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TECHNOLOGY AND DISTANCE EDUCATION NEWS
Dr. Susan Zucker, Director of Technology and Distance Education

The biggest news to report is that www.ncstl.org is undergoing a facelift ... the pages are being redesigned to better showcase new media elements and the database will soon provide a more user-friendly search interface. This will help our viewers find information more efficiently. It is very exciting!

The NCSTL Calendar provides a compilation of national and international engagements in forensic science, law, technology, and education. Calendar 2009 is a work in progress but will be nearly complete before the end of January. The NCSTL Calendar is a very popular feature on this site!

It's Evident, NCSTL's well-written, well-read, quarterly e-newsletter, features articles on all things forensics. It receives lots of "hits". Check out the latest issue of It's Evident and the archived issues, too.

Being added to the website during the first two quarters of 2009:

  • Ethics Workshop footage and materials
  • New media - webcasts, vodcasts, podcasts, blog links, widgets, and RSS feeds

    Additions to the www.ncstl.org/education website during the fourth quarter of 2008 included:
    • FDIAI (Florida Division of the International Association for Identification) newsletters from 1986 - 2002 which are located in Special Collections in the Education & Training section;

    • Two Guest Lectures were added to the Education & Training section:
      • Dr. Frances Rock's lecture Forensic Linguistic Examination of Evidence held at Stetson University College of Law on September 16 co-sponsored by the NCSTL, Legal Research and Writing, and International Programs

      • Panel presentation Emerging Issues: Returning Veterans, PTSD and Other Injuries, and Their Impact on the Criminal Justice System was held on October 31 in the Eleazer Courtroom on the Stetson University College of Law campus. Featured speakers were: Honorable Robert T. Russell, Presiding Judge Veterans Court, Buffalo, New York; Christopher M. Weaver, PhD, National Center for PTSD Veterans Administration; Donna Jacobs, Veterans Advocate California Statewide Veterans Collaborative and Founder, Not This Time Vets; Lt. Colonel David Rabb,U.S. Army Western Regional Medical Command VA Military Liaison; Michael P. Allen, Professor of Law Stetson University College of Law; moderated by Professor Rebecca Morgan, Boston Asset Management Chair in Elder Law & Director, Center for Excellence in Elder Law. WMNF interviewed Judge Russell and Professors Morgan and Allen. Listen ...

        This presentation addressed commonly experienced physical and psychological injuries of returning veterans returning to civilian life from combat deployments; the resources available through the Veterans Administration and community programs; judicial response to the ever-growing defendant population of veterans; and military resources which help reserve and active duty personnel and dependents identify and respond to stresses when returning to civilian life.

      • Educational Media Links in the Education & Training Section to showcase interesting interviews. See and listen
    I will be presenting YouTube, Facebook, Chat Rooms, and Blogs: A Fertile Classroom for Illicit Activities at the American Academy of Forensic Science in Denver, CO in February. In April and August, I will be presenting Computer Forensics and the NCSTL at the Computer Forensic Show.

    Hope to see you there!
    Susan