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Burn Notice

September 4, 2014 | by Vince McLeod, CIH | Articles | Comments

Flammable substances are those that can easily catch fire and burn in air. They may be solid, liquid, or gaseous, but this article will focus on liquids because according to Prudent Practices, the most common fire hazard in the typical laboratory is a flammable liquid or the vapor produced by one. And for a majority of laboratories, flammable liquids are the most commonly stored material and make up the largest volume of hazardous material.

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Forensic Magazine

The CSI Effect

October 21, 2014 6:04 am | News | Comments

The “CSI Effect” — it’s a real thing. It describes the effect CSI and other crime investigation shows have had on public awareness of forensic science. As the popularity of these shows rise, schools have seen an increase in the demand for undergraduate courses and graduate programs in forensic science.

To say that developments in “Rapid DNA” have been progressing quickly is an understatement. From a front page USA Today article headline reading “Rapid DNA Test Could Transform Crime Fight”, to its first use in a criminal prosecution and, most importantly

DNA Collection Shortfall

October 21, 2014 5:21 am | News | Comments

Law officers are asking the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation how to best collect genetic material from people convicted of certain misdemeanors and enter the information into a national database.


Biosafety Cabinet

October 21, 2014 5:00 am | Labconco Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new Purifier® Axiom™ bridges the gap between Type A and Type B by offering an Omni-Flex design allowing the cabinet to be installed in a Type A mode when not working with chemical hazards or in a ducted Type B mode when the application changes for using hazardous vapors.

A visit to the Crime Lab can illustrate the advances that the San Bernardino   County Sheriff’s Department in California has made over the past several   years. The Sheriff's Scientific Investigations Division has handled thousands   of cases, and as tech

Nevada Implements Arrestee DNA Collection for Felony Offenses

October 20, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

A Nevada law that requires DNA samples be taken from every person arrested on a felony charge — and criticized by civil rights groups as an invasion of privacy — has seen surprisingly little pushback in the four months it has been in practice.


Crime Novelist Charts the History of Forensics

October 20, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

Crime novelist Val McDermid charts the history of forensics and interviews crime scene investigators to get the maggots-and-all story. McDermid, 59, is the author of 28 crime novels; for her nonfiction work, Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime, she has interviewed crime scene investigators (CSIs), ranging from blood spatter specialists to DNA swabbers, craniofacial reconstruction experts, and footprint and toxicology analysts.

Orbitrap-Based Mass Spectrometer

October 20, 2014 10:23 am | Thermo Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

The new Thermo Scientific Q Exactive Focus LC-MS/MS is designed to make the qualitative and quantitative power of Orbitrap-based instruments available to customers who use quadrupole time-of-flight (Q-TOF) mass spectrometry or other technologies.  


Search Ends with Discovery of Human Remains

October 20, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

The search for 18-year-old Hannah Graham was called off after human remains were found in a rural part of Albemarle County. The remains that were discovered were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in downtown Richmond where test will be conducted to positively ID the body.


International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI)

October 20, 2014 7:07 am | Events

ISHI is an annual conference for the DNA forensic community to learn, share and network amongst industry peers and experts.Grapevine,



October 20, 2014 7:05 am | Events

The purpose of the Property & Evidence Association of Florida, Inc. is to promote education and professionalism of the Property and Evidence function within the State of Florida.Orlando,

Int'l Homicide Investigators Association

October 20, 2014 7:03 am | Events

The mission of the International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA) is to provide active support to law enforcement death professionals through leadership, training, networking, and provision of resources and expertise to resolve cases. The IHIA membership is representative of the diverse fields of law enforcement, forensics, behavioral specialties, coroners/medical examiners, prosecutors, and information analysts forming a strong bond of interagency support, cooperation, and coordination and building effective partnerships.Washington,


October 20, 2014 7:00 am | Events

The Pacific Northwest Division of the International Association for Identification's mission is to organize people in the professions of forensic identification, investigation, and scientific examination of physical evidence, through education, training and research, so the professions can be effectively standardized and scientifically practiced, and they encourage the growth and improvement of the professions by employing the collective wisdom of the members.Portland,


October 20, 2014 6:57 am | Events

The mission of Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists, MAAFS, is to encourage the exchange and dissemination of ideas and information within the fields of recognized forensic sciences through improving contacts between persons and laboratories engaged in the forensic sciences; to stimulate research and the development of new and/or improved techniques; and, to promote high standards of performance and facilitate professional acknowledgment of persons working in recognized forensic science disciplines. Cambridge,

Toronto Police Forensic Seminar

October 20, 2014 6:54 am | Events

Toronto, ON, Canada

North Carolina IAI

October 20, 2014 6:50 am | Events

The North Carolina International Association for Identification, N.C.I.A.I., is an academic association whose purpose is to associate persons engaged in the many fields of forensic science and criminal investigation. To assist in the education and standardization of scientific analysis and crime detection and to provide for those engaged in the field to meet, discuss, and stay abreast of changing methodology and technology.Greensboro,


October 20, 2014 6:47 am | Events

The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) is a nonprofit professional society of crime laboratory directors and forensic science managers dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation. The purpose of the organization is to foster professional interests, assist the development of laboratory management principles and techniques; acquire, preserve and disseminate forensic based information; maintain and improve communications among crime laboratory directors; and to promote, encourage and maintain the highest standards of practice in the field.Washington,


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