2020 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review

A Message from the FTCoE

2020 was a big year for the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence. With five podcast seasons, a full research and development symposium, our first virtual conference, eight reports, and over thirty webinars, we continued to lead the way in the world of forensic science. While 2020 was definitely a challenge for everyone, we’re looking forward to what 2021 has in store! Check out some of the highlights of our year below!

And as the year is winding down, we are especially thankful for all of you. Even though it may sound trite, we really couldn’t accomplish all that we do without your support and viewership. So once again, thank you for joining us and we’ll see you next year!


The FTCoE hosted over 30 webinars this year. You can see all that we have to offer on our resources page, or you can check out the top five here:

The New Mexico Decedent Image Database Webinar Series
October, 2020
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ASCLD Emerging Issues: Employee Wellness Webinar Series
February - March, 2020

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Stress, Vicarious Trauma, and Resiliency for Forensic Science Professionals
June, 2020

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The Sequel - Marijuana or Hemp: From Farm Bill to Forensic Analysis
March, 2020

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The Time to Analyze is Now: DNA Evidence in Groping Sexual Assault Cases
January, 2020

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Live Events

This year, we adapted to current events to deliver a conference and symposium online. Check them out here:

NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium
February, 2020

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Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Virtual Conference
October, 2020

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Podcast Episodes

Just Science released five full seasons and a few special episodes. Listen to the top five here and don't forget to subscribe!

Just Applied Leadership for Resiliency in CSIs

Just Forensic Genetic Genealogy and GEDmatch:  Verogen’s Approach

Just Mitochondrial DNA

Just a Statistical Approach to Glass Evidence

Just Psychopathy and Criminal Behavior


We released a variety of reports this year. Whether we're talking about fire analysis, forensic advancement, or improving laboratory efficiency, you can always learn more with us!

Terrestrial LiDAR Scanning Working Group for Criminal Justice Applications, First Meeting Report

National Institute of Justice and Purdue University: Advancing 3D Imaging for Footwear and Tire Impressions

National Institute of Justice and West Virginia University: Revolutionizing Laboratory Efficiency Assessments Through Project FORESIGHT

The Researcher’s Role in Technology Transition

Modifications to Capillary Microextraction in Volatiles (CMV) for the Extraction of Ignitable Liquid Residues (ILRs)

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Just Identifying Individuals with Forensic Genetic Genealogy

Original Release Date: September 9, 2022 In episode one of our Applications of Forensic Science for Human Identification season, Just Science sat down with Dr. Heather McKiernan, a Research Forensic Scientist at RTI International, and Ashley Rodriguez, a Research Public…