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NCFS Newsletter February 2015
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National Center for Forensic Science Newsletter

February 2015

In this issue:

  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting
  • Forensic Anthropology: Leave No Bone Unturned
  • First public meeting of OSACs
  • Outreach: Local and International discussions of forensic science
The 67th annual scientific meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) will take place in Orlando, FL February 16-21, 2015.  NCFS faculty, staff and students will present thirteen posters in the Anthopology, Criminalistics and Questioned Documents scientific sessions.  In addition, members of our faculty will serve as moderators for these sessions and John Ballantyne, PhD will present "The Development and Application of Trace DNA Methods to Household Dust and Touch Evidence" as part of the "Obtaining Successful DNA Profiles From Challenging Samples" workshop.  Click here for more information on AAFS or here for details on our research at the National Center for Forensic Science.

The Red House, seat of Parliament

Dr. John Schultz was recently in Trinidad with MA graduate student Ms. Patrisha Myers to analyze skeletal material discovered during the Red House Restoration Project.  The Red House is located in the capital city of Port of Spain for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and serves as the seat of the Parliament.  During their trip they collected data for the analysis of over fifty sets of human remains.  Publications of their findings will include a co-authored chapter in Dr. Basil Reid’s edited book covering the project.  More information on this collaboration may be found here.
Dr. Michael Sigman, Director of NCFS, was appointed to the OSAC Subcommittee on Fire Debris and Explosives in October 2014.  Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) is part of an initiative by NIST and the Department of Justice to strengthen forensic science in the United States.  The inaugural meeting of the subcommittees was in January;  the first public meetings of the NIST Forensic Science Standards Committees will be in Orlando, FL on February 16 and 17, 2015.
NCFS Training commends the 16 students representing 8 states and 3 countries on their successful completion of the January 2015 Basic Fire Debris Analysis course.  Congratulations!



Dr. Sigman and Minister Dowers

NCFS was pleased to host the Minister of Justice and Education of Aruba, The Hon. Dr. Arthur J. Dowers on Friday February 6, 2015.  Minister Dowers met with our scientists to discuss forensic science in Aruba and common interests of NCFS and the Aruba Ministry of Justice.

STEM Day

UCF hosted the inaugural STEM Day event on January 30, 2015.  NCFS welcomed elementary and high school students for presentations on forensic laboratory instrumentation and impression analysis.  On campus, students were able to learn about physical evidence examination and comparison at our interactive exhibit.  For more information on STEM Day, click here.
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