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#FF Newsletter ARCHIVE

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20 Jan 23

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Launch of #ForensicFridays

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Importance of publishing: Professor Bruce Budowle
East Africa News: Diploma in Mortuary Science

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27 Jan 23

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Introduction to DNA for Africa

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DNAforAfrica mission explained
Spotlight: Convicted offenders still not being sampled
Public Awareness Initiative: The Confident Scientist Outreach

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3 Feb 23

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Collaboration

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Global SAK Donation Project
Call to Action: No DNA, no release of offenders!

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10 Feb 23

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Dedication to survivors

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Podcast: The Queen of Crime tells her story (Nicole Engelbrecht)
Threesis academic challenge: Calling for African submissions
Event announcement: FIU 12th annual Forensic Science Symposium

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17 Feb 23

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Connectivity = Change

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Structured DNA profiling programme
Case study: DNA genealogy match leads to arrest in Idaho killings
SAK global donation project update

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24 Feb 23

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DNA legislation and oversight

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Launch: Virtual HIDS 2023
Convicted offender index: essential index on national DNA database
Panel Discusison Event

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3 Mar 23

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Informed consent

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Tips on informed consent by Prof. Bruce Budowle
Forensice Genetic Frequency Databasis Ethical Considerations Workshop Budapest, Event announcement:
Final call 10th ASFM in Kigali, Rwanda

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10 Mar 23

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Recap 10th ASFM Conference in Rwanda

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African Forensic Science Academy (AFSA): Launch announcement:
ASFM the story of a coconut, a mouse, and touch DNA
Truly African research: Scarification and tribal markings

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17 Mar 23

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Accreditation and regulation

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Zambia: The first forensic science regulator in Africa
To be, or not to be accredited: Opinion piece Vanessa Lynch
Chat with Guillermo Ortiz, Lead/Technical Assessor, ANAB, What is an ISO standard?

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24 Mar 23

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Reflection edition: In loving memory

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Launch: 3rd Forensic DNA Symposium 2023
DNA from Beethoven's hair reveals a suprise
Swabbing techniques for forensic DNA revoery: Help to inform standardisation of DNA collection protocols across casework

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31 Mar 23

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Truth is stranger than fiction

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Thabo Bester: Mind-boggling case of faked death and wrongly identified remains
Discussion on where to start when passing DNA laws and policy
Why pass DNA laws? A list of reasons

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7 Apr 23

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DNA as a silent witness

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Uncovering the past with DNA
FW: Filming at HIDS2023: Behind the scenes in Cairo

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14 Apr 23

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Forensic scientist experts in court

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Science in the judicial process: the expert's role and professional responsibilities
HPS: In the News: EuraDNA webinar on Forensic DNA Quality Assurance perspectives in EMEA
In the News: Arrest of Thabo Bester

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21 Apr 23

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Giving back to the community

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Takeaways from our panel discussion on expert testimony: How to communicate scientific evidence
HPS: Coming soon event announcement: Human Identification Solutions Conference (HIDS)
Event announcement #3 Forensic DNA Symposium

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28 Apr 23

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

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Protecting our little Angels
ICRC's new missing persons website
Keeping it in the family: Kinship analysis and familial searching

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5 May 23

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DNA for Africa accomplishments

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Advances in DNA: Benefits and challenges of next generation sequencing technologies
SAK donation project update to Zambia
12th Haploid Markers Conference, Event announcement

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12 May 23

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Role of media in reporting on forensic science

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Media workshop: reporting on forensic DNA profiing and forensic science in Africa
Spotlight on HIDS 2023

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26 May 23

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Travel update

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Forensic Databases Advisory Board (FDAB): Feedback from workshop held in Budapest
In the news this week in Africa: media workshop event announcement
Cost benefits for forensic laboratory resources

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2 Jun 23

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Student community

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ISO Standard: Crime Scene
Sisters in STEM: Donna-Lee Martin and Prof Laura Heathfield
Sisters in STEM: Amy-Leigh Whittaker

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9 Jun 23

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Prelude to #FDNAS

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Report back on the media event
DNA 'Face off' - challenges and opportunities of DNA for forensic facial imaging as an investigative tool
Persistence of Touch DNA for Analysis

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23 Jun 23

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Recap on #FDNAS

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Message from Dr Linda Naidoo and Stephen Fonseca: UNODC and ICRC event partners
Featuring our students posters: Shaping the future of forensics in Africa
#3FDNAS photo gallery

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21 Jul 23

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Sexual violence as a weapon of war

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Rape as a weapon of war: Join the Red Line Initiative
New forensic program in Cameroon
Self funded PHD opportunity

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28 Jul 23

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Obtaining forensic samples

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Enhancing forensic sample collection: Recommendations for essential equipment
Surreptitious DNA collection: to trash it or not to trash it
(eDNA) Environmental DNAanalysis: Should human eDNA be treated as 'abandoned' DNA?

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4 Aug 23

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Forensic DNA Policy Board

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A portal to access a DNA policy framework in Africa
Hot tip for CSIs: Capture more than what's on the swab
Forensics found: The Podcast recommendation

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11 Aug 23

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DNA and exoneration

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DNA and exoneration introduction to innocence projects
Recent exoneration, Wrongful conviction recommendation
Junk science

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18 Aug 23

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Social media - impact on justice

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Social media's impact on justice, the painful side of the double-edged sword
The integration of Law Enforcement and Technology, and using Social Media in the investigative toolkit
Survey: how is the Sydney Declaration impacting forensic science?

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25 Aug 23

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Investigatuve Genetic Genealogy (GG)

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Genetic Genealogy (GG) and its application in the justice system
BALANCING PRIVACY AND PUBLIC BENEFIT: LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS IN OPEN ACCESS GENOMICS DATABASES
DNA, latentprints, or perhaps both

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1 Sep 23

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Challenges of DNA / Burnt remains

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What DNA analysis techniques do forensic scientists employ to identify remains following a fire
New State-of-the-Art FSL in Africa
Exploring the Risk of Cognitive Bias

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8 Sep 23

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Addressing the Forensic DNA Policy Gap in Africa

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How interim DNA policies can make a difference in Africa
New Forensic Inst. in Rwanda
Free Crime Scene Resource for the DNA Toolkit

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15 Sep 23

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Expressing Our Heartfelt Condolences ...

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GLOBAL UPDATE

MOROCCO EARTHQUAKE AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
DNA HIT OF THE YEAR

SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR 2024
NATIONAL FORENSIC SCIENCE WEEK

CELEBRATING ACADEMICS

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29 Sep 23

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Stories of Courage...

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REFLECTIONS ON #ISHI34

FIRST-HAND INSIGHTS FROM DENVER, COLORADO
ACADEMIC INSIGHT

CRITICAL SKILLSET OF TOP CRIME SCENE EXAMINERS

GLOBAL HAPPENINGS

LIBYA FLOOD DISASTER & THE POTENTIAL OF DNA

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06 Oct 23

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Stories of Courage...

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'THE NOBODIES'

DNA IDENTIFICATION AMID A GLOBAL HEALTH CRISIS
EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

WORLD POLICE SUMMIT AWARDS, SASHG ARTICLE COMPETITION & FSF STUDENT TRAVEL GRANT
DNA CRUSADERS MAKING WAVES

MALAIKA, TUMI & VICTOR MAKE THE FORENSIC COMMUNITY PROUD

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13 Oct 23

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Birthday Edition

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|01 - REFLECTIONS ON A SEPTUAGENARIAN

70 AND STILL SOLVING MYSTERIES
WE HEARD IT ON THE DNA GRAPEVINE

MEETING IN MALTA
ACADEMIC INSIGHTS

UNLOCKING THE MISSING PIECES: DNA CONCERNS IN LTMP CASES

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20 Oct 23

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Putting the kind back...

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ARE YOU MY MOTHER?

ANCIENT DNA ANALYSIS OF EGYPTIAN HUMAN MUMMIES
WE HEARD IT ON THE DNA GRAPEVINE

UNCOVERING THE TRUTH & RISKING LIFE FOR DEATH
THE FORENSIC VISIONARY

SPOTLIGHT ON THIS WEEK'S #MVFJ FINALIST

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27 Oct 23

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We represent something much bigger...

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DNA HIT OF THE YEAR

LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT YOUR CASE
ARTICLES OF INTEREST

REVAMPING STR SEQUENCE NOMENCLATURE
UPCOMING DNA EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

ONLINE & IN-PERSON EVENTS

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03 Nov 23

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Is Mentorship the key...

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LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT YOUR CASE
ARTICLES OF INTEREST

FROM WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS TO LYSIS TECHNIQUES
#ASKtheProf!

CAN WE PRIORITISE THE SUBMISSIONS PLEASE?!

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17 Nov 23

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Dont Walk, Run!

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OPERATION IDENTIFY ME - INTERPOL'S I-FAMILIA DATABASE
LESSONS LEARNED

THE DANGER OF HIGH TESTING THRESHOLDS
ARTICLES OF INTEREST

THE MOST CONSISTENT FINDING IN FORENSIC SCIENCE IS INCONSISTENCY

OVERVIEW of Themes and Topics in #FF past editions

Ed.
Theme
Date
Link
Lead story
Story 2
Story 3
Story 4
Story 5
1
Launch of #ForensicFridays
20 Jan 23
https://shoutout.wix.com/so/53ONF987v?languageTag=en
Importance of publishing: Professor Bruce Budowle
Spotlight: Human trafficking
East Africa News: Diploma in Mortuary Science
CSI Pearl Afia Dansowaa, Forensic DNA investigator, Ghana
2
Introduction to DNA for Africa
27 Jan 23
https://shoutout.wix.com/so/adONpB5sx?languageTag=en
DNAforAfrica mission explained
Map Project: of DNA Progress in Africa
Spotlight: Convicted offenders still not being sampled
Public Awareness Initiative: The Confident Scientist Outreach
Mbali Shongwe, Change Advocate, SA
3
Collaboration
3 Feb 23
https://shoutout.wix.com/so/f1OON0CoS?languageTag=en
Global SAK Donation Project
Event announcement: HIDS 2023
Call to Action: No DNA, no release of offenders!
Jennifer Degner, SANE, Texas
4
Dedication to survivors
10 Feb 23
https://shoutout.wix.com/so/f1ONP5oCQ?languageTag=en
Podcast: The Queen of Crime tells her story (Nicole Engelbrecht)
Tips on "How to" get published shared by Prof. Bruce Budowle
Threesis academic challenge: Calling for African submissions
Event announcement: FIU 12th annual Forensic Science Symposium
Victor Omondi, Forensic Scientist, Kenya
5
Connectivity = Change
17 Feb 23
https://shoutout.wix.com/so/a7OPF5WuC?languageTag=en
Structured DNA profiling programme
Warrior Woman: Adv. Bonnie Currie-Gwamo
Case study: DNA genealogy match leads to arrest in Idaho killings
SAK global donation project update
Dr Uwom Eze, ASFM President, Nigeria
6
DNA legislation and oversight
24 Feb 23
https://shoutout.wix.com/so/c4OPpWOhp?languageTag=en
Launch: Virtual HIDS 2023
DNA backlog reduction promotes justice
Convicted offender index: essential index on national DNA database
Panel Discusison Event
Dr Aaron Amankwaa, Forensic Biometrics and Genetics Researcher
7
Informed consent
3 Mar 23
https://shoutout.wix.com/so/bfOPvnnUH?languageTag=en
Tips on informed consent by Prof. Bruce Budowle
Informed consent in practice: UCT academic research
Forensice Genetic Frequency Databasis Ethical Considerations Workshop Budapest, Event announcement:
Final call 10th ASFM in Kigali, Rwanda
Prof Marion Mutugi
8
Recap 10th ASFM Conference in Rwanda
10 Mar 23
https://shoutout.wix.com/so/09OQn35Wd?languageTag=en
African Forensic Science Academy (AFSA): Launch announcement:
How genetics also helps support gorilla conservation
ASFM the story of a coconut, a mouse, and touch DNA
Truly African research: Scarification and tribal markings
Dr Grace Midigo, Pathologist
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Accreditation and regulation
17 Mar 23
https://shoutout.wix.com/so/65ORUhsJw?languageTag=en
Zambia: The first forensic science regulator in Africa
Case study: Henri van Breda trial
To be, or not to be accredited: Opinion piece Vanessa Lynch
Chat with Guillermo Ortiz, Lead/Technical Assessor, ANAB, What is an ISO standard?
Innocent Makasa, Zambia
10
Reflection edition: In loving memory
24 Mar 23
https://shoutout.wix.com/so/06OS4dLDG?languageTag=en
Launch: 3rd Forensic DNA Symposium 2023
Why mass burials are not recommended for mass disasters
DNA from Beethoven's hair reveals a suprise
Swabbing techniques for forensic DNA revoery: Help to inform standardisation of DNA collection protocols across casework
John Lynch
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