By Karen OKeefe

Courtesy of The Town Courier Owen Lang, senior applications manager with Foster + Freeman, demonstrates an LED light source inside the deployable forensic laboratory at Forensic@NIST 2012, held Nov. 28–30. Courtesy of The Town Courier

The sprawling federal campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a geographic donut hole in the heart of Gaithersburg, Md. Getting from one side of the city to another often requires driving around NIST’s campus.

For those who do not work at NIST, it is home to buildings seen only at great distances. The grounds support a healthy population of perpetually grazing, unusual-looking deer — and several gaggles of geese.

The campus is closed to the general public. However, during Forensics@NIST 2012, a symposium held Nov. 28–30, members of the media were invited to attend and get an inside look at the work that goes on beyond the entrance gates of this government organization.

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Source: The Town Courier