Royal Thai Police wrap up week-long training

Four officers from the Royal Thai Police, NFSTC@FIU staff, and an interpreter all stand for a group photo

While online training is a cost-effective way to deliver instruction, creating and sustaining these programs requires a special skillset. This week, four officers from the Royal Thai Police (RTP) worked with NFSTC@FIU’s Senior Instructional Design Strategist, Lori Sullivan, learning the logistics of building effective online training courses and the basic concepts of instructional design.

The RTP team, comprised scientists, crime scene technicians, and management staff, also toured the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Services Division. They saw first-hand some of the tools and technology used here in Pinellas County, including 3D crime scene scanning.

This project is part of our ongoing effort from a Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) grant. NFSTC@FIU will be working with the State Department to assist in the RTP’s long-term goal: to build several online training courses for their entire agency.

Celebrating the 7th Annual Forensic Science Week

It’s been seven years of celebrating National Forensic Science Week. Each year, we’ve watched as more and more agencies, schools, and organizations take park showcasing the important work done in laboratories across the country.

This week, NFSTC@FIU will be highlighting how we are working to make science serve justice:

  • Monday – Messy Monday
  • Tuesday – Technology Tuesday 
  • Wednesday – WCW: Women in Forensic Science 
  • Thursday – Technique Thursday 
  • Friday – FIU Friday 

We look forward to seeing you online as well, sharing your favorite forensic science facts, tidbits, and information.

If you aren’t already, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube for all the latest information this week and throughout the year!

A decade of excellence

Next month, Cadets will make their way to the NFSTC@FIU training facility, like they have for the past 10 summers. A decade of training up to 12 Cadets for two weeks on the latest in forensic science. That adds up to thousands of hours of curriculum development and hands-on instruction time in DNA to digital evidence

The program has been sought after not only because of the emerging importance of these skills in the military, but because it’s only ever been offered once a year.

“We’ve always provided the Biometrics and Forensic internship to the Cadets and their Command at no cost,” explains Kevin Lothridge, NFSTC@FIU executive director. “We’ve always pledged to keep it that way, and this year we are doubling our commitment and hosting two classes. We’re very excited about it.

Both classes will cover the same material – a CSI for the battlefield approach to forensic science. The Cadets will also have the opportunity to tour the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office laboratory and utilize their gun range.

“Their time here is lot of learning-by-doing,” says Lothridge. “We want every Cadet to leave after the two weeks with not just an understanding, but the ability to carry out some the work done in the field.”

The first class of Cadets arrive July 1, and the second beginning July 29. 

Have you been through our Biometics and Forensic internship? We want to hear from you! Send us your experience, advice, and/or stories for us to share on social media.

Register now for the 8th Annual Forensic Science Symposium

Join forensic science colleagues from Florida and beyond at the 8th Annual Forensic Science Symposium at the beautiful Florida International University campus in Miami on May 1-2.

This year’s event open and closes with panel discussions on two of the most impactful topics for today’s laboratories:

  • Opioids: With the nation facing more than 130 deaths from opioids every day, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the impact is enormous. A panel of experts will discuss the effects of this crisis.
  • Genealogy: Once reserved for history buffs, genealogy is being used to solve cold cases, like the infamous Golden State Killer, across the country. This panel will discuss the balance solving crime and user privacy.

Breakout sessions will dive into new forensic technologies, techniques and complexities. For the first time ever, digital investigations will be addressed in the sessions. Be sure to check out the workshop opportunities, too.

Registration is $30 and free for current FIU students. Group registration for agencies is also available. Visit the event page and register today.

Questions? Email forensics@fiu.edu

Deadline Extended: Submit your abstract for the 2019 Forensic Science Symposium

The International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI), as part of FIU’s brand new preeminent Global Forensic and Justice Center (GFJC), will host the 8th Annual Forensic Science Symposium May 1-2, 2019. Submissions for presentations and posters are now being accepted.

Proposed topics for the Symposium should focus on what impacts today’s forensic laboratories, including:

  • Accreditation and standards
  • Rapid DNA
  • Cognitive bias
  • Digital evidence
  • Opioid crisis
  • Recent research
  • Quality management
  • Other

Submit your abstract here along with a brief bio by FEBRUARY 15, 2019. You will be notified no later than end of  February 2019 regarding acceptance status. If you have questions about abstract submission, please contact us at forensics@fiu.edu or ifri@fiu.edu.

Registration and sponsorship information will be available soon.

IFRI serves local and national law enforcement efforts in the application of scientific principles to the administration of justice. IFRI is part of FIU’s new Global Forensic and Justice Center (GFJC) which is a forensic science and justice initiative coordinating all of the ongoing forensic science efforts university-wide. The structure of the GFJC builds upon four established focus areas: Academia, Industry, Technology and International Justice, dramatically expanding FIU’s footprint in the forensic/justice/training arenas, providing unparalleled opportunities for students, postdocs, faculty, practitioners and agencies worldwide.