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Special Collections/Donations: NCSTL extends a warm “Thank You” to Ernest Hamm, Retired Fellow AAFS General Section, for continuing his generous donations of newsletters, journals, and reviews to NCSTL and its special collection in the Stetson Library. Visit the NCSTL's Selected Books Added to the NCSTL Collection in the Stetson Library and the NCSTL's Special Collections. Borrow from the collections.

CLE/CE Programs: SANE-SART Training for Forensic Nurses, A Collaboration Between NCSTL and SANE-SART Resource Services, Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert, sponsored by National Institute of Justice (NIJ), housed on, billed by NIJ as "one of the most popular courses EVER", and Forensic Science Course for Capital Litigators - Self-Study.

International Association of Forensic Sciences 20th World Meeting (IAFS) Conference held in Seoul, Korea October 12 - 18, 2014: NCSTL Director, Carol Henderson, presented. She presented a workshop:"Facing the Twenty-First Challenges to Expert Testimony: An Approach for Success" and a lecture as part of "AAFS at IAFS: Future Directions in Forensic Science" entitled "The Future Relationship of Law and Forensic Science: A Collaborative Model" and moderated a session on "Law, Ethics, Education and QA/QC".

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New Test to Identify Identical Twins Using DNA Being Used for the First Time in a Criminal Case. A new cutting edge DNA test performed by a European company is able to distinguish genetic material from monozygotic (identical) twins. Identical twins come from a single fertilized egg composed of the same genetic material. Prior to the development of this test, monozygotic material could not be distinguished by conventional DNA testing, confounding prosecutors who might otherwise be able to build a solid case. New York Times, 2014.

Technology: Net Neutrality Ruling Raises K-12 Concerns About Internet Access. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia this month has been interpreted as giving commercial Internet providers significantly more power to block content or set conditions on its delivery before it reaches customers, including schools. The ruling struck a blow against the concept of "net neutrality," the idea that all content flowing through the online realm should be treated the same way by providers, regardless of its source. Digital Communities, 2014.

Law: Court Strikes Down FCC Net Neutrality Rule The idea that the Internet should be equally available to everyone suffered a major setback Tuesday. A U.S. appeals court struck down federal rules that had barred broadband providers from favoring some sites and slowing down or blocking others. The ruling will give significant flexibility to Dallas-based AT&T and other broadband providers, freeing them to craft deals with companies willing to pay so they can give their customers a faster or cheaper online experience.Is the Internet a public place? It’s a good question—and one the California Supreme Court has certified to review in Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness v. Cable News Network, according to Michael Walsh of Sedgwick. Digital Communities, 2014

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NCSTL has trained more than 13,500 people worldwide. That number is increasing because the NCSTL educates online. Specifically, the NCSTL just released Forensic Science Course for Capital Litigators - Self-Study which focuses on forensic science and Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert has been a very popular course published on two years ago.

NCSTL conducts in-person training. Under a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), NCSTL has conducted many training workshops on the use of forensic science in capital cases over the past several years. See Education and Training Section of this website.

What is NCSTL? is the only online resource in the world that concentrates on the nexus of science, technology, and the law. Focusing on forensic science and scientific evidence, educates and shares information with scientists, legal professionals, law enforcement, academics, and the public.

There are two handouts about NCSTL ... The Database and Everything Else. There is an Introduction to NCSTL on YouTube.

How we help you offers specialized resources for:

Academics: teachers & students
Law Enforcement
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Scientists/Technologists provides:

• A forensic research database
• A newsletter about the latest forensic topics
• A calendar on forensic conferences and seminars
Resource pages on law, expert witnesses, and current forensic topics
Interlibrary loans for forensic resources
• Video/audio lectures presented by experts
• Interactive educational programs
• Dozens of bibliographies

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Causes and Characteristics of Elder Abuse is a report which is the result of an NIJ-funded project but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice. Authors are: Kristy Holtfreter, Ph.D., Arizona State University (ASU); Michael D. Reisig, Ph.D., ASU; Daniel P. Mears, Ph.D., Florida State University; Scott E. Wolfe, Ph.D., University of South Carolina.

Despite increased concerns about fraudulent activities that target elderly individuals, little is known about the prevalence of such fraud, the factors that give rise to it, or the effectiveness of efforts to reduce it. The study’s three specific objectives were to:

  • determine the nature, incidence, and prevalence of fraud victimization among elderly consumers in Arizona and Florida;
  • identify risk and protective factors associated with fraud victimization in this population; and
  • evaluate the elderly population’s awareness and use of state-based programs, including reporting fraudulent behavior to law enforcement.

The study revealed that nearly 6 of every 10 participants were targeted by a fraud attempt in the year prior to the study. Approximately 14% of the individuals in the full sample were victims of fraud within the past year. Most respondents were not familiar with state programs designed to assist elderly victims of fraud.

Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available the following final technical reports: These reports are the results of NIJ-funded projects but were not published by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Scientific Working Group on Disaster Victim Identification (SWGDVI) has posted three draft documents for public review and comment. The documents are posted on the “Public Review and Comments: Open” page of the SWGDVI website. Your feedback is valuable in the development of SWGDVI products. Instructions for review and comment are provided via the aforementioned link.

The newly posted documents are:

  1. Data Management: Guidelines for the Medicolegal Authority
  2. Family Assistance Center: Guidelines for Medicolegal Authorities
  3. Molecular Biology Considerations for Human Identification in Mass Fatality Incidents
For general information regarding the SWGDVI, please refer to SWGDVI website.

FBI Child Forensic Interview Training is part of the Office for Victim Assistance for which there are four FBI forensic specialists who interview kids, adolescents, and young adults who are victims and/or witnesses of crime. The purpose of the investigative interview, the forensic interview, is to gather statements that can be used in court.

From Bitstreams to Heritage: Putting Digital Forensics into Practice in Collecting Institutions examines the application of digital forensics methods to materials in collecting institutions – particularly libraries, archives and museums. It is a product of the BitCurator project and is written by Drs. Christopher A. Lee, Frances Carroll McColl Term Professor and research associate, Kam Woods of SILS; Matthew Kirschenbaum, associate director of MITH; and SILS doctoral student Alexandra Chassanoff.