AAFS Presents Early Achievement Award

November 12, 2019 — The AAFS Past Presidents Council announced that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Audrey M. Williams, PhD, an Associate Member in the Criminalistics Section.

IWBF Issues Call for Papers at 2020 Conference

November 18, 2019 — The International Workshop on Biometrics and Forensics (IWBF) has issued a call for papers to be presented at its 8th annual event April 29-30, 2020 in Porto, Portugal.

Webinar: Identification of Gunshot Residues

A webinar on November 20, 2019, presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, will examine the current state of gunshot residue (GSR) detection, and efforts being made to improve current capabilities.

A Solution to a Hairy Problem in Forensic Science

In an effort to make hair comparison a more useful technique for investigating crimes, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new way to dissolve hair proteins without destroying them. Once in solution, the protein molecules from two hairs can be analyzed and compared, yielding objective, quantitative results.

An Introduction to the Maxprep Liquid Handler

As forensic laboratories strive to meet the demands of processing an increasingly larger number of samples, establishing automated workflows can improve efficiency to meet those demands. While the Maxwell® platform addresses the DNA extraction needs of small- to medium-sized laboratories, many laboratories desire higher sample throughput as well as automation of one or more steps in their workflow.

Police Department Receives Accreditation in CSI, Latent Prints

October 10, 2019A2LA recently announced the accreditation of the Escondido Police Department Forensic Services Unit to ISO/IEC 17020:2012 under the Forensic Examination Accreditation Program for crime scene investigation, latent print processing, and latent print analysis. Escondido Police Department is based in San Diego County, California and is the first organization to attain A2LA accreditation for crime scene and latent prints under ISO/IEC 17020.

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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.