Category Archives: DNA Education

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.

International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management – Detection, Measurement and Mitigation

Nist outlinesOn behalf of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its partners, we are announcing the first-ever international symposium devoted exclusively to the topic of forensic science error management. Join us in Arlington, VA, July 20-24, 2015 for the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management – Detection, Measurement and Mitigation. Speakers, panels and posters addressing the ways to detect, measure and mitigate forensic science errors will open dialog about these taboo topics. The symposium promises to be an eye-opening candid appraisal of root causes and possible solutions to help identify and reduce forensic science errors.
Register here!

July 28-29: Forensic Science Training for Laboratory Counsel

dna_justiceIn this two-day program, July 28-29, offered by West Virginia University with support from NIJ, laboratory counsel will learn the basic precepts of forensic science and how to effectively apply this information for trial.

Improve your court testimony by learning to look at DNA technologies from a legal perspective.

Justice DeptIn this NIJ-sponsored webinar hosted by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, Ted Hunt, a chief trial attorney in the prosecuting attorney’s office in Kansas City, Missouri, describes current issues prosecutors face when presenting forensics evidence in court and legal challenges that must be considered in order for the law and DNA forensic science to be in accord. This webinar includes a discussion of advanced DNA analysis technologies, the potential admissibility challenges to next generation technologies and why an interdisciplinary approach and preparation are necessary when implementing next generation sequencing technologies

Promega 2015 Technology Tour Seminars !

Promega Tech TourPromega is hitting the road in 2015, now with even More Power to Solve!
Please join us for a half day of presentations and discussions on the latest advancements in STR analysis and the forensics workflow, featuring presentations by leaders in the forensics community and updates on the most recent products and technologies from Promega. Topics to be presented include:

Addressing the new CODIS core loci recommendations
Maximizing success with challenging samples
An overview of upcoming new products from Promega
The half-day 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!

Optimized Approaches for Forensic Y-STR Analyses

WebinarsSpeaker: Dr. Lutz Roewer
Please join us for the first of a two-part series on Y-STR analyses. Y-STR analyses have recently gained strong momentum due to the advent of new highly variable STR markers and kits, the continuous flood of high-quality population data, which are accessible in customized online databases, access to new estimation methods for match probabilities and last, but not least, the promise of dense forensic NGS panels, allowing us to sequence larger numbers of Y-STRs and Y-SNPs in parallel with autosomal STRs. Recently new Y-STR multiplex kits that include a number of rapidly mutating Y-STRs were introduced and provide substantially stronger discriminatory power than previous Y-STR panels.
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NIST Scientists to Give Latest Results at American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting

NIST Forensics LogoNIST scientists will be presenting their latest advances in forensic science at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 16-21, which is expected to draw more than 4,000 attendees. Since 2010, NIST has expanded its efforts in forensic science in response to needs identified in a 2009 National Academy of Sciences report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward.

Live Webcast: Improving Biometric and Forensic Technology – The Future of Research Datasets (January 26-27, 2015)

NIST Forensics LogoOn January 26-27, 2015, NIST will webcast live Improving Biometric and Forensic Technology: The Future of Research Datasets, a symposium on one of the biggest challenges facing the advancement of forensic science and biometric technology – the development of large research datasets.

For event and webcast information, please visit: http://go.usa.gov/FsrF

NIJ Training Update: Using Rapid DNA at Booking

Justice DeptThe final course in the Rapid DNA series, presented by Thomas F. Callaghan, Chief Biometric Scientist at the FBI Laboratory, will focus on Rapid DNA integration of booking station instruments into CODIS. Join us on December 9 at 1 p.m. EST to learn more about using Rapid DNA and LiveScan technology to search criminal history records at booking.
This is the final of a three-part series hosted by the American Society of Crime Lab Directors and NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence to investigate the validation, current use, and future implementation of Rapid DNA. These webinars are designed to be viewed in any order.
Register for the final course.

Familial DNA Searching: Current Approaches

Familial HelixFree online training from RTI
On Thursday, August 21, NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is hosting the final session of a four-part online discussion about familial DNA searching. Sign up to learn more about the technical protocols and software considerations for familial DNA searching, including candidate thresholds derived by likelihood ratio and allele counting as well as reducing the number of potential candidates through Y STR and mtDNA analysis.

The 23rd Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine

ialmDubai-650x120-2The 23rd Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine is one of the most important Events in the calendar for those Professionals and Academics involved in the practice and development of the Bio-Medicolegal Sciences, the main Triennial Congress of the IALM to be held in Dubai from the 19th to the 21st of January, 2015.Supported by both the Government of Dubai and the Dubai Police, the Congress boasts a rich Scientific Programme with a broad range of topics of current interest, presented by prominent Experts in the field and accomplished in a spirit of collegiality and with an ethos which encourages transcultural dissemination of knowledge.
Register here.

Coming soon to a city near you!

Promega Tech TourJoin your colleagues at a workshop hosted by Promega on the forensics workflow and the challenges it brings. The half-day seminar will feature presentations by leaders in the forensic community, as well as updates on the latest technologies and products from Promega.
Learn about the newest tools designed to meet the new CODIS standards, for both casework and databasing efforts, including:

• PowerQuant™ System: A New Robust DNA Quantification System
• PowerPlex® Y23 System: Tales from a Casework Laboratory
• Maximizing Success with Challenging Samples
• Mixture Interpretation and Statistics
• DNA Backlog Reduction Strategies
• The Latest Advances in Forensic Technologies
The half-day seminar is free of charge to individuals working in forensics and paternity laboratories. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Space is limited, so be sure to register early!
To learn more or to register, go to www.promega.com/techtour2014.
Sincerely Yours,
The Promega Genetic Identity Team

NIST Webinar to Cover Validation of Forensic DNA Testing Technologies

NIST LogoForensic DNA analysts and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in a free NIST webinar on validation concepts and resources on Aug. 6, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., ET.

Continue the Conversation on Familial DNA Searching

Familial On Thursday, July 17, RTI International will hold the third of a four-part NIJ-funded online discussion about familial DNA searching. Join this panel discussion to learn more about current processes and procedures as well as the legal challenges and implementation ramifications of familial DNA searching. In this session, the discussion will focus on the process of investigative follow-up, including costs and resources, methods of communication and the release of information.
This panel series will generate a report to educate practitioners at the state and local levels on current issues and approaches to familial DNA searching, as they vary by state.
Registration is free and open to all.

Promega Technology Tour – Join Us in a City Near You!

Promega Tech TourJoin your colleagues at a workshop hosted by Promega on the forensics workflow and the challenges it brings. The half-day seminar will feature presentations by leaders in the forensic community, as well as updates on the latest technologies and products from Promega.
Learn about the newest tools designed to meet the new CODIS standards, for both casework and databasing efforts, including:

• PowerQuant™ System: A New Robust DNA Quantification System
• PowerPlex® Y23 System: Tales from a Casework Laboratory
• Maximizing Success with Challenging Samples
• Mixture Interpretation and Statistics
• DNA Backlog Reduction Strategies
• The Latest Advances in Forensic Technologies
The half-day seminar is free of charge to individuals working in forensics and paternity laboratories. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Space is limited, so be sure to register early!
To learn more or to register, go to http://www.promega.com/techtour2014.

Sincerely Yours,
The Promega Genetic Identity Team