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Diana Botluk, NCSTL Director of Research

From the Research Desk

Greetings! In March, NCSTL.org launched a new feature on its website. You can now chat live with an NCSTL researcher. Simply go to the home page and type your question into the "Chat with NCSTL' chat box, located on the right side of the page. To identify yourself to the researcher on the other end, click on "edit nickname" and replace the Meebo guest ID with your personal name.

Spring 2011 is a very busy time for the NCSTL research team. I gave a presentation to the DNA for Defense seminar in Clearwater and March, as well as a presentation on forensic research resources for the Arizona Forensic Science Academy in Phoenix. Ellen Mizio and I are getting ready to attend two library seminars. We will be giving an Ignite presentation about NCSTL at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries in Columbia, South Carolina, in April. Then in May, we will be networking further at the Florida Library Association conference in Orlando. Next, I'll be off to the Forensic Science for Capital Litigators seminar in Plano, Texas, in June.

April brings the bittersweet departure of Erica Pless, NCSTL Law and Science Fellow, who is leaving to pursue her legal career with a private firm in Tampa. Erica began her career with NCSTL as a pro bono and directed research student, then while still a student, was hired as a research assistant. Following graduation, Erica began working full time with NCSTL. She has been a great asset to the NCSTL team. While we hate to see her go, we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.