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!
A recent decision by the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) to eliminate an important and productive diversity committee (the Anthropology Diversity & Inclusion Committee, for which I was a Co-Chair)—and my consequent resignation as Chair of the AAFS Diversity Outreach Committee (DOC)—has sparked intense discussions in the forensic community about the AAFS’ stance on diversifying a problematically homogenous field and is mobilizing forensic scientists to confront issues of exclusion, bias, and racism and speak out about the importance of diversity.
Arizona’s Study Committee on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has posted its final report, including dozens of specific legislative, law enforcement and other policy recommendations to address the ongoing crisis.
For centuries, historians and scientists mostly agreed that when early human groups sought food, men hunted and women gathered. However, a 9,000-year-old female hunter burial in the Andes Mountains of South America reveals a different story, according to new research conducted at the University of California, Davis.
In January 2019, Selden was put in contact with the DNA Doe Project to explore using whole genome sequencing, bioinformatics, and investigative genetic genealogy to attempt to identify the remaining victims. Since that time DDP has been working with the Sacramento County Coroner and ANDE Corporation in this endeavor. Several additional identifications have been made as a result, with ANDE generously covering all costs.
For 47 years, the case remained cold, with little evidence of who assaulted and murdered Loomis — until last year, when a DNA sample from a coffee cup matched semen found on Loomis’s boot. Police said they used genetic genealogy to trace it to Terrence Miller, who was charged last April in her death.