Times Live - Shaun Smillie - March 8, 2016 Reversing the legacy of junk science in the courtroom Last May, NIST awarded million to a team of about 30 statisticians and legal professionals to help develop tools for analyzing the strength of an apparent match.
Called the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), it will collaborate with NIST statisticians to develop statistical methods that describe how strongly a shoeprint in the dirt links the owner of a certain pair of sneakers to a crime scene, for example, or how many fingerprints other than the suspect’s might have left a similar pattern on a murder weapon.
Many current methods involve difficult or expensive steps such as a tedious lipstick removal process or examination of samples by Raman spectroscopy or X-ray diffraction.
But these methods require specialized equipment and training, which are in short supply in under-funded and over-worked forensics labs.
Three large classrooms will also serve as a training facility for law enforcement and public safety officials.
Roanoke Times - Tiffany Stevens - March 23, 2016 Home Office unveils strategy to tackle UK forensics problems The UK Home Office has released a new forensic science strategy, which it says addresses some of the serious criticisms raised by the parliamentary science and technology committee last year.
Reading Eagle Company - Steven Henshaw - March 7, 2016 City of Deer Park, HFSC reach agreement for forensic services The City of Deer Park and the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) have reached an agreement for HFSC to provide the Deer Park Police Department with forensic services. crime lab restarts DNA testing on limited basis after shutdown cast doubts over analysis The D. crime lab is resuming limited DNA testing this week but will continue to send more-complicated cases for outside testing as it recovers from a nearly 10-month suspension, officials said. Hsu - March 2, 2016 Cook County medical examiner regains national accreditation Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle this week praised the work of the county's chief pathologist as she announced that the county medical examiner's office — once plagued by a scandal involving major backlogs and improperly stored bodies — has regained full accreditation by a national forensics organization. When a stolen object — anything from a watch to a car — is recovered, investigators simply shine an ultraviolet light on the item to find the mark.
The contract was signed by both parties in late February and takes effect immediately. A sample is then tested in a lab to determine who owns the com True Jersey - Andy Polhamus - March 2, 2016 Bill would let Marshall forensic center seek fed grants The West Virginia Senate advanced a bill Tuesday that would help the Marshall University Forensic Science Center obtain federal grant funding as a crime lab and establish it as an emergency backup to state labs.
Olean Times Herald - March 22, 2016 Justice Department frames expanded review of FBI forensic testimony The Justice Department on Monday proposed expanding its review of forensic testimony by the FBI Laboratory beyond hair matching to widely used techniques such as fingerprint examinations and bullet-tracing. Hsu - March 21, 2016 From machine guns to marijuana, KBI's new lab improves quantity and quality Seventy scientists are currently working at the Forensic Science Center, a statistic the bureau would like to see increase to 108.
The Olympian - MELISSA SANTOS - March 15, 2016 A look inside the Brandon Police Forensic Identification Unit Lanny Stewart of the Westman Journal recently spent an afternoon with the Brandon Police Service Forensic Identification Unit, getting an all-access pass to what goes on 'behind the scenes'.
Westman Journal - Lanny Stewart - March 15, 2016 Solving the crime lab conundrum: Technology could bring lab to crime scene In his lab, Mulligan has managed to miniaturize an existing instrument known as the mass spectrometer.
- March 13, 2016 UCO Forensic Science Institute receives historic accreditation The three newly accredited programs are Bachelor of Science degrees in forensic molecular biology, forensic chemistry and digital forensics.
UCO joins Eastern Kentucky University as the first two universities in the nation to receive accreditation for an undergraduate digital forensics program.