This Week in Forensic Science – ISHI News

Jun 12 2020

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!




New Study Puts Unusual Forensic Investigation Technique to the Test (Phys Org – 6/5/2020)

  • Could household slime become a tool to help solve crimes? That’s the question U of T Mississauga forensic science graduate Leanne Byrne (H. BSc, 2020) sought to answer in a recent study that tested a popular children’s “slime” recipe as a technique to enhance the appearance of hard-to-see fingerprints in forensic investigations.



Advanced Mass Spectrometry Method Could Give Forensic Entomologists Faster Fly IDs (Entomology Today – 6/5/2020)

  • Scientists at the University at Albany have combined a quick-time mass spectrometry method with an innovative statistical model that makes the job of identification much faster and easier than any previous techniques.


Investigators Used Familial DNA to Nab Suspect in Cleveland Woman’s 2018 Slaying ( – 6/8/2020)

  • Investigators used familial DNA to identify the man accused of beating a woman to death and stuffing her body in a church stairwell in 2018, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley’s office.

42-Year-Old Escambia County, Florida Cold Case Murder Solved with DNA Technology (NBC15 – 6/9/2020)

    • The Escambia County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that a 42-year-old cold case has been solved using modern DNA technology.



Texas State to Study the Use of Drones to Locate Human Remains (Forensic – 6/10/2020)

  • The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University  (FACTS) has been awarded a $280,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to use drones to locate human remains.

    Over the course of the two-year project, forensic anthropologists will explore the capabilities and limitations of drones as tools for locating and identifying human remains.



Better Support for Sexual Abuse Victims Under New Training for Australian First Responders (FOX News – 5/30/2020)

  • A new federal grant awarded to Monash University will improve the way frontline workers and health professionals respond to victims of sexual violence.

    The Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, today announced the awarding of $4.5 million to Monash University for the development of an accredited training program for sexual violence responses under the Department of Social Services’ National Initiatives Program.