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Why Employees Quit: Frustration about Co-workers

November 20, 2014 | by Helen Kelly | Articles | Comments

When someone says I don’t like my job, there’s little hope of retaining that employee, right? Not necessarily, there’s a fair chance that 1) I don’t like my job reflects feelings of discontent rather than a clear picture of dissatisfaction, and 2) a decision to leave would be premature.

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In a press conference, Wichita Police credited evidence obtained by forensic nurses at Via Christi with linking a suspect to the brutal rape and attempted murder at a Wichita Park, Kansas.

Nurses Collect Evidence to Help Solve Rape Case

November 21, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jade DeGood, KWCH 12 | News | Comments

In a press conference, Wichita Police credited evidence obtained by forensic nurses at Via Christi with linking a suspect to the brutal rape and attempted murder at a Wichita Park, Kansas.                 

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Scientists from DFS, OCME Earn National Appointments

November 21, 2014 12:06 pm | by DC Government, Department of Forensic Sciences | News | Comments

The scientists at the District’s Consolidated Forensic Laboratory do cutting-edge work every day. But six people with ties to that state-of-the-art facility have been asked to literally help shape the future of forensic science in the United States.

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The SmallPond™ DNA Profile Matching System is a powerful software tool for organizations interested in using DNA to assist in identification of individuals.  SmallPond enables the creation and maintenance of DNA databases of STR, Y and SNP profiles.

DNA Profile Matching System

November 21, 2014 8:29 am | SmallPond, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The SmallPond™ DNA Profile Matching System is a powerful software tool designed for use by law enforcement, military organizations, border protection agencies or anyone interested in using DNA to assist in identification of individuals. SmallPond enables the creation and maintenance of DNA databases of STR, Y and SNP profiles.

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PA Middle School Students Learn Science Through Forensics

November 20, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

Students in Founders' Hall Middle School's Academy in Math and Science program, known as AIMS, take part in weekly enrichment that includes an extra period of science. The work is extracurricular and challenges students to reach beyond their standard curriculum, watching science unfold in real-life applications. The focus this year has been on forensic science.

Postal Inspectors Discover $90,000 Worth of Bath Salts in Chinese Package

November 20, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

An express postal package from China, that was bound for a house in Destrehan, Louisiana, was intercepted by authorities and found to contain an estimated $90,000 worth of the illegal designer drug "Molly," St. Charles Parish authorities reported Tuesday.

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DNA Could Free Inmate After 36 Years

November 20, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

  A man convicted of murder in the 1978 shooting death of a Southern California man should be freed after 36 years behind bars, based on DNA analysis and investigative reports withheld from his trial attorney, a prosecutor said on Wednesday after a judge overturned the conviction.

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Cell Phone Background Image Leads to Suspect

November 20, 2014 4:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police tracking down a suspected killer came across a telling piece of evidence that led to an arrest: A cellphone, logged into a man's Facebook account, with a news photo of the crime scene as the background screen.

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Frederic Chopin's deathbeb request was that his heart be removed and entombed in his native Poland. The organ has been exhumed several times, most recently in a secret operation to check whether the tissue remains well preserved. Chopin experts have wante

Chopin's Heart Exhumed in Secret

November 19, 2014 10:16 am | by Vanessa Gera, Associated Press | News | Comments

Frederic Chopin's deathbeb request was that his heart be removed and entombed in his native Poland. The organ has been exhumed several times, most recently in a secret operation to check whether the tissue remains well preserved. Chopin experts have wanted to carry out genetic testing to establish whether the sickly genius died at 39 of tuberculosis, as is generally believed, or of some other illness.

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DNA evidence can be critical to solve a crime, but a big backlog of cases means it could be months, or even years, before some of those samples get tested.

Familial DNA Leads to Rape Suspect

November 19, 2014 7:09 am | News | Comments

For the second time in Wisconsin history, the DNA of a relative has led to the arrest of a suspect wanted for sexual assault. 24-year-old Antoine Pettis, of Milwaukee, was charged on Tuesday after he was identified by familial DNA.

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For three decades, the key to identifying a pedestrian struck and killed near an interstate exit ramp sat at investigators' fingertips. They just didn't realize it.

The History of Forensic Fingerprinting

November 19, 2014 7:03 am | News | Comments

The topic of my Sloan project came about very organically. As soon as I decided to apply for the grant, I knew it was going to involve forensics. Then I asked myself, "What's the most common tool people associate with criminal investigation?" The answer was obvious: fingerprints.

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Doug Wyler: Forensic Anthropologist

November 19, 2014 6:58 am | News | Comments

Death is a touchy subject and rarely something anyone deals with on a frequent basis. That is unless you happen to be Doug Wyler, a forensic anthropologist who works with the Los Angeles Police Department. City College students got a sneak peak into a day-in-the-life of this personality.

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Serological Research Institute has announced they are the first lab on the West Coast to offer a new, wet-vacuum based forensic DNA collection method. This new method has helped solve criminal investigations that were otherwise stalled or had gone complet

Rape Kit Backlog Persists Despite Funding

November 19, 2014 6:51 am | News | Comments

On average, in Bexar County, Texas, alone, forty-six-hundred people are raped every year.  That's thirteen new victims a day.  But it's estimated eighty percent of those victims will never report the crime. To make matters worse, Elizondo says less than twenty percent of rapists are brought to justice.   

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TBI Forensic Labs Receive High-Level Accreditations

November 18, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Chattanoogan | News | Comments

After a lengthy assessment by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors’ Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained new accreditations for its forensic facilities in Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville.

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For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario — that Van Gogh was killed —

Forensic Expert Says Van Gogh was Murdered

November 18, 2014 1:53 pm | by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Vanity Fair | News | Comments

For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario — that Van Gogh was killed — only to find themselves under attack. Now, with the help of a leading forensic expert, the authors take their case a step further.

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The Organization for Scientific Area Committee has appointed Wayne Niemeyer to its Subcommittee on Gunshot Residue, one of five Scientific Area Committee areas focusing on Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis. Niemeyer is a senior research scientist for McCron

Scientist Appointed to National Forensic Science Standards Committee

November 18, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

The Organization for Scientific Area Committee has appointed Wayne Niemeyer to its Subcommittee on Gunshot Residue, one of five Scientific Area Committee areas focusing on Chemistry/Instrumental Analysis. Niemeyer is a senior research scientist for McCrone Associates, Inc., the analytical service division of The McCrone Group.

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