It's Evident


From the Research Desk: Update
Diana Botluk, Director of Research

In the past three months, the NCSTL research staff has been working hard to bring you information about the recently released NAS Report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward ( We have added many resources to our NAS Report page ( in the Related Links section of our website. If you visit that page you will see not only links to the report itself and the informational pages on the NAS's Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community, but also links to many other resources about the report.

We provide links to the House and Senate committee hearings, prepared testimony from those hearings, and summaries of the hearings prepared by NCSTL researchers Leeanne Frazier and Catherine Bailey. You will also see a link to a bibliography of articles and other media coverage about the report. On the bottom of that page you will see a link to be able to view all the resources the committee considered while studying the issue and preparing the report.

Some NCSTL researchers also attended the AAFS annual meeting in February, where Research Attorney Catherine Bailey, Advisory Council member Cynthia Holt and I presented ( at the Young Forensic Scientists' Forum on how to use various research resources to keep up to date on issues surrounding scientific evidence. Law and Science Fellow Kevin Paget could also be found working hard at the AAFS meeting creating videos of professionals in the forensic sciences who wanted to share their insight.

We are currently very busy creating an upgrade of our database, and I am looking forward to sharing those changes with you in the next newsletter!