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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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Save the Date: Forensics@NIST 2022

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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An overview of the Footwear and Tire Examination Process Map developed by the OSAC Footwear & Tire Subcommittee

OSAC Footwear & Tire Subcommittee Develops Process Map

By Samantha Springer, a research assistant at the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE)   On June 8, 2022, the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic
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Podcast Episode Discusses Weakness in Eyewitness Identifications and Their Use in the Courtroom

By Samantha Springer, a research assistant at the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE)   Eyewitness identification was discussed in episode seven of The Ongoing Transformation, a
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AAFS Standards Resources & Training

AAFS Cooperative Agreement with NIST Provides Standards Resources and Training to the Forensic Science Community

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) announced in December 2021 a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop training, tools and resources to
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