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Webinar: Naming Novel Psychoactive Substances

July 19, 2021 — A one-hour webinar from the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence on Thursday, July 22 will address the challenge presented by the way novel psychoactive substances (NPS) are named, both scientifically and colloquially.

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Webinar: Ethics in Forensic Nursing

July 19, 2021 — The Academy of Forensic Nursing is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, July 21 titled "Ethics in Forensic Nursing: Case Reviews and Discussion". While forensic nursing is shaped by standards of practice and best practice guidelines, there are many factors that contribute to ethical dilemmas in forensic nursing care. This webinar will seek to highlight and explore ethical issues from de-identified case studies from AFN members.

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Webinar: Overdose Fatality Reviews

July 19, 2021 — A webinar on Tuesday, July 27 hosted by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, titled "Multiple Perspectives on Overdose Fatality Reviews", will take a look at engaging partnerships with coroners, medical examiners, and medicolegal death investigators during overdose fatality reviews.

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Study Gathers Data on Blunt Cranial Trauma

June 22, 2021 — A group of researchers from Michigan State University recently worked to compile the results of impact experiments on adult cadaver head specimens. The effort follows a push across the forensic community to generate data with known error rates.

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Webinar: Engaging Participants in Video Conferences

June 22, 2021 — The online meetings and conferences that proliferated due to need during 2020 are likely to remain a staple due to convenience in the years ahead. In a webinar presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence on July 7, attendees will learn how to keep participants active and engaged during an online meeting.

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Study Uses Rats to Determine Abuse Potential of Novel Psychoactive Substances

June 22, 2021 — Working to identify novel psychoactive substances (NPS) can be a strain on the already limited resources of a forensic laboratory. A study recently published in the journal Emerging Trends in Drugs, Addictions, and Health proposes a method of prioritizing NPS by using rats to determine how addictive they can be. By understanding which NPS are most addictive, the forensic community can better anticipate which substances are most likely to surge in popularity on the street.

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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.

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