Dec 20 2019
This Week in Forensic Science
No one has hours to scour the papers to keep up with the latest news, so we’ve curated the top news stories in the field of Forensic Science for this week. Here’s what you need to know to get out the door!
Nearly 40 Years After College Student’s Stabbing Death, Genetic Records Lead to a Suspect (The New York Times – 12/16/2019)
A Colorado sheriff announced an arrest in the 1980 homicide of Helene Pruszynski, 21, who had been an intern at a Denver radio station.
Two Colorado Courts Rule Use of STRmix Admissible (CISION – 12/16/2019)
Recent decisions bring number of successful U.S. admissibility hearings regarding STRmix software to 30.
Real-Time Crime Centers Can Reduce Crime by 40 Percent (Forensic – 12/16/2019)
- In January 2017, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) launched Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSC), small conference rooms intended to act as communication hubs for real-time crime response. Almost two years after launch, and one year after an expansion, a recent study by RAND Corporation quantifies SDSCs’ positive impact: a 5 to 15 percent average reduction in crime, with some districts reaching up to a 40 percent reduction in certain illicit actions.
OSAC Adds 25th Standard to the Registry (NIST – 12/19/2019)
Beijing’s pursuit of control over a Muslim ethnic group pushes the rules of science and raises questions about consent.
NIST Study Evaluates Effects of Race, Age, Sex on Face Recognition Software (NIST – 12/19/2019)
Demographics study on face recognition algorithms could help improve future tools.
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