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Symposium showcases forensics at NIST.

Forensic science research goes back a long way at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) --more than a century. In fact, the agency served as the nation's federal crime laboratory from 1913 to 1932, when the FBI established its own research arm. Today, NIST research programs continue to make significant contributions to forensics, strengthening its scientific underpinnings and ensuring the credibility necessary for effective criminal justice.

To spotlight how NIST currently serves the forensics community, the agency is hosting a two-day symposium, "Forensics@NIST2016" November 8-9, 2016, at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD. The symposium's agenda will include:

* November 8: NIST's latest forensic science research in select areas that may include ballistics, biometrics, DNA, drug analysis, trace, and statistics will be highlighted.

* November 9: Work from NIST's new Forensic Science Center of Excellence (FSCOE) will be highlighted. Led by Iowa State University (Ames, IA), the FSCOE, now titled the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Science (CSAFE) is a partnership that also includes Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) and the University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA). The CSAFE research focuses on improving the statistical foundation for pattern and digital evidence analyses.

To register, visit: http://www.nist.gov/forensics/ forensics-at-nist-2016.cfm. The two day program will be web cast for external viewing.

Sue Ballou *

Forensic Science Research

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Gaithersburg, Maryland

United States of America

* Manager for NIST's forensic science research programs.

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Publication:Forensic Science Review
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Date:Jul 1, 2016
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