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ASCLD Forensic Research Committee Provides Useful Resources for Researchers and Practitioners

The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Forensic Research Committee (FRC) works to identify the research, development, technology and evaluation needs and priorities for the forensic science community. The
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Figure 1 from the article shows examples of bloodstain patterns used in the study.

CSAFE’s October Webinar will Feature New Black Box Study on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

A new study assessing the accuracy and reproducibility of practicing bloodstain pattern analysts’ conclusions will be the focus of an upcoming Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE)
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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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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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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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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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