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NIST Finalizes Report of Digital Forensic Methods

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has finalized the report Digital Investigation Techniques: A NIST Scientific Foundation Review. The report reviews the scientific foundations of forensic methods for
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Illustration of a typical human dentition viewed in standard anatomical position. Credit: K. Sauerwein/NIST

NIST Seeks Public Comments on Draft Report of Forensic Bitemark Analysis

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published Bitemark Analysis: A NIST Scientific Review. The draft report will be open for public comments through Dec. 12, 2022. The
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Insights: Surveying Practicing Firearms Examiners

INSIGHTS Surveying Practicing Firearms Examiners OVERVIEW In recent years, there has been much discussion and debate regarding firearm examiner testimony, but little is known empirically about the actual practices of
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The entrance sign at NIST's Gaithersburg campus. Credit: J. Stoughton/NIST

NIST Webinar will Discuss the Scientific Foundation Review on Bitemark Analysis

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a webinar to discuss its latest Scientific Foundation Review on bitemark analysis. The webinar will be held Oct. 27 from
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Registration is Open for Forensics@NIST 2022

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the dates for its annual Forensics@NIST. The virtual event will be held Nov. 8–10, 2022. Forensics@NIST will feature presentations from
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Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science

OSAC Public Update Meeting Set for Sept. 13

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science will host its annual Public Update Meeting on Sept. 13, 2022, from 1–4:30 p.m. EDT. Attendees will learn how OSAC
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Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science

Two New Forensic Firearm Examination Standards Added to the OSAC Registry of Approved Standards

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science has placed two new standards covering firearm and toolmark analysis on its Registry of Approved Standards. According to a recent
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WEBINAR Q&A: BLIND TESTING IN FIREARMS EXAMINATION: PRELIMINARY RESULTS, BENEFITS, LIMITATIONS, AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS

On June 23, the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) hosted the webinar, Blind Testing in Firearms Examination: Preliminary Results, Benefits, Limitations, and Future Directions. It was
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Software files can be identified by a sort of electronic fingerprint called a hash. The NSRL dataset update makes it easy to separate hashes indicating run-of-the-mill files from those that might contain incriminating evidence, making investigative work easier. Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST

NIST Updates Software Reference Library

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced an update to the National Software Reference Library. The expanded, more searchable database will make it easier to sift through seized
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WEBINAR Q&A: SHINING A LIGHT ON BLACK BOX STUDIES

On April 22, the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) hosted the webinar, Shining a Light on Black Box Studies. It was presented by Dr. Kori Khan,
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NIJ Forensic Science Strategic Research Plan 2022-2026

NIJ Announces New Forensic Science Strategic Research Plan for 2022–2026

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Office of Investigative and Forensic Sciences has published its latest four-year Forensic Science Strategic Research Plan. The plan focuses on improving the quality and
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New Study Explores Public Beliefs About the Reliability of Forensic Science

By Samantha Springer, a research assistant at the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence   As with many scientific fields, forensic science has faced public and expert criticism
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