31st International Symposium on Human Identification is going virtual in 2020

Forensic DNA experts from around the world will gather virtually in 2020 for the 31stInternational Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI). The largest annual meeting focusing entirely on DNA forensics begins September 14 with a live keynote by genetic detective CeCe Moore along with Paul Fronczak, who was abandoned as a toddler 55 years ago. Moore […]

Care, forensics, compassion: profile of a sexual assault nurse examiner

The immediate aftermath of a sexual assault is for the survivor an extremely vulnerable and traumatic time where physical pain and a cavalcade of emotions can prove overwhelming. In that critical period, an assuring blanket of safety and support is essential, as is the provision of medical care, and, if needed, collecting of evidence related […]

Working in forensic dentistry – experiences from the Grenfell Tower fire

Katherine Pearce talks about her role in odontology and what it was like working on the Grenfell Tower fire.  Odontology, otherwise known as forensic dentistry, can be used in legal investigations which involve the identification of human remains, bite marks and age estimation. Historically, this was undertaken by a forensically trained dentist. However, in recent […]

Remote Forensic CSI – Teams Hosted Event

Join us on 5th August 2pm to learn and share best practice in remote forensic and crime scene provision. Dr. Rachel Bolton-King (@DrRachelBK), Leisa Nichols-Drew (@ForensicLeisa) and Prof. Ian Turner (@DocWithTheSocs) will be providing talks on best practice in the remote delivery of crime scenes, forensic laboratories and court room assessments.  Followed by opportunities to […]

Evaluation of the use of chemical pads to mimic latent fingermarks for research purposes

Highlights •Artificial fingermarks produced from three commercial chemical pads using rubber stamps. •Detection techniques applied and results compared with real fingermarks. •Concentrations of target compounds are too high in chemical pads. •Pad behaviour unpredictable and differences observed across detection techniques. •Use of these chemical pads is not recommended. Abstract Fingermark detection is in constant evolution, […]

Evaluating the evidentiary value of the analysis of skeletal trauma in forensic research: A review of research and practice

Highlights •How trauma is modelled and how it realistically occurs needs addressing. •Small sample sizes do not capture enough variability in skeletal trauma. •There is a reliance on using animal models to explain skeletal trauma in humans. •New methodologies to analyse skeletal trauma injuries require consideration. Abstract Understanding bone trauma characteristics is a fundamental component […]

Illusive Networks Unveils Forensics On Demand for SOC Teams

Illusive Networks, a company that specializes in deception-based cyber defense solutions, has unveiled a Forensics On Demand offering for security operations center (SOC) teams. Forensics on Demand enables SOC teams to use the Illusive Platform to reduce their incident response time by up to 90 percent, according to the company. SOC teams can use Forensics […]

Forensic Science Professor Reflects on Service on the Front Lines of New York City’s Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

Peter Valentin ’08 M.S. was among the dozens of federal professionals deployed to help New York City officials respond to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. JUNE 17, 2020 By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications Valentin was among the federal workers deployed to New York City to help with the pandemic response. The […]