As you may have heard, the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) will be handing over the operation of the FTCoE system to Research Triangle Institute (RTI) at the end of this calendar year. It has been a long journey since NFSTC developed and launched the Center in 2007. During that time, it has been an honor for our team to serve communities large and small, provide forensic technical support, strengthen our crime laboratory system, evaluate the most innovative technology and provide training opportunities and workshops on a wide variety of topics. The variety of the questions we fielded and the innovativeness of the criminal justice professionals we have served across the country has made this time of service a fantastic and rewarding experience.
Thank you for your continued dedication to the truth, justice and the safety of our communities. NFSTC continues to serve the criminal justice community with a wide variety of forensic training, service and forensic expertise and consulting. We look forward to working with you.
The three-day PSPME-IMS workshop provided law enforcement professionals with an introduction to PSPME-IMS as a sampling and detection strategy for illicit drugs and explosives. Topics covered included:
applications of the PSPME-IMS technology, as well as sampling and detection protocols
an overview of the PSPME sampling and pre-concentration device, including its maintenance
use of ion mobility and differential ion mobility spectrometers (benchtop explosives trace detectors (ETD)), coupled with the PSPME device to allow for detection and presumptive identification of threat agents relevant to first responders
basic hands-on instruction on IMS analysis and use of instrument software
hands-on detection, analysis and interpretation of drug and explosive odor signatures
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in conjunction with the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), sponsored this event under a cooperative agreement to help facilitate the transition of novel technologies into practice by operational forensic facilities.
Stop by the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) booth (#2131) at the IACP exhibit hall:
Check out crime scene scenario and virtual reality crime scene training
Get the latest on digital evidence training
Learn about the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs.gov)
Get an inside look at body armor
Register to win an iPad from NFSTC!
NFSTC and colleagues from around the forensic science community look forward to sharing the latest ways to help your agency gain expertise and stretch your training dollars during these tight budget times. We’ll see you in Chicago!
The findings of a comparison study conducted at NFSTC’s laboratory have just been released. The DNA decontamination study compares the industry mainstay, 10% bleach solution, to two specialized decontaminants, STERIPLEX SD and Pure Blu. The findings have been compiled into a technology evaluation report. (Note: This report was revised on Oct. 13 to correct information sent from one of the manufacturers; if you downloaded the earlier version, please download this updated report.)
It is imperative for laboratories to decontaminate equipment and surfaces to avoid cross-contamination when working with DNA. Typically laboratories use 10% bleach solution to clean and decontaminate, but bleach comes with a host of drawbacks: It’s caustic and corrosive, and it loses effectiveness after 24 hours, so fresh batches have to be mixed every day. The specialized alternatives last longer, but how well do they decontaminate? Are they safer? And are they worth the extra money?
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), through the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), is offering a Technology Transition Workshopon Rapid Biological Screening & Analysis Methodologies for Improving Throughput. This free workshop, which will be held daily from 1-3:15 PM (Eastern) on October 24-26, 2011, will be available via Internet WebEx-based broadcast sessions on a secure website.
This workshop format will enable attendees to participate from their home laboratory. All selected attendees will be required to review introductory microfluidic lectures and to read selected journal articles prior to the first WebEx installment of this workshop on October 24, 2011. Each day of the workshop, a live question-and-answer period with the session’s instructor or instructors will be held in real time immediately following broadcast of the pre-recorded lecture(s)/instrument demonstration.
Register online at http://www.nfstc.org/meetings/
Invitation Code (case sensitive): rapidbio Application deadline: Friday, September 2, 2011 Cost: This workshop is offered by NFSTC, and there is no cost to local and state participants or their agencies. Eligible Participants: This workshop is open to forensic biologists affiliated with state or locally funded crime laboratories.
Applicants will be notified regarding selection status by Friday, September 16, 2011.
The instructors for this workshop will be:
Dr. Christopher T. Culbertson (Kansas State University)
Dr. Eugene Tan (NetBio)
Dr. Jack Ballantyne (University of Central Florida)
Mr. Micah Halpern (GenSol Diagnostics)
Dr. Eric Buel (formerly from the State of Vermont Forensic Laboratory).
The purpose of this workshop is to provide forensic biology professionals with information regarding various NIJ-funded research projects that have the capability to increase the throughput of biological samples in one of two ways: through a screening process that serves to enable selection of critical samples requiring a more complete analysis either at the scene or in the laboratory, or via a fully integrated rapid DNA analysis platform system.
Microfluidics: Introduction and Overview
Integrated Microfluidic Devices for Forensic Analysis
The Field-deployable Accelerated Nuclear DNA Equipment (ANDE) Program: Rapid, Fully-integrated Human Forensic Identification (an instrument demonstration will also be included)
Time Since Deposition (TSD) of Dried Bloodstains Using UV-VIS Spectrometric Analysis of Hemoglobin
ID of Fetal Blood Using Developmentally Regulated Gamma Hemoglobin mRNA Isoforms
Rapid Melt-Based STR Prescreening of Forensic Samples at the Crime Scene
A Real-Time Multiplex SNP Melting Assay to Discriminate Individuals
For more information, please refer to the workshop curriculum: