies facing a particular forensic-science discipline. In this issue, we launch this new feature with one of the foremost organizations serving forensic science: the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
  • The Friction Ridge (Page 10)—The science of friction-ridge examination may be more than 100 years old, but those working in this field are faced with a continually changing and evolving environment in the courtroom. This new feature, focusing on testimony and other legal and procedural issues, will be brought to you this year by a handful of different authors—all well-known latent-print examiners. Even if fingerprints are not part of your job, you are likely to find valuable information here for courtroom testimony as an expert witness. In this issue, Michele Triplett sheds light on Brady material.
  • Modus Operandi (Page 12-13)—“Understanding how things work is as important as making things work,” writes David A. Thornton, the author of our new column, “Modus Operandi”. In each issue, Thornton will pick apart various processes and techniques to help you understand what is happening and how it happens. For example, in this issue you will read about the physical properties of blood and how those properties affect the way it moves and responds to the world around it.

I hope these additions help make Evidence Technology Magazine an even more useful tool for you as you learn and work in the field. Please be sure to let me know what you think.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.