Category Archives: DNA Education

UTM expands Forensic Science program

The forensic science program at UTM will be offering two new special topics courses this upcoming semester: FSC350H5, LEC0103: Missing Persons DVI and Unidentified Human Remains, and FSC350H5, LEC0104: DNA Typing using Massively Parallel Sequencing. Both will be taught by Assistant Professor Nicole Novroski, who is a new faculty member in the program.
Novroski is a forensic geneticist and biologist from the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Her role at UTM is to further develop the forensic biology stream.

NIST Interlaboratory Studies Involving DNA Mixtures (MIX05 and MIX13): Variation Observed and Lessons Learned

Highlights
•Results from two interlaboratory studies, NIST MIX05 and MIX13, are described

•In the 2005 NIST MIX05 study, 69 laboratories interpreted data in the form of electropherograms of two-person DNA mixtures representing four different mock sexual assault cases with different contributor ratio

•In the 2013 NIST MIX13 study,108 laboratories interpreted electropherogram data for five different case scenarios involving two, three, or four contributors, with some of the contributors potentially related.

•This paper describes the design of these studies, the variations observed among laboratory results, and lessons learned.

ISHI Speakers Announced

Advance your career, learn about the latest DNA technologies and meet others who share your passion for forensic science. You can do it all at the 29th International Symposium on Human Identification in Phoenix.
The general session program will open with a dynamic talk on using genetic technology to change the world by Andrew Hessel, CEO of Humane Genomics.
A panel of experts will debate the pros and cons of using genealogical databases to solve cold cases. Additional topics will include reducing sexual assault backlogs, implementing rapid DNA analysis, bringing new forensic tools into the lab and much more.
The exhibit floor will feature more than 100 scientific posters and scores of exhibitors showcasing the latest DNA technologies.
Find complete details including workshop descriptions, confirmed speakers and topics, exhibitor profiles and more on the conference website. We hope to see you there!
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Sorting Out the Prickly Topic of Genealogical Searching

While genetic genealogy isn’t a new technology, the recent successes that genealogical searching has had in solving close cases and giving names to those who were previously unidentified has brought it to the forefront of the media.
But what is genealogical searching, and should there be limitations to when and how it’s used? If you’re looking to learn more about genealogical searching, you need to be at ISHI 29. With an expert-led panel discussion, a presentation from the DNA Doe Project, a talk on how commercial DNA companies have opened doors for those who are donor conceived, the latest technologies in the exhibit hall, and focused topic lunches facilitated by those doing the work, you’ll leave the conference with a greater understanding of the power of genealogical searching.
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Promega’s taking the show on the road with all the Power to Solve

Please join us for presentations and discussions on the latest advances in STR analysis and the forensics workflow, including updates on the Spectrum CE Systems. The workshop will feature presentations by leaders in the forensics community who will provide information and tips on maximizing success with challenging samples and improving laboratory efficiencies through workflow enhancements. The presentations will also include customer experiences and insights from using Promega products.
These seminars are FREE of charge to individuals involved in forensics. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Space is limited, so be sure to register early!

Courting Change: a Fresh Take on DNA Profiling

Y chromosome profiling, important in sexual assault cases, can often be presented incorrectly in court. New math could help by taking the ambiguity out of the equation.

When Medical Conditions Muddle Forensic Casework


A Free, Educational Webinar: Friday, December 8, 2017 • 11:00 a.m. ET

While no case is without its challenges, medical conditions such as chimerism and identical twins add wrinkles to the analysis and interpretation of the DNA profiles obtained in the case. Medical procedures such as bone marrow transplants can also confuse the results, affecting the legal, social and ethical deliberations of the case.

Register Now for ABC Exam

Due to popular demand, an American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) exam will be offered in conjunction with ISHI 28 on Sunday, October 1 from 1:00-4:00pm. The exam will take place at the Washington State Convention Center. Applications to sit for the exam must be received by August 4. Certification requirements, study guides and the application form are available on the ABC website. If a minimum number of participants is not reached, the exam may be cancelled.

NIST and the FBI invite you to the second International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management

NIST and the FBI invite you to the second International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management, where speakers, panels, posters, and workshops will address ways to detect, measure, and mitigate forensic science errors. This symposium promises an eye-opening, candid appraisal of root causes and possible solutions while providing a forum for open dialog about this sensitive topic.
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ASCLD Webinar Series: DNA Standards and Guidelines

Hear from the Federal Bureau of Investigations on their efforts with the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods to revise DNA standards and ensure quality operations as forensic analysis technology changes.
Thursday, May 25, 2017 1:00 PM EDT – 3:00 PM EDT
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Albany State University’s Forensic Science program gains reaccreditation

ALBANY — The Albany State University Forensic Science program received reaffirmation of accreditation through 2022 by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission, making it the only FEPAC-accredited program in the state of Georgia.

Forensic Science Graduate Program ranks number one in the nation on national assessment test scores

Marshall ProgramThe Marshall University Forensic Science Graduate Program has once again been ranked number one in the country compared to other graduate programs participating in the Forensic Science Assessment Test administered earlier this year.

UCO Forensic Science Institute receives historic accreditation

UCOUCO’s Forensic Science Institute has overseen the undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs at Central since 2009. Under the direction of Dwight Adams, Ph.D., former director of the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, the UCO FSI is dedicated to the highest quality in forensic science education, training and research for students and professionals.

WVU teams up with New York City lab chief to offer Lean Six Sigma certification for forensic science professionals

WVUForensic science professionals can obtain a green belt in Lean Six Sigma certification from one of the foremost forensics professionals in the nation beginning in March. The certification will be taught though the West Virginia University Center for Executive Education in the College of Business and Economics.

Evaluation of the Forensic DNA Unit Efficiency Improvement Program

Justice DeptThe Urban Institute contracted with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to conduct an evaluation of its 2008 Forensic DNA Unit Efficiency Improvement Program. The findings suggest that there is some evidence in support of the hypothesis that crime lab DNA processing can be improved in novel and innovative ways besides simply increasing capacity.