Anyone who’s been reading our Forensic News Daily electronic newsletter can tell you that we’re facing constant changes in forensics. The New Mexico Court of Appeals decision in State v. Gonzales has once again redefined the application of the confrontation clause; new types of designer drugs are flooding the toxicology scene; and advancements in DNA technology (including Rapid DNA and small sample analysis techniques) are changing the dynamic of what types of samples can be processed and where.
With each issue of Forensic Magazine we try to address some of these issues bringing you insight into the changes coming your way. In this issue Tim Kupferschmid explores the potential of forensic phenotyping to develop a physical description of a suspect from a mere DNA sample. While this technology may be a few years in coming, the Rapid DNA technologies Chris Asplen discusses in “The DNA Connection” are already looming.
Our two articles on new crime lab projects highlight the move toward sustainable, scalable, and even more welcoming forensic facilities. Budget restrictions may actually be a catalyst for progress in facility design with city planners and facility designers looking for ways to maximize space while reducing resource requirements (and therefore costs). Our insight into Washington D.C.’s Consolidated Forensic Laboratory is a prelude to an even closer look provided at The Evidence Conference to be held October 1–2, 2012, where we offer a facility tour to attendees.
The Evidence Conference will also feature talks from some of our most popular columnists and frequent contributors on the topics that matter to you. Thanks to your excellent survey feedback, we’ve been able to put together an impressive agenda covering the most pressing issues in the crime lab, crime scene, and digital forensics. Check out the agenda on the conference Web site: www.theevidenceconference.com.
Forensic Magazine is much more than just a print product delivered to your office every other month, it is a community. As such, I encourage you to become involved in our community. Post your comments, interesting news items, and suggestions on our LinkedIn page, or e-mail me with your topic suggestions, article ideas, and thoughts (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’m always on the lookout for new ways to help you stay on top of the ever-changing forensic landscape!