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Podcast Recaps NIJ's 2021 R&D Symposium

September 20, 2021 — In its ongoing podcast, Just Science, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently featured a miniseries of interviews with program managers of the four NIJ forensic portfolios a the 2021 R&D Symposium. The online meeting hosted 600 attendees from around the world.

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How DNA Identifies the Origins of Honey

September 20, 2021 — If you've spent any time thinking about potential forensic uses for DNA, determining the origin of honey probably wasn't among those uses. But in an effort called the Honey DNA project, the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute Center of Excellence (BTI) is doing just that: using country-specific plant DNA sequences to determine just where the bees got their pollen, and thus where the resulting honey originated.

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It's National Forensic Science Week

September 20, 2021 — In case you missed it, September 19–25, 2021 is officially National Forensic Science Week. What began as a movement among forensic leaders in 2013 to give a nod to quality forensic science has truly become a national movement. Cities and states across the country have issued proclamations to recognize National Forensic Science week.

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How Fingerprint Examiners Feel About Probabilistic Reporting

September 20, 2021 — The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence will host a webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 22 looking at "A Survey of Fingerprint Examiners' Attitudes Towards Probabilistic Reporting".

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FTCoE's Workforce Calculator Project

August 10, 2021 — The Enhanced Workforce Calculator — a means for determining the needed workforce within metropolitan, regional, and state forensic crime laboratories — is now available on the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence website.

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On DNA Mixture Interpretations, with NIST's John Butler

July 28, 2021 — In this Q&A, John Butler, a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), discusses the basics about the importance of DNA mixture interpretation in forensic science.

 

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New Books

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Most forensic disciplines attempt to determine the “who” of a crime. But bloodstain pattern analysis focuses on the “what happened” part of a crime. This book is the third edition of Blood-stain Pattern Analysis. The authors explore the topic in depth, explaining what it is, how it is used, and the practical methodologies that are employed to achieve defensible results. It offers practical, common-sense advice and tips for both novices and professionals. www.crcpress.com

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