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November OSAC Newsletter
Release Date: 11/24/2015

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) has released its November 2015 monthly newsletter to communicate … more

OSAC Recruiting Applicants for New Crime Scene Subcommittee
Release Date: 10/29/2015


Who, What, WHEN: Determining the Age of Fingerprints
Release Date: 08/24/2015

Watch the imprint of a tire track in soft mud, and it will slowly blur, the ridges of the pattern gradually flowing into the valleys. Researchers … more

Keynote Speakers Announced for the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management
Release Date: 06/09/2015

  #NISTForensics We are pleased to introduce our two keynote speakers for the first-ever International Symposium on Forensic Science Error … more

New NIST Center of Excellence to Improve Statistical Analysis of Forensic Evidence
Release Date: 05/26/2015

As part of a national collaborative effort to strengthen the scientific basis for forensic evidence used in the criminal justice system, the U.S. … more

NIST Seeks to Fill Three Vacancies on Forensic Science Standards Organization
Release Date: 05/21/2015

NIST's Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), the 540-member group working to develop a uniform set of forensic science standards and … more

New Report Recommends Policies for Improved Preservation of Biological Evidence
Release Date: 04/20/2015

All states should have laws ensuring that criminal justice systems properly handle, store and retain forensic biological evidence, according to a … more

PML Helps Lead Standardization for Firearm and Toolmark Examinations
Release Date: 03/24/2015

A fired cartridge case and a fired bullet. Xiaoyu Alan Zheng and Ted Vorburger of PML’s Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology Division were … more

NIST Presentations at AAFS 2015 Point to the Future of Forensic Science
Release Date: 03/20/2015

  Members of the OSAC Scientific Area Committee on Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis at the 2015 AAFS meeting. Credit: NIST The future of … more

NIST International Symposium Seeks Improved Quality in Forensics
Release Date: 03/20/2015

For decades, research programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made significant contributions to forensic … more

Mapping Microscopic Surfaces Could Help Solve Crimes
Release Date: 03/10/2015

  Example of a 3D image of firing pin impression showing microscopic surface features. Credit: NIST Topographic maps that display surface features … more

OSAC Forensic Science Standards Priority Discussions Now Available in Webcast Archive
Release Date: 03/03/2015

Those who missed presentations of forensic science standards development priorities at the first public meetings of the Organization of Scientific … more

Recapping the First Public OSAC Meetings: What is an SDO?
Release Date: 03/02/2015

  The five Scientific Area Committees within the NIST Organization of Scientific Area Committees held their first public meetings in Orlando, … more

First Scientific Area Committee Meetings for Forensic Science to be Webcast
Release Date: 02/13/2015

Forensic scientists interested in watching the first public meetings of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees will be able to see them … more

NIST Shows Crystal Pattern Mapping Can Recover Obliterated Serial Numbers in Metals
Release Date: 02/11/2015

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a technique for mapping deformation in metals that can … more


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