We hope this edition of the ISHI Report finds your well. The team is excited to share a diverse round up of articles ranging from current topics in the news to career and leadership advice from seasoned forensic experts.
Our colleague Jordan Nutting dives into the under reported story of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Just over a century ago the city of Tulsa was rocked by an attack on the black residents of the city which devastated entire city blocks, destroyed buildings, houses and businesses and resulted in the death of hundreds of black residents. Through the persistence of survivors, community members and truth tellers, this story is finally being told. Award winning journalist DeNeen Brown, whose family in Tulsa was affected by the massacre will open ISHI 33 with a powerful retelling of the events leading to the tragedy.
Fast forwarding to current events, Alexandra Quinton, a Research Associate from the University of Canberra explores the current sentiment surrounding the use of Investigative Genetic Genealogy and commercial DNA databases to solve criminal cases. As more cold cases are being solved with IGG, the support of the public and law enforcement agencies will be critical to establishing guidelines for when and how to use the technology.
Our long-time friend and forensic science thought leader Bruce Budowle, reflects back on his career on the occasion of his “retirement” from the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification. The advances in forensic science that Bruce has witnessed over the course of his career are truly staggering. Bruce will be discussing how next generation sequencing can help with sexual assault investigations during a workshop at ISHI on Thursday, November 3.
Many people who are in leadership positions in forensic laboratories have arrived in their positions without the benefit of formal management training. Years ago, Brian Hoey found himself managing a team and struggling to provide effective coaching and leadership. He shares his hard-won insights and philosophy on leading a team through challenging times. We also learn more about challenges specific to forensic biology from Julie Sikorsky and Pam Marshall.
Finally, we are pleased to introduce a new group of ISHI Student Ambassadors who will be participating in the 33rd International Symposium on Human Identification. These students have demonstrated a strong resolve and commitment to advancing the field of forensic science. You’ll be inspired by their stories and their future aspirations.
We hope that you enjoy this edition of the ISHI Report and as always invite your comments and written contributions.