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OSAC Public Update Meeting Set for Wednesday, Sept. 29

Plan to attend the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science Public Update Meeting on Sept. 29, 2021, from 1–4:30 p.m. EDT. This virtual event will feature presentations
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OSAC Registry Implementation Survey

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) is asking forensic science service providers to complete an online survey to understand how organizations are using standards on the
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From GAO Report 21-435

GAO Releases a Second Report on Forensic Science Algorithms

In July, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the report, Forensic Technology: Algorithms Strengthen Forensic Analysis, but Several Factors Can Affect Outcomes. This is the second report in a
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NIST Extends Deadline for Comment on Draft Report on DNA Mixture Interpretation Methods

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has extended the deadline for public comments on NIST Internal Report 8351-DRAFT (DNA Mixture Interpretation: A Scientific Foundation Review). The new deadline
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Forensic handwriting examiners can only compare writing of the same type. In this case, only the second known sample can be compared to the questioned handwriting. Credit: NIST

Handwriting Examiners in the Digital Age

From National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) News Published June 3, 2021   As people write less by hand, will handwriting examination become irrelevant? NIST considers the answer to
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John Butler with DNA mixture data. Credit: NIST

DNA Mixture Interpretations: A Q&A With NIST’s John Butler

From Taking Measure, the official blog of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Published July 28, 2021   Whether from skin cells, saliva, semen or blood, DNA from
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Insights: Latent Print Quality in Blind Proficiency Testing

INSIGHT Latent Print Quality in Blind Proficiency Testing: Using Quality Metrics to Examine Laboratory Performance OVERVIEW Organizations and leaders continuously call for blind proficiency testing in modern forensic labs because
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A crime scene analysis in Chicago. Scott Olson/Getty Images (From Slate.com)

Reforming the Nation’s Forensic Labs

On the heels of the recently reported Massachusetts drug lab scandal, Brandon L. Garrett and Peter Stout published an article on Slate.com calling for a critical look at redirecting funding
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Insights: Recognition of Overlapping Elliptical Objects in a Binary Image

INSIGHTS Recognition of Overlapping Elliptical Objects in a Binary Image OVERVIEW A common objective in bloodstain pattern analysis is identifying the mechanism that produced the pattern, such as gunshots or
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Insights: Mt. Everest— We Are Going to Lose Many

INSIGHTS Mt. Everest— We Are Going to Lose Many: A Survey of Fingerprint Examiners’ Attitudes Towards Probabilistic Reporting OVERVIEW Traditionally, forensic examiners tend to use categorical language in their reports,
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Insights: Judges and Forensic Science Education: A national survey

INSIGHTS Judges & Forensic Science Education: A national survey OVERVIEW Forensic evidence can play a crucial role in adjudicating a criminal trial. As scientific authorities scrutinize the reliability of many
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Insights: Battling to a Draw

INSIGHTS Battling to a Draw: Defense Expert Rebuttal Can Neutralize Prosecution Fingerprint Evidence OVERVIEW While all forensic science disciplines pose some risk of error, the public typically believes that testimony
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Mark Our Upcoming Events in Your Calendar

  1. Short Course Session 1: Sampling for Forensic Practitioners

    Thursday, September 30 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
  2. Short Course Session 2: Sampling for Forensic Practitioners

    Thursday, October 7 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
  3. Webinar: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Black Box Study

    Thursday, October 14 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
  4. Short Course Session 1: Probability Concepts and their Relevance to Forensic Science

    Friday, October 22 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
  5. Short Course Session 2: Sampling, Statistics and the Status Quo

    Friday, November 5 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT