The ForensicWeek.com Webcast TV Show is airing Episode 70 this Thursday, January 29th at 7 P.M. (EST).

Posted by: on Jan 28, 2015 | No Comments

The topic “Forensic Interviewing in Child Abuse cases,” with a distinguished panel of guests from the Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice community.  There is some controversy in regards to whether or not some police and prosecutors are choosing to use forensic interviewing to assist the child with pretrial preparations and investigations for evidence and convictions.  How are child advocates handling these delicate cases? Find out by viewing this episode. Join host, Tom Mauriello and the ForensicWeek crew on www.ForensicWeek.com brought to you by ForensIQ, Inc.  Thank you for watching!

 

Special guests on this show will be Dr. Quanda Stevenson, Ph.D, Program Director Criminal Justice, Athens State University;  Claire Jones, Esq., former Deputy District Attorney for Limestone County Courts, Alabama and Board Member of the Child Advocacy Center;  Susan McGrady, Director of the Child Advocacy Center, Limestone County; and Marcia Milliken, Executive Director of the Minnesota Children’s Alliance.

‘Town Neck Torso’ Killing Remains Unsolved – Sandwich, MA (Cape Cod)

Posted by: on Jan 10, 2015 | No Comments

Tom Mauriello was asked to comment on a cold case from Sandwich, MA, where the torso of a man was found on the beach in June of 2014.  See the January 8, 2015 article written by JAMES KINSELLA and KARA RYAN  For more background information about the case click on this document. Sandwich MA Torso Found

ForensicWeek.com Show – Topic – “Polygraph – A truthful discussion about lie detection.”

Posted by: on Dec 3, 2014 | No Comments

The ForensicWeek.com Webcast TV Show is airing Episode 68 LIVE this Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 P.M. (EST). The topic this week, “Polygraph – A truthful discussion about lie detection.”  ForensicWeek.com has aired two episodes on the polygraph process (Episodes 7 & 8), and this time we will hear from a member of the Board of Directors for the American Polygraph Association (APA), Barry Cushman; and return guest and Washington attorney, Mark Zaid.  Expect to hear honest discuss on how the polygraph is a valued investigative tool and how the legal community calculates its use. Join host, Tom Mauriello on www.ForensicWeek.com, brought to you by ForensIQ, Inc.  Thank you for watching!

Fragrances Scent Profiles Used to Categorize Suspects

Posted by: on Dec 3, 2014 | One Comment

Forensics experts are building chemical profiles of popular fragrances to help them identify scents left on clothing and items touched by offenders. These traces are coming from deodorant, perfume and soap left behind at crime scenes. By building up a ‘scent profile’  it can help to narrow down lists of suspects and even be used as evidence in court. They hope that by identify key compounds from the sweat left behind by criminals, it can be used as evidence against them. For additional information and to learn more please go to the link below:

http://www.forensicmag.com/news/2014/11/scent-profiles-used-categorize-suspects

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 11/29/14]

Forensic Sstudents intern with FBI

Posted by: on Dec 3, 2014 | One Comment

Two forensic science students at Cedarville University, are doing an internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). They were chosen from a national pool of applicants for the FBI’s Honors Internship Program. Banks and Chavez used the past summer to begin learning from practical experience with the FBI agency. Last upon completion of their summer internships they were offered an extension through the school year at the Dayton office. For additional details on this article, please go to the website below”

http://xeniagazette.com/news/news_education/150311436/Forensic-science-students-intern-with-FBI

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 11/30/14]

Va Budget Cuts Hit Forensic Lab Analysis of Trace Evidence

Posted by: on Dec 3, 2014 | One Comment

Virginia Department of Forensic Science is budget cutting  to and reducing analysis of gunshot residue and several other kinds of trace evidence. For the full article go to the website below:

http://www.forensicmag.com/news/2014/12/va-budget-cuts-hit-forensic-lab-analysis-trace-evidence

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 12/01/14]

New Way to Analyze DNA Evidence Under Development

Posted by: on Dec 3, 2014 | No Comments

The chair of the Department of Computer Science and an associate professor Desmond Lun,  at Rutgers–Camden, is part of a collaborative research team that has been awarded a $1.7 million Army Research Office grant to create a software program based on a computational method for analyzing DNA evidence. DNA can be found in human cells from blood, hair, and skin. When a forensic analyst takes a DNA sample from an object, the DNA from everyone who had contact with the object is potentially in the sample. Lun is working with researchers from Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For additional information and the full article, go to the website below:

http://www.forensicmag.com/news/2014/12/new-way-analyze-dna-evidence-under-development

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 12/01/14]

“What College Program is Best for You?”

Posted by: on Nov 18, 2014 | One Comment

The ForensicWeek.com Webcast TV Show is airing Episode 67 LIVE this Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 P.M. (EST).  The topic this week, “What College Program is Best for You?”  Is it criminology, criminal justice, law, criminalistics, cybercrime or of course – forensic sciences?  What about an Associate’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree?  How do these programs prepare you for a career in criminal justice or forensic science?  Special guests, Professors Laura Ellsworth, Michael P. Bouchard, and Philip Newsome are educators who represent these types of programs and will provide the answers and guidance you need to make those decisions.  So join host, Tom Mauriello on www.ForensicWeek.com, brought to you by ForensIQ, Inc.  Thank you for watching!

Enhance Your Skills with Sirchie Training in 2015 Plus New Free Training Webinar Next Week

Posted by: on Nov 18, 2014 | No Comments

Sirchie Laboratories has announced that the 2015 website & access to their Training Section where you can sign up for each class or contact them for more details: full schedule starting in January.

 Visit their website at  www.sirchie.com

Download the brochure and visit their webpages via the links and images below to learn more about the classes and register before the sessions sell out.

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 11/13/14]

Fingerprinting in Adverse Conditions

Posted by: on Nov 18, 2014 | No Comments

When it comes to getting fingerprints from a crime scene they are not always in the pristine weather, weather is often a problem. In this article, they look at fingerprinting essentials in extreme conditions such as  extreme heat, extreme cold and wet conditions. In extreme heat it interferes with the lifting tape; in extreme cold when the temperature dips below freezing, you have to thaw prints before processing them; and in wet conditions you need the correct product and techniques to get the latent prints. For additional information and more details on fingerprints in adverse conditions please got to the website below:

http://www.forensicmag.com/articles/2014/11/fingerprinting-adverse-conditions?et_cid=4248691&et_rid=454863972&location=top

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 11/17/14]

Running the world’s only forensic animal crime lab

Posted by: on Nov 18, 2014 | One Comment

At the US Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory, the lab supports a network of federal agents and inspectors who are trying to protect endangered species and take down wildlife traffickers. A seasoned CSI investigator named Ken Goddard, who left human police now works  to create this special lab in Ashland, Oregon.  Ken discusses the lab’s early beginnings, why he thinks rhinos are nearing extinction, and what it’s like wading through walrus guts in the Arctic. For more information on this article and get the interview with Ken Goddard please go to the website below.

http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/techknow/articles/2014/11/5/running-the-worldasonlyforensicanimalcrimelab.html

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 11/17/14]

Research Aims to Assist Forensic Investigations

Posted by: on Nov 18, 2014 | No Comments

A chemistry professor Barry K. Lavine at Ohio State University was awarded a grant to continue his research of automobile paint samples to benefit forensic scientists. The grant has the potential to speed up the paint sample process using infrared spectral data. The $443,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice is Lavine’s third grant in four years. Since 2010, his research has collected more than $1.2 million in funding. He plans to do this by comparing the spectral paint to the paint of the automobile using algorithms.

For additional information please visit the website below:

http://www.forensicmag.com/news/2014/11/research-aims-assist-forensic-investigations

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 11/18/14]

ForensicWeek.com Show Highlights the International Association of Identification with IAI President Steve Johnson

Posted by: on Nov 4, 2014 | No Comments

The ForensicWeek.com Webcast TV Show is airing Episode 66 LIVE this Thursday, November 6th at 7:00 P.M. (EST).  The topic this week, “The International Association of Identification (IAI), the oldest forensic association in the world that represents 16 disciplines in the forensic and investigative fields.  Special guest Steve Johnson, newly installed president of IAI, will talk about the association’s long history and the contributions it has made to further the education, training, research, knowledge, skills and abilities of its members and the entire forensic and investigative communities.  So join host, Tom Mauriello on www.ForensicWeek.com, brought to you by ForensIQ, Inc.  Thank you for watching!

3D Prints Takes Over Traditional Clay Modeling

Posted by: on Nov 3, 2014 | No Comments

Traditional Clay Modeling in Forensic Facial Reconstruction is being replaced by 3D Printings. The process consists of recreating the face of a person with only the skull as a reference. When making a clay model you had to be an artist schooled in anatomy, anthropology, and ontology. Even though clay models have been used for many years their is a major problem with the current practice of forensic facial reconstruction and it’s that the skull must be used and can, in the process, potentially be damaged. This machine is called  Z Scanner where it makes a scan of the skull, then a Z650 3D printer is used to produce a lifesize replica of the skull. For more information go to the link below.

http://www.forensicmag.com/news/2014/10/3d-printing-replacing-clay-modeling-forensic-facial-reconstruction

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 10/27/14]

Wallet-sized Labs the Next Big Thing for Toxicology

Posted by: on Nov 3, 2014 | No Comments

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, (RMIT) researchers are developing an inexpensive, portable toxicology laboratory, that is so small you could fit it in your wallet. This new  microfluidic chip will be used  for toxicology and drug discovery testing. For more information on how they plan to use this new chip please go to the website below.

http://www.forensicmag.com/news/2014/10/wallet-sized-labs-next-big-thing-toxicology

[Abstract written by Mercedes Quick, ForensIQ Intern, 10/29/14]