Online DNA Training modules now available

two analyst trainees use a blue alternate light source in a biological screening exercise
NFSTC@FIU’s online DNA analysis course is now available in smaller blocks, allowing you or your team to enroll in just the right content when you need it, saving money and time. Use them as a refresher or to bring new technical staff up to speed quickly.

Each module is available for only $450. Select from:
Biological Screening: Covering Evidence & DNA, Forensic Biology, and Communicating Results
DNA Analysis: Covering DNA Extraction & Quantitation, DNA Amplification, Capillary Electrophoresis, Amplified DNA Separation, and Communicating Results
Data Interpretation & Statistics: Covering STR Data Analysis & Interpretation, Population Genetics & Statistics, and Communicating Results

Of course, the full DNA Analyst course is still available and includes additional modules not listed above.

This high‐quality training houses the theoretical knowledge base for forensic biological screening and DNA analyst training. Content includes a pre-course assessment, new technologies, module quizzes and a final exam, and assessment reports are available for Technical Leaders.

Click the links above to learn more about any of these courses, or download our DNA analysis product page for more information, or contact us at sales-nfstc@fiu.edu.

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

Tips for hiring a quality DNA audit team

We know securing a quality QAS audit is critical for your DNA work, now and into the future. When hiring an audit team, here are our top recommendations to ensure the work is done properly:

Plan ahead: Initiate the procurement process early enough to leave at least two months of planning time between the purchase order or contract and the date of the audit. This allows time for team selection, laboratory review of the auditors’ qualifications, arrangements for reasonably priced airfare, and to compile and send materials for audit team review at least two weeks prior to arrival.

Communicate: Let the auditing body know up front if the audit will be grant funded so Federal requirements/restrictions can be taken into account (GSA rates, residency restrictions, etc.).

Consider providing validation summaries in advance: The validation landscape has changed significantly and validation studies vary quite a bit in size, scope, and complexity. Reviewing summaries ahead of time reduces required time on site, and potentially overall cost.

As of December 31, 2017, NFSTC will no longer provide DNA laboratory auditing services. The good news is there are more audit providers now than ever before. Check with your accrediting body for referrals and services you need.

As your forensic resource, NFSTC will always keep up to date with DNA news. Follow us on social media or on our website to stay abreast of forensic innovations and news.

It’s National Forensic Science Week

For the fifth year in a row, the National Forensic Science Technology Center is celebrating National Forensic Science Week.

All this week, we’ll be talking about the essentials for crime scene investigation, from the basics to what’s next in the field.

  • Monday – Crime scene science
  • Tuesday – Chemistry
  • Wednesday – WCW: Women in Forensic Science
  • Thursday – DNA
  • Friday – Opioid epidemic

Show your support with our custom Facebook profile frame (just like our Chief Furensic Scientist). We’re also hosting a TweetChat Thursday at 1 p.m. EST on the new rapid DNA legislation. Join us using #RapidChat.

The city of Largo, home to our Florida headquarters, has ordered his fourth consecutive proclamation in honor of this week. We are also honored to have Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, sign a proclamation for the state.

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!

Looking for a new challenge?

Flask holding a liquid, illuminated with an alternate light source.We want to know! Here at NFSTC, we are always looking for the best talent in forensic science and biometric intelligence.  We are currently seeking expertise in the following areas:

  • Forensic Biology/DNA
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Latent Print  and Biometrics Instructors
  • Computer Forensics (CELLEX/DOMEX)
  • Instruction/Training Military
  • Identity Intelligence
  • Site Exploitation

Multi-lingual capabilities are definitely a plus.

If you are motivated, talented and open to challenges, let us know you are interested in potential opportunities with the NFSTC Team.

  • Click here to learn more about our current position openings and contingent positions pending contract, and/or
  • Click here to be added to our Talent Pipeline for future employment or independent contractor opportunities.

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The legal stuff:
The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer (minorities/women/disabled/veterans), and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. NFSTC is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.