Chemistry World - Emma Stoye - March 22, 2016 Forensic researchers set standards for X-ray identification of bodies Forensic researchers have for the first time established science-based standards for identifying human remains based on X-rays of an individual's spine, upper leg or the side of the skull. - NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY - March 22, 2016 Alfred State forensic science technology program now accredited The forensic science technology program at Alfred State has recently obtained full accreditation status from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission, becoming one of only 20 accredited bachelor-level programs within the field nationwide, officials announced.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.Sun Sentinel - Linda Trischitta - March 24, 2016 Sioux Falls Crime Lab Receives National Accreditation In 2009 the department started updating their policies, procedures and technical systems, and on March 11, the lab received its Certificate of Accreditation in two of the 6 forensic disciplines: The Controlled Substance Analysis and Toxicology.
- 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.
This device could be used by law enforcement investigators to detect evidence, for example, by swabbing a table top or a suspect's hand looking for traces of cocaine or an explosive too small to be seen by the unaided eye.
Illinois State University News - John Moody - March 14, 2016 Tying lipstick smears from crime scenes to specific brands For years, forensic scientists have applied various methods to remove lipstick samples from crime scenes and analyze their chemical constituents.
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.Tampa Bay Times - Ayana Stewart - March 31, 2016 Police artists nab criminals with pencil, paper In an age of ubiquitous cellphones and surveillance cameras, New York City police forensic artist Matthew Klein is one of a dying breed of crime fighters who helps catch bad guys with a pencil and paper.The Sumter Item - COLLEEN LONG - March 29, 2016 Houston, Harris County officials renew calls to merge crime labs All of the members of the Harris County Commissioners Court are renewing calls for the county to take over forensic work from the city lab, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said last week that he is interested in pursuing either a merger or further partnership with the county, in contrast to his predecessor.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.Rick Scott requires law enforcement agencies to submit rape kits for processing within 30 days.