LABORATORY NEWS
Webinar Examines Vascular Neck Restraints

June 12, 2020 — The Academy of Forensic Nursing will host a free webinar on June 24 discussing the Forensic and Medical Evaluation of "Chokehold" Patients. The event is geared toward attorneys, law enforcement, advocates, forensic nurses, and emergency/health-care providers.

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ISHI 31 Moves to Virtual Event

June 8, 2020 — The International Symposium on Human Identification, scheduled for September 14-17, 2020, has announced that it will be held this year as a virtual event.

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ASCLD Adds New Content to Accreditation Initiative Toolkit

May 7, 2020 — One of ASCLD’s primary goals is to promote quality operations. Universal accreditation has been identified as an important initiative to achieve this goal. ASCLD is committed to advocate for funding streams to assist agencies pursuing accreditation. ASCLD partners with forensic science organizations, accrediting bodies, and other domestic and international stakeholders to promote the value of accreditation.

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Two New Forensic DNA Standards Added to the OSAC Registry

May 12, 2020 — The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science has placed two new standards covering the interpretation of DNA evidence on its registry of approved standards. This stamp of approval from OSAC, which is administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), indicates that these standards are technically sound and will help forensic laboratories improve their processes and methods.

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EPA Launches Smartphone App for Disinfectants

May 12, 2020 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its its List N Tool, a new web-based application (app) that allows users to quickly identify on a smartphone the disinfectant products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Funding Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence

April 17, 2020 — The Bureau of Justice Assistance is offering funding to help defray the costs associated with postconviction DNA testing for violent felony offenses in which innocence might be demonstrated. The BJA anticipates providing 12 awards up to $500,000 each, or a total of $5.4 million in funding.

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Product News

Six interchangeable LED lamps

highlight the features of the OPTIMAX Multi-Lite Forensic Inspection Kit from Spectronics Corporation. This portable kit is designed for crime-scene investigation, gathering evidence, and work in the forensic laboratory. The LEDs provide six single-wavelength light sources, each useful for specific applications, from bodily fluids to fingerprints. The wavelengths are: UV-A (365 nm), blue (450 nm), green (525 nm), amber (590 nm), red (630 nm), and white light (400-700 nm). The cordless flashlight weighs only 15 oz. To learn more, go to: www.spectroline.com

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