All Webinars

All of our webinars, reports, podcasts, and other educational resources are available to the public at no cost. Funding for the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence has been provided by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). NIJ is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Preemptive Approach to Combatting and Characterizing Emerging Synthetic Opioids

This webinar seeks to describe how preemptive synthesis and characterization of potent psychoactive substances from the literature can aid forensic scientists in the identification of unknowns appearing in samples emerging from illicit markets. Additionally, the presenter seeks to provide understanding…
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Novel Synthetic Opioids in Oral Fluid: Analytical Methods and Prevalence

Opioid use has risen dramatically, creating public safety concerns. Synthetic opioids can be hundreds of times more potent than heroin and can produce severe intoxications and even fatalities when abused. The fatality rate is increased dramatically when synthetic opioids are…
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An Automated Single Cell Separation Technique to Improve Mixture Deconvolution

Thursday, November 12th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour Although the interpretation of mixed DNA samples is commonplace in forensic analyses, complex samples often present interpretational challenges. These complexities are introduced through a variety of…
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PACE™: Rapid and Automated Artifact Identification and Number of Contributor Prediction

– Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ETDuration: 1 hour(s) The PACE™ software introduces a fully continuous, machine learning tool to the forensic DNA community that enables fast and accurate artifact management and predicts the number…
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Intact Low Explosives Analysis with an Emphasis on Microscopical Methods

– Thursday, July 16th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ETDuration: 1.5 hour(s) The presenters in this webinar will discuss intact low explosives analysis with an emphasis on microscopical methods. They will cover basic terminology for explosives, the rationale…
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Validation and Tutorial of NOCIt for Determining the Number of Contributors

– Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) Forensic DNA signal is notoriously challenging to interpret and requires the implementation of computational tools that support its interpretation. While data from high-copy, low-contributor samples…
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Tackling Employee Wellness: The Phoenix Police Department’s Crime Lab Approach

– ← Back to Series  Thursday, June 18th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes Organizations often struggle with building supportive organizational cultures, employee morale, and interpersonal relationships. The Phoenix Police Department (PPD)…
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Stress, Vicarious Trauma, and Resiliency for Forensic Science Professionals

– ← Back to Series  Thursday, June 11th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes The phenomena of vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and burnout have been described since the mid 1980’s, roughly coinciding…
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Ventilation Limited Fires: Considerations for Fire Pattern Analysis

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) During the past decade, the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute has conducted research examining fire-fighting tactics.  This research found that factors such as construction materials, contents,…
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The Sequel – Marijuana or Hemp: From Farm Bill to Forensic Analysis

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 2 hour(s) Due to the overwhelming attendance and interaction for the first Marijuana or Hemp: From Farm Bill to Forensic Analysis webinar that was originally held on January 15th 2020,…
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Recent Advances in Tandem Separation and Detection Techniques for the Analysis of Emerging Drugs

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) The use of tandem separation and detection techniques can be thought of as a tandem bicycle: one passenger is the separation technique and the other passenger…
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ASCLD Train the Director Series – Marijuana Analysis in a New Frontier: Two State Laboratory Approaches

← Back to Series  Thursday, March 5th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) After the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) was enacted in December 2018, many states rushed to make changes to their…
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Results of a Black Box Study on the Accuracy and Reliability of Palm Print Comparisons

Thursday, March 12th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) In 2011, a team of researchers from the FBI and Noblis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the first large-scale black box…
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ASCLD Train the Director Series – Toxicology: Instrumentation, Methodology, and Workflows

← Back to Series  Thursday, February 6th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) Legacy workflows in toxicology generally involve a drug class screen followed by a gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy (GC/MS) and liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy…
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The Time to Analyze is Now: DNA Evidence in Groping Sexual Assault Cases

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) This webinar built on the concepts presented in the webinar “The Time to Collect is Now: DNA Evidence in Groping Sexual Assault Cases” presented by Dr.…
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ASCLD Train the Director Series – Investigative Genetic Genealogy: Background and Crime Lab Strategy

← Back to Series  Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) Investigative Genetic Genealogy is a recently developed technique that generates new leads on previously unsolved cases where DNA from the suspect is…
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ASCLD Train the Director Series – Quality Assurance: Beyond Accreditation

← Back to Series  Thursday, January 9th, 2020 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) Accreditation and quality assurance are two terms that are commonly used within the forensic science community. Many forensic laboratory mission statements incorporate…
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Communicating Conclusions in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) The results of a bloodstain pattern analysis are communicated through written reports and courtroom testimony.  Principles of communication science will be discussed and explained to develop…
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UNODC Early Warning Alert System: Forensic Tools for New Psychoactive Substances

← Back to Series  Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Early Warning Advisory (EWA) on new psychoactive substances (NPS) was launched in June…
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The Next Wave: Applying Lessons Learned from Opioids and PolyDrug Critical Incidents in Addressing Emerging Drug Threat

← Back to Series  Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) By participating in this webinar, participants were able to discuss the breadth, diversity, and array of substance and substance combinations as well…
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Rapid and Effective Identification of Organic and Inorganic Gunshot Residues

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) Forensic laboratories and law enforcement personnel provide valuable support in the reconstruction of events and the assessment of the value of evidence in firearm-related investigations. The…
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Detection and Visibility of Bruises Using Alternate Light: From Science to Practice

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) Bruising is one of the most common types of soft tissue injury noted on victims of violence, including those suffering intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child…
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Handling Difficult and Disturbing Forensic Cases for Coroners and Medical Examiners

← Back to Series  Thursday, October 17th, 2019 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) There are over 2000 medical examiner and coroner offices throughout the United States. All are involved in determining the cause and manner…
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Portable Advanced 3D Imaging for Footwear and Tire Impression Capture

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) This webinar will explain the principles and capabilities of a fully automated portable system with an easy-to use-graphical user interface (GUI) for shoe and tire impression capture. We…
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Improving National Laboratory Capability and Capacity to Measure Human Exposure to Synthetic Opioids

← Back to Series  Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) The CDC laboratory at the National Center for Environmental Health is collaborating with public, private, and academic laboratories to respond to the…
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Webinar Series: Opioids & Emerging Drug Threats – Integrating Public Safety and Health Data for a Forensic Response

Overview Building on the momentum of the National Opioid and Emerging Drug Threats Policy and Practice Forum held earlier this year in Washington, D.C., the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) will assist the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in a complementary initiative surrounding the topic by hosting…
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The Opioid Epidemic: An Update from the Coroner/ME Perspective

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 Duration: 50 minutes Between 2016 and 2017, overdose deaths increased from 63,632 to 70,237. Of these, 47,600 overdose deaths involved opioids. In 2017, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia were the top…
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Medicolegal Death Investigation: Locating and Notifying Next of Kin & Donation 101

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 Duration: 1.75 hour(s) Locating and notifying the next of kin is an important part of medicolegal death investigation. This presentation provided examples of resources at the scene and online to assist medicolegal death investigators (MDIs) with…
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Understanding the Impact of Drug Background Levels in Forensic Laboratories

← Back to Series  Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 1:00:00 PM ET – 3:00:00 PM ET Duration: 2 hour(s) As drugs become increasingly potent and analytical instrumentation becomes more sensitive, the need to understand and monitor drug background levels is becoming…
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Module 8: Probabilistic Genotyping Summation and Special Topics

← Back to Series  Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series Module 8: Probabilistic Genotyping Summation and Special Topics Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration: 4 hour(s) Throughout the Probabilistic…
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Cradle to Cane: Investigation of Crimes Against Vulnerable Victims

Overview: The original recordings took place March 21-23, 2017. In 2017, the National Institute of Justice, Charleston Southern University, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, and the Shaken Baby Alliance worked together to create and host “From Cradle to Cane: Investigation of Crimes Against Vulnerable Victims.” This…
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MODULE 7: Uncertainty and Limitations of Probabilistic Genotyping Systems

← Back to Series  Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series Module 7: Uncertainty and Limitations of Probabilistic Genotyping Systems Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 from 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration: 4 hour(s)…
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Module 5: Representation of Statistical Weight to Stakeholders and the Court

← Back to Series  Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series Module 5: Representation of Statistical Weight to Stakeholders and the Court Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 from 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration:…

MODULE 4: VALIDATION OF PROBABILISTIC GENOTYPING SYSTEMS FOR CASEWORK USAGE

← Back to Series  Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series Module 4: Validation of Probabilistic Genotyping Systems for Casework Usage Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 from 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration: 4…

MODULE 2: STATISTICAL GENETICS AND THE MECHANISMS OF PROBABILISTIC GENOTYPING

← Back to Series  Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series Module 2: Statistical Genetics and the Mechanisms of Probabilistic Genotyping  Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 from 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration: 4…

Online Workshop Series: Probabilistic Genotyping Of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results

Overview The Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory has partnered with the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence to create a series of online workshops aimed at increasing knowledge, understanding, and the reliable application of probabilistic genotyping to…

Module 1: The Elements of DNA Profile Interpretation and Probabilistic Genotyping

← Back to Series  Probabilistic Genotyping of Evidentiary DNA Typing Results – An Online Workshop Series Module 1: The Elements of DNA Profile Interpretation and Probabilistic Genotyping Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 from 12:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration:…

Neurophysiology and Overcoming Trauma: Understanding Individual Challenges

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) This webinar explores how personal experiences and unique traumas create commonly felt physical symptoms and investigates how the brain functions reflect a reaction to danger, an…

Collaboration Enhances Trauma-Informed Response to Sexual Assault Survivors

Original live webinar took place Thursday, April 25, 2019 1:00:00 PM EDT – 2:30:00 PM EDT Duration: 1 hour(s) 30 minute(s) Register for the archived version below. The Houston Area Women’s Center’s & Houston Police Department’s experiences will provide attendees…

Building Forensic Capacity Post-Conflict: Lessons from Uganda

← Back to Series  Thursday, March 28, 2019 2:00:00 PM ET – 3:30:00 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) This presentation introduces research conducted in Uganda at the nexus of forensic science and transitional justice, highlighting a large-scale forensic investigation and…

The Time to Collect is Now: DNA Evidence in Groping Sexual Assault Cases

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 2:00 PM ET – 3:30 PM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) Improving the overall response to sexual assault includes understanding how touch DNA evidence impacts groping sexual assault cases. This webinar will illustrate the importance of these…

Variability in Blow-Fly Development – Research and Implications for PMI Practice

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 2:00 PM ET – 4:00 PM ET Duration: 2 hour(s) Dr. Leon Higley’s work to characterize blow-fly species indicates that there is variation within a single population–the bell curve is wide. Dr. Higley will share his…

Advancing Research Initiatives and Combatting the Human Trafficking Epidemic

Thursday, November 1, 2018 1:00 PM ET – 2:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) Trafficking in persons is a multi-faceted global epidemic which has seen a significant increase in public awareness. However, there is a substantial need to expand capacities…

Estimating Blow Fly Age and Reducing Error in Postmortem Interval Cases

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 2:00:00 PM ET – 4:00:00 PM ET Duration: 2 hour(s) Insect evidence can provide valuable information during death investigations. Forensic entomologists estimate the ages of the immature insects like blow flies, which can provide useful information…

New SWGDAM Recommendations on Communicating Likelihood Ratios

Thursday, October 18, 2018 1:00:00 PM ET – 3:00:00 PM ET Duration: 2 hour(s) SWGDAM recently issued recommendations on genotyping results reported as likelihood ratios, designed to promote consistency among laboratories. Members of the committee will discuss the recommendations and…

Novel Forensic Chemistry Research from Early-Career Scientists

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) National Forensic Science Week recognizes the contribution that forensic science makes to the criminal justice system. Throughout the week, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE)…

Mixtures, Microhaps, and Modeling, Oh My!! Cutting-Edge Research in Forensic DNA Analysis from Early-Career Scientists

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM ET – 11:30:00 AM ET Duration: 1.5 hour(s) During National Forensic Science Week, early-career researchers that were awarded FTCoE travel sponsorships to the prestigious Gordon Research Conference and Seminar will present novel projects in…

Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center Webinar Series

Description The Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) with support from the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence provides needed resources and support to apply modern forensic science…

Forensic Workforce Resiliency: Vicarious Trauma & Workplace Stress Webinar Series

Description Professionals throughout the criminal justice system are exposed to the aftermath of violent crime and its victims. These individuals may include forensic nurses, crime scene investigators, forensic practitioners, medicolegal death investigators, and other professionals in related fields. Research has…

The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit – an Evidence-informed Resource for Organizations

← Back to Series  Thursday, September 13, 2018 1:00:00 PM EDT – 2:30:00 PM EDT Duration: 1.5 hour(s) Vicarious trauma is an occupational challenge for forensic science professionals whose work entails continuous contact with victims of crime and violence, and…

Improving Sexual Assault Response within Special Populations Webinar Series

Description Improving the Response to Sexual Assault within Special Populations Creating a victim-centered response to sexual assault within special populations is a critical component of improving support services to victims, maintaining victim engagement in the criminal justice process, and improving…

3D-ID-Geometric Morphometric Classification of Crania for Forensic Scientists Software Best Practices

Thursday, August 16, 2018 1:00 PM ET – 2:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) Attendees will be introduced to the new features of the new software release, how to maximize results, and how to best interpret results for forensic casework…

Webinar: Providing Gender Inclusive Care to Victims of Sexual Assault

← Back to Series  Thursday, August 30, 2018 1:00:00 PM EDT – 2:00:00 PM EDT Duration: 1 hour(s) This webinar will discuss considerations to best serve sexual assault victims of LGBTQ community, particularly transgender survivors, and present case studies to…

Webinar: Identifying Seized Drugs using Mass Spectral Library Searching

 Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 1:00:00 PM ET – 2:00:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour(s) The rapid spread of designer drugs has introduced significant identification challenges to the forensic science community. This webinar discusses how Mass Spectrometry and the “Hybrid Search”…

Three Part Online Workshop Series: Best Practices Guidance for Advancing Research Initiatives and Combatting the Synthetic Drug Epidemic

Archives   Overview The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) is a world-leading center in novel drug identification and interpretation. The CFSRE is working in association with NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE), led by RTI International,…

Webinar: Transition to Impact – Bringing Research to Practice [ARCHIVAL]

Enabling great research to have impact in the forensics community requires transitioning knowledge from the lab to the market. Come learn about the steps you can take to improve the likelihood of your research impacting practice. Technology and knowledge transition…

Evaluate Population-Specific Sibship During Kinship Analysis

← Back to Series  – This webinar will provide an overview of what kinship analysis programs are currently in use and will provide an in-depth analysis of how population-based allele frequency databases impact sibship determination. Kinship analysis of short tandem…

Evaluating the Use of DNA Analysis for Family Reunification

← Back to Series  DNA analysis allows for testing relationships (kinship) between two individuals in situations that vary from legal immigration to claimed parentage testing. This webinar focuses on the applicability of DNA testing for family reunification. Biometrics refers to…

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Kinship Testing Involving Siblings

← Back to Series  This webinar aims to improve the knowledge on kinship testing involving siblings and provides a cost-benefit analysis of practices involving the use of additional reference siblings and substitution of half-siblings for full siblings in kinship tests.…

2018 IPTES Plenary – Closing Keynote Speaker Adam Benforado

IPTES was designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern, and trace evidence analysts, law enforcement, and legal communities. This original Live Webinar took place on 01/25/2018. The National Institute of…

2018 IPTES – Trace Evidence Breakout Day 2 PM

IPTES was designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern, and trace evidence analysts, law enforcement, and legal communities. This original Live Webinar took place on 01/25/2018. The National Institute of…

2018 IPTES – Trace Evidence Breakout Day 2 AM – Part 2

IPTES was designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern, and trace evidence analysts, law enforcement, and legal communities. This original Live Webinar took place on 01/25/2018. The National Institute of…

2018 IPTES – Trace Evidence Breakout Day 2 AM – Part 1

IPTES was designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern, and trace evidence analysts, law enforcement, and legal communities. This original Live Webinar took place on 01/25/2018. The National Institute of…

2018 IPTES – Impression & Pattern Breakout – Day 2 PM

IPTES was designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern, and trace evidence analysts, law enforcement, and legal communities. This original Live Webinar took place on 01/25/2018. The National Institute of…

2018 IPTES – Impression & Pattern Breakout Day 2 AM – Part 2

IPTES was designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern, and trace evidence analysts, law enforcement, and legal communities. This original Live Webinar took place on 01/25/2018. The National Institute of…

2018 IPTES – Impression & Pattern Breakout Day 2 AM – Part 1

IPTES was designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern, and trace evidence analysts, law enforcement, and legal communities. This original Live Webinar took place on 01/25/2018. The National Institute of…

2018 IPTES – Trace Evidence Breakout Day 1 PM

IPTES was designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern, and trace evidence analysts, law enforcement, and legal communities. This original Live Webinar took place on 01/24/2018. The National Institute of…

2018 IPTES – Impression & Pattern Breakout Day 1 PM

IPTES was designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern, and trace evidence analysts, law enforcement, and legal communities. This original Live Webinar took place on 01/24/2018. The National Institute of…

2018 IPTES Plenary – Statistics & Testimony From Practitioner

IPTES was designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern, and trace evidence analysts, law enforcement, and legal communities.This original Live Webinar took place on 01/24/2018. The National Institute of Justice…

2018 IPTES Plenary – Opening Remarks & Statistical Approaches

IPTES was designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern, and trace evidence analysts, law enforcement, and legal communities. This original Live Webinar took place on 01/24/2018. The National Institute of…

Webinar: A Close Look at 3D Microscopy for Firearms Identification [Archival]

Firearms identification is undergoing a major change in capability with the adoption of optical topography, which provides a 3D view of the surface of a bullet or cartridge case to capture the full range of subclass and individual characteristics. The…

Predict Human Appearance From DNA Focusing On Pigmentation

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM EDT – 12:00:00 PM EDT Duration: 2 hour(s) Principles, methods and applications of DNA-based prediction of human appearance traits for forensic and anthropological use with specific insights into eye, hair, and skin colour prediction…

Making The Case For Prevention: Fighting The Opioid Epidemic

← Back to Series  This webinar focuses on universal and primary prevention efforts to address prescription drug misuse and abuse; and the use of innovative analytic techniques to evaluate their effectiveness. The current response to the opioid epidemic has appropriately…

Fentalogs – Pharmacology, Toxicology & Analytical Approaches

← Back to Series  We will review the chemistry of fentanyl, its analogs and precursors, their pharmacology and relative potency, and approaches to identifying novel fentanyl analogs in forensic toxicology casework. Fentanyl and its analogs, sometimes called “The Fentalogs”, are…

Identify Synthetic Opioids using Ambient Ionization TOF-MS

← Back to Series  This webinar will present the results of the evaluation of Direct Sample Analysis Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry to provide rapid identification of eighteen fentanyl analogs and related synthetic opioid. As of March 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration…

HHRRC Webinar Series: Stable Isotope Forensics & Unknown Persons Investigations

← Back to Series  Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 1:00:00 PM ET – 3:00:00 PM ET This webinar discussed applications of stable isotope analysis for predicting region of origin of unidentified border crossers found within the United States. Participants will understand…

HHRRC Webinar Series: Analysis and Conservation of Human Remains in Cambodia

← Back to Series  Original Webinar took Place on Tuesday, May 16th, 2020 This presentation provides an introduction to the work conducted in Cambodia to analyze/preserve human remains from violence committed by the Khmer Rouge. Specifically the site of Krang…

Utilization of Organic Constituents into GSR Analysis

Suzanne Bell of West Virginia University (WVU, Departments of Chemistry and Forensic Science) presents on the utilization of organic constituents into gunshot residue analysis. This innovative technology involves experimental and modeling studies used to elucidate characteristics of skin permeation of…

ASCLD Webinar Series: DNA Standards and Guidelines Part 1

This webinar was targeted to DNA Supervisors, DNA Technical Leaders, Quality Mangers, and DNA Analysts. There was also a question and answer period after the presentation. Forensic DNA Analysis, and in particular interpreting complex DNA mixtures and calculating statistics, can…

2013 R&D: Straight to the Bone: Advances in Forensic Anthropology

This archival portion of the 2013 R&D Seminar Series covers the following presentations: • Improving Sex Estimation from Crania using 3-Dimensional CT Scans – Natalie Shirley • Independent Validation Test of Microscopic Saw Mark Analysis – Jennifer Love • A Subadult…

2016 NSAPS: Panel 3 – Investigating Sexual Assault Webinar [Archival]

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted “Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium” on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. The panel highlighted the complexities of investigating sexual assault cases and promising…

Basics of Microbiology as they Apply to Forensics

↩ Back to Series  Dr. Bruce Budowle, of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and Dr. Dana Kadavy, Director of Biological Sciences at Signature Science, LLC, presented on microbiology, pathogens, human microbiome, and genetic engineering/synthetic biology. Participants will gain…

Understanding Basic Statistical Concepts: Fingerprints

Fingerprint conclusions are expert judgments. These specific types of judgments may be more appropriately termed as inferences, or subjective probabilities, where frequency rates have not been able to be calculated. For over a hundred years researchers have attempted to mathematically…

Genome ID Forum 2014 – The Critical Role of SNPs in the Future of Forensics

Originally presented at the 2014 Genome ID Forum, this presentation appraises the potential value of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) as applied to forensic analysis, including ancestry inference, phenotypic inference and individual identification. The discussion focuses strongly on the relevance of…

Technical Advances in the Visual Documentation of Crime Scenes

Introduction: Michelle Peace, Lyndsay Durham Context of Documentation: Marilyn Miller Practitioner overviews of each scanning technology: SceneVision – Panorama: Virginia Department of Forensic Science Panoscan: Roanoke and Arlington County Police Departments Leica ScanStation C10: Virginia State Police Leica Comparison Presentation:…

Webinar: Structuring Best Practices– Practitioner Stakeholder Meeting [Archival]

At the request of the National Institute of Justice, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) leads a comprehensive federal effort to organize and transfer knowledge and best practices of sexual assault nurse examiners, sexual assault forensic examiners, and collaborative…

Webinar: SANE/SAFE/SART Federal Stakeholder Meeting [Archival]

On May 14, 2014 the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) convened a federal stakeholder meeting entitled, “Organizing and Transferring SANE/SAFE/SART Knowledge and Best Practices” at the RTI location in Washington D.C. The FTCoE leads a comprehensive federal effort to…

Webinar: Regioisomer Differentiation for Substances Using GC-IR [Archival]

Forensic examiners are called upon to conduct detailed chemical analyses of drugs, precursors, and related chemicals that may be present with imposter substances, isomers, or other compounds that may interfere with analysis. Gas chromotograph mass spectrometry (GCMS) has been the…

Genome ID Forum 2014 – Proteomics: Multiplex Assay to Identify Biological Stains

Originally presented at the 2014 Genome ID Forum, this archived presentation discusses the development and validation of a rapid multiplex assay for the identification of biological stains using comparative proteomics. Current serological techniques, although historically utilized and relied upon heavily…

Webinar: Project FORESIGHT Overview [Archival]

Participating laboratories have been able to increase efficiency, reduce turnover, increase internal satisfaction and corresponding compensation, and reconsider strategic priorities for enhanced contributions to the justice system. In this webinar, Project FORESIGHT is detailed along with several success stories and…

2013 R&D: Postmortem Interval and Molecular Autopsy – Part II [Archival]

This archival portion of the 2013 R&D Seminar Series covers the following presentations: Applications of Curvilinear Development Modeling for the Blow Fly Lucilia Sericota – Leon Higley Investigating Unexplained Deaths through Molecular Autopsies – Yingying Tang Funding for this Forensic…

2013 R&D: Postmortem Interval and Molecular Autopsy – Part I [Archival]

This archival portion of the 2013 R&D Seminar Series covers the following presentations: Microbial Community Change Associated with Decomposing Corpses – Rob Knight Using Differential RNA Degradation to Estimate an Extended Postmortem Interval – Joshua Moore Funding for this Forensic…

Webinar: Pills & Particles – Toxicology and Linking Trace Evidence [Archival]

This archival portion of the 2013 R&D Seminar Series covers the following presentations: • Prediction of Drug Interactions with Methadone, Buprenorphine and Oxycodone from in vitro Inhibition of Metabolism – David Moody • Pattern Recognition Assisted Infrared Library Searching to…

Webinar: R&D 2014 – Novel Techniques and Tools for Forensic Analysis – Part II [Archival]

These archival presentations are part of a Seminar Series from the presenters that were involved in the 2014 NIJ Grantees Conference held in Seattle, Washington. This session hosted the following presenters: • Fluorescent metal Indicators for the Presumptive Identification of…

Webinar: R&D 2014 – Novel Techniques and Tools for Forensic Analysis – Part I [Archival]

This archival portion of the 2014 R&D Seminar Series covers the following presentations: Combining Strontium and Oxygen Isotope Ratios of Hair for Human Provenancing from Brett Tipple. The Evaluation of Laser Diode Thermal Desorption (LDTD) for High Throughput Analysis of…

Webinar: Genome ID Forum 2014 – National Commission on Forensic Science & OSAC – 2014 Update [Archival]

Originally presented at the 2014 Genome ID Forum, John Butler from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides an update on the current activities of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) and Organization of Scientific Area Committees…

Webinar: Managing Customer Expectations and Education [Archival]

This archived webinar is the third in ASCLD’s webinar series, “Confronting Crime Laboratory Backlogs: Causes, Solutions, Expectations.” Laboratories can better manage customer expectations and work collaboratively with them to economize and prioritize the delivery of forensic science services in their…

Genome ID Forum 2014 – Legal Perspective on the Adoption of Advanced Technologies

Originally presented at the 2014 Genome ID Forum, Ted Hunt, chief trial attorney in the prosecuting attorney’s office in Kansas City, Missouri, brings a fresh legal perspective to addressing the adoption of advanced DNA analysis technologies for forensic crime laboratories. In…

Latent Fingerprints: Reducing Erroneous Exclusions

This presentation discusses reducing erroneous exclusions in latent fingerprints. The exclusion decision is a fairly recent change in latent print comparisons, and the discipline is still struggling with how to handle exclusions. Erroneous exclusions are being discovered with surprising frequency…

Webinar: Investigating Sexual Violence – Policy Forum: Emerging Solutions and Best Practices [Archival]

This is the archival version of a two-hour Policy and Practices Forum which brings together experienced and knowledgeable subject matter experts in various fields contributing to the investigation and processing of cases involving sexual violence. The investigation of sexual violence…

Webinar: How to Increase your Staff without Increasing Budget [Archival]

This archival webinar, the sixth in ASCLD’s webinar series, Confronting Crime Laboratory Backlogs: Causes, Solutions, Expectations. This webinar covers the methods for increasing your staff without increasing your budget. These methods have been proven successful within a state government entity.…

Genome ID Forum 2014 – HD SNP Array for Forensic Casework

Originally presented at the 2014 Genome ID Forum, Dr. Sandra Close presents her latest research, the application of high density SNP array technology applied to forensic casework. Dr. Close presents an overview of the platform, including chemistry, assay and interpretation,…

Familial DNA Searching: Current Approaches – Part IV

This four-part panel discussion series will elucidate the current landscape of policies and procedures addressing familial DNA searching. Part IV In this particular session, the discussion focused around current technical protocols including software considerations, candidate thresholds derived by likelihood ratio…

Familial DNA Searching: Current Approaches – Part III

This four-part panel discussion series will elucidate the current landscape of policies and procedures addressing familial DNA searching. Part III In this particular session, the discussion focused around the process of investigative follow up from these leads including costs and…

Familial DNA Searching: Current Approaches – Part II

This four-part panel discussion series will elucidate the current landscape of policies and procedures addressing familial DNA searching. Part II In this particular session, the discussion topic was focused around current existing protocols and specifically address questions such as: what…

Familial DNA Searching: Current Approaches – Part I

This four-part panel discussion series will elucidate the current landscape of policies and procedures addressing familial DNA searching. Part I These discussions were used to generate a report designed to educate legal professionals, policy makers, law enforcement and forensic laboratory…

Webinar: Evaluating Transfers of Materials and their Significance [Archival]

This archived one-hour webinar covers basic principles of trace evidence that serve as decision-making tools for forensic scientists to use in examining, sampling, testing and evaluating associative evidence. How strong is an association when evidence is being examined, and what…

Genome ID Forum 2014 – Emerging Technologies for Human Remains Identification

Originally presented at the 2014 Genome ID Forum, an overview of the Laboratory’s new Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) instrumentation and protocol development is discussed including experimental design utilizing multiple forensic markers and the impact on sample processing. Funding for this…

Webinar: Developing a Statewide Approach to Backlog Management [Archival]

This archival is the final webinar in this ASCLD’s webinar series on Confronting Crime Laboratory Backlogs: Causes, Solutions, Expectations. This webinar takes participants from defining their customers and demonstrating how to establishing two way relationships with them, to developing business…

Webinar: Crime Lab Backlogs – The Impact on Justice Policy Forum [Archival]

This is the archival version of a Policy Forum presented by the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence focusing on the key factors playing a role in our nations crime laboratory backlog. Forensic science laboratories are under siege. Ever-increasing volumes of…

Webinar: Genome ID Forum 2014 – Challenges to Implementation of New Technologies at North Carolina State Crime Laboratory [Archival]

Originally presented at the 2014 Genome ID Forum, this presentation by John Byrd, the director of the North Carolina State Crime Laboratory, discusses the challenges and changes the crime laboratory has experienced since 2009. Factors such as caseload volume, salary…

Case Acceptance Policies and Guidelines Webinar [Archival]

This archived webinar, the fourth in ASCLD’s webinar series – Confronting Crime Laboratory Backlogs: Causes, Solutions, Expectations – covers laboratory case management practices and the policies that are put into place to control the intake of evidence. A significant component…

Webinar: Best Practices – Sexual Assault Investigations Policy Forum [Archival]

This forum focused on emerging techniques and developments associated with evidence collection training, evidence analysis utilizing Y-STR capabilities and victim-centric care approaches (e.g., understanding the neurobiology of the victim in sexual assault). Presentations in this forum discussed development of best…

Webinar: Best Practices in Sexual Assault Cases [Archival]

In the ongoing struggle to protect would-be victims from sexual predators, great advances are being made in forensic nursing research and practice, from strangulation assessment to the photographic documentation of injuries and beyond. Valerie Krasneski-Schreiber, unit director of the UPMC…

ASCLD Webinar Series: FBI Allele Frequency – Managers & Legal Overview

Crime Laboratories have earned a position of public trust over time through providing reliable quality results. Keeping public trust includes being self-correcting once an issue is discovered. The Federal Bureau of Investigation allele frequency amendments is an opportunity to demonstrate…

ASCLD Webinar Series: FBI Allele Frequency Amendments – Technical Discussion

Crime Laboratories have earned a position of public trust over time through providing reliable quality results. Keeping public trust includes being self-correcting once an issue is discovered. The Federal Bureau of Investigation allele frequency amendments is an opportunity to demonstrate…

Genome ID Forum 2014 – Applications of Emerging Technologies NIST

Originally presented at the 2014 Genome ID Forum, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SRMs includes the PCR based DNA profiling standard which covers 51 autosomal and 17 Y chromosome markers, mitochondrial DNA sequencing standards and the human…

Webinar: 2017 NIJ R&D Series Controlled Substances & Toxicology [Archival]

Afternoon Session II – Controlled Substances & Toxicology Speakers & Presentations for this section listed below: Novel Blood Protein Modification Assay for Retrospective Detection of Drug Exposure – Anthony DeCaprio, Florida International University Stability of Synthetic Cathinones in Biological Evidence…

2017 NIJ R&D Series Anthropology & Microbial Forensics

Archival Version – The NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium was a free and open meeting where attendees learned about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas. Afternoon Session I – Anthropology & Microbial Forensics Speakers & Presentations…

Webinar: 2016 NSAPS Video – Nevada SA Kit Backlog Working Group [Archival]

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted “Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium” on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. Following the debut screening of “Progress on Testing Sexual Assault Kits,” the…

Webinar: 2016 NSAPS Panel 9 – Funding & Resources to Solve SA Cases [Archival]

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted “Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium” on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. The panel highlighted some of the major national funding sources for testing…

Webinar: 2016 NSAPS Panel 8 – Building an Efficient Laboratory [Archival]

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted “Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium” on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. The panelists discussed how research and development drives new technology and innovation.…

Webinar: 2016 NSAPS Panel 7 – Testing Sexual Assault Evidence [Archival]

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted “Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium” on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. Panelists took a look inside evidence testing and decision making at the…

Webinar: 2016 NSAPS Panel 6 – An Unbelievable Story of Rape [Archival]

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted “Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium” on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. Panelists discussed the investigation behind the story and how law enforcement coordination…

Webinar: 2016 NSAPS Panel 5 – The Role of Evidence in SA Cases [Archival]

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted “Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium” on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. This panel examined the complexities of evidence in sexual assault cases. The…

Webinar: 2016 NSAPS Panel 4 – Legislative Reform on Sexual Assault [Archival]

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted “Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium” on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. This panel discussed new legislative and policy reforms undertaken or underway at…

2016 NSAPS Panel 2 – Victim-Centered Approaches

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted “Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium” on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. The audience learned how first responders such as medical staff, victims’ advocates,…

Webinar: 2016 NSAPS Panel 10 – Collaboration to Improve SA Response [Archival]

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted “Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium” on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. The panel showcased how a multi-disciplinary team addressed a large number of…

2016 NSAPS Panel 1 – Immediate Aftermath of Sexual Assault

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted “Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium” on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. This panel provided an overview of how a traumatic event like sexual…

Webinar: 2016 NSAPS Day 2 – Guest Speaker with Alicia D. O’Neill [Archival]

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted “Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium” on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium had the pleasure of hosting Guest…

Webinar: 2016 NIJ R&D Series Controlled Substances & Toxicology [Archival]

Afternoon Session II: Controlled Substances & Toxicology The NIJ Research and Development (R&D) Program funds both basic or applied R&D projects that will: (1) increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice, or (2)…

Utility of 3D Scanning Technologies Workshop

This 2-day workshop focused on introducing or enhancing forensic science practitioner’s knowledge and capabilities of 3D crime scene documentation technologies. Topics discussed include: -Scope and utility of Leica ScanStation C10 and Faro Focus -Strengths and limitations of each instrument -Evaluation…

Webinar: u-XRF of glass – Practical Explanation of ASTM E2926 [Archival]

Recent studies have shown that micro-XRF is a very discriminating technique for glass samples. ASTM method E2926-13 (Standard Test Method for Forensic Comparison of Glass Using Micro X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry) was developed based on this research to assist analysts in…