Advances in Forensic Anthropology – Technology Transition Workshop at NFSTC
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in conjunction with the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC), is sponsoring a series of workshops designed to help facilitate the transition of novel technologies into practice by operational forensic facilities. These Technology Transition Workshops, which highlight technologies developed under the NIJ’s forensic science research and development programs, are a critical component of NIJ’s research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E) efforts. Learn more
Discovery and Recovery Workshops
The Program’s first major activity was in 2005 which brought the nationally acclaimed five-day workshop Bugs, Bones & Botany ® to North Carolina State University . This patented course developed by forensic entomologist Dr. Jason Byrd is designed to provide instruction to investigators in the proper documentation, collection and preservation of entomological, anthropological, and botanical evidence.
For more concerning the workshop visit the following site: Discovery and Recovery Workshops
Forensic Image Processing and Analysis Workshop
Images contain vital forensic information whether the image is a crime scene photograph, captured from surveillance video, or laboratory evidence documentation. Extracting relevant and accurate information from images using computer software requires an understanding of the tools and methods and is best learned by hands-on experience. This 4-day workshop will provide attendees with the techniques (and experience in their use) suitable for application to forensic images. Using commercially available software such as Adobe Photoshop® as well as state-of-the-art techniques, and working with a collection of representative images (as well as being invited to bring their own), students will learn how to process photographs to enhance the visibility of important details, isolate objects for measurement of size, shape and position, accurately determine distances, and more. Attention is also given to courtroom presentation of photographic evidence, emphasizing documentation, consistency, clarity of explanations, and compatibility with Daubert rules of evidence.
Forensic Photography Workshop
Photography is an integral part of any investigation. The photographs captured in a case are reviewed and studied for new information for years. If the photographs are not captured, processed, handled and stored properly the outcome of the case may be permanently compromised. Today’s digital cameras, with a variety of menus and settings, require significant training to get the most appropriate images. The post processing of photographs once they have been captured and transferred to a computer require even more training to get the most out of the image data. How to properly photograph a crime scene, how to handle those difficult lighting situations, and how to appropriately prepare photographs for presentation in court are all techniques that will be presented in this three day forensic photographic workshop. Training will consist of morning classroom instruction and afternoon hands-on workshop providing an opportunity to put the morning’s lessons into practice. This course is instructed by Gary Knight, an adjunct instructor for NC State College of Textiles, retired Wake City-County Bureau of Identification field agent and former SBI agent.
Faculty and graduate students provide K-12 outreach programs.
CSI Summer Camp
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences and North Carolina State University co-hosted a CSI Summer Camp for Middle School students at the Brier Creek Campus of the Montessori School of Raleigh.
Learn more about CSI Summer Camps and check out the CSI Summer Camp Video.