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2015 SAFEta Webinar Series: Title IX for Forensic Nurses
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time: 2 PM to 3:30PM EASTERN TIME
This 90-minute webinar will introduce participants to Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments and help them understand how forensic nurses might be called upon during schools’ sexual misconduct proceedings.
Why flies may be the future of forensic science
We still know very little about the insect species that colonise a cadaver. But the latest published study from Sibyl Bucheli's lab at Sam Houston State University, Texas, suggests they are far more diverse than we had previously imagined.
The study was led by Bucheli's former PhD student Natalie Lindgren, who placed four cadavers on the Huntsville body farm in 2009 and left them out for a year.
Forensic scientist finds a way to separate DNA of identical twins in a crime scene
In January 2009, a heist was staged in Kaufhaus des Westens, a luxurious seven-story department store universally known as KaDeWe and a prominent Berlin landmark. Jewellery worth $6.8 million was stolen and the surveillance camera caught three masked thieves getting away from the scene of crime, outsmarting the security systems. DNA evidence found from a drop of sweat on a latex glove discarded in the crime scene was analyzed and they got two hits.
Driving the bus of your nursing career
By Keith Carlson
In our nursing careers, we can often feel buffeted by winds over which we feel little control. We can feel like we "should" do this or that, make choices that others feels are best for us, or take paths that feel prescribed for us, not chosen by us. This career paradigm can indeed feel uncomfortable. Your career is like a long bus ride that begins when you graduate from nursing school. In school, you were likely told that you "should" get a med-surg job immediately, as well as other things that your professors said were paramount to launching your career.
Sweden's Supreme Court rejects Julian Assange's sexual-assault appeal
Sweden’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to revoke an arrest warrant regarding allegations of sexual assault.
The order was originally brought by Swedish prosecutors in 2010 following allegations Assange raped one woman and assaulted another. The 43-year-old has always denied the claims, insisting the encounters were consensual, reports Agence France-Presse.
M-Vac is sucking up DNA evidence needed to catch criminals
After a crime is committed, the search for justice can be frustrating and often devastating for victims. Now, a new forensics tool developed and produced in Utah is helping investigators crack cases that might have gone unsolved and unpunished.
West Jordan Police Department senior crime scene investigator Francine Bardole describes the M-Vac system this way, "It saturates into the pores, into the material so that any skin cells that have been embedded into this porous surface will be able to be extracted."
Study: Young women wait too long to report rape
Adolescents who have been raped often wait more than a week before reporting it. This has implications for both the medical well being of the victim and the forensic investigation of the police.
This is according to study conducted by the National Psychological Trauma Center at the University Medical Center in Utrecht. The study was done among 323 female rape victims between the ages of 12 and 25 years.
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Bill to fund rape exams with unclaimed gambling winnings passes Louisiana House, heads to Senate
Members of the Louisiana House of Representatives on May 11 unanimously passed a bill that would create a way to pay for forensic medical exams for rape victims using unclaimed gambling winnings. In combination with a partner proposal, it would effectively end the practice of hospitals billing patients for those services.
Campus sexual assault reports are up. Don't panic.
The rate of sexual assault reports on campus has skyrocketed in the past five years, nearly doubling in number, according to the U.S. Department of Education. In response to a request from Sen. Barbara Boxer's office, the department provided details on their numbers, which increased from 3,264 in 2009 to 6,016 in 2013.
Despite DNA, the rapist got away
The New York Times
Natasha, 14, had just gotten off the school bus after ninth-grade basketball practice one evening and was walking home on a quiet street beside a creek. When she heard footsteps behind her, she thought it was one of her classmates.
Instead, it was a man who grabbed her and threw her over a fence into a wooded area beside the creek.
FBI hair errors call convictions into question
Before DNA testing became the gold standard in forensic science, hair analysis was often a prosecutor's trump card.
Developed by the FBI's vaunted crime lab, microscopic hair analysis — comparing a hair found at a crime scene with one from a criminal defendant — as described in polished, confident testimony by an FBI hair analyst, could seal a guilty verdict.
Summit County students, parents organize screening of documentary about campus rape
For the third time in as many weeks a small group of Summit County high school students and parents gathered in a Frisco house to watch a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses.
Friday, May 8, marked Summit High School senior Marlo Provorse’s second time watching “The Hunting Ground,” a film that addresses the epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses.
Washington best state for nurses; Louisiana the worst
For the second year in a row, a state in the Pacific Northwest ranks as the best in the country for nurses, while a state in the South ranks as the worst, according to new research from the finance site WalletHub.
The release of this year's rankings coincides with National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6-12 and celebrates "the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients," according to the American Nurses Association.
UT, LMU pair to improve time-since-death estimates
Knoxville News Sentinel
When police turn to forensic anthropologists for answers, there are three questions they ask first about identifying a body.
NFL's top draft pick files counterclaim in sexual assault suit
Theus taking an aggressive stance off the field. The Tampa bay buccaneers rookie quarterback dogged by allegations he sexually assaulted a student in 2012 now filing a countersuit against his accuser, Erica kinsman.
Study reveals new forensic fingerprint possibilities
Analysis of fingerprint images may in future reveal more than a suspect’s identity, thanks to research by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, with recent substances they have handled also apparent from scans.
A NIST study published in Analytical Chemistry magazine found that advanced spectroscopy can detect and measure tiny flecks of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin in a fingerprint whorl.
Kenya gets forensic lab to help fight wildlife crime
Scientists at the forensic and genetics laboratory at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters in Nairobi will be able to analyse and genetically trace seized items such as elephant ivory or rhino horn in order to provide more compelling evidence in court cases. Construction of the 60 million facility has taken nearly three years. Tanzania opened a similar lab at a college in Moshi in 2013 to provide training in forensic science.
Child protection laws could create a new 'stolen generation', warns forensic psychologist
New child protection laws that will curtail the power of the Children's Court risk creating a new "stolen generation", the forensic psychologist who is the head of the Children's Court Clinic has warned.
Speaking at a public forum organized by the Law Institute of Victoria, Dr. Patricia Brown also accused the Department of Health and Human Services of working together with non-government organizations to oppose the Children's Court.
5 reasons to choose nursing as a second career
Business 2 Community
The days when people were expected to have just one career throughout their lives are over. Today, many people succeed at two or more careers, changing tracks as circumstances change throughout their lives. Maybe your first career choice isn’t as satisfying as you believed it would be, or you’re struggling to find regular work in your chosen first career. If that sounds like you, it may be time to consider switching career tracks.
Ajax forensic artist combines art and science to solve mysteries of the missing
One evening in March of 1995, a young man left his south Florida residence and stepped into oblivion. Phillip John Koss, then 24, a talented violinist and a recent university graduate, had been battling mental health issues, including depression. His car was found a week later in Sarasota, about 75 miles to the north.
Phillip Koss vanished without a trace, leaving behind a bewildered family.
Criminals beware! In forensics, your poo could be your 'fingerprint'
Agence France-Presse via BizNews
A person’s gut bacteria and colony of microbes in the body and on the skin may be a unique identifier, much like a fingerprint, researchers say.
The study led by Harvard University is the first to investigate how identifiable people are based on their bacteria, which vary substantially based on age, diet, geographic location and health.
Homicide Prevention: Nonfatal Strangulation Training
Forensic Healthcare Consulting
The purpose of the training is to enable the learner to gain knowledge of strangulation injuries as a lethal form of violence, and improve identification and documentation of these injuries.
Nurses agree on EHR benefits, vary on shortcomings, survey finds
While most nurses believe that electronic health records help to improve patient safety, they are split about whether EHRs reduce duplicative work or increase time with patients, according to a survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics for EHR vendor Allscripts, Health Data Management reports.
HIMSS Analytics received survey responses from more than 600 nurses.
The education department has a huge backlog of sexual assault investigations that's still growing
The Huffington Post
Two new reports show the U.S. Department of Education has been hit with a massive increase in complaints about schools' handling of sexual violence over the last few years. Meanwhile, the number of staff in the department's Office for Civil Rights has been dropping. The predictable result: a growing backlog of cases.
"We are standing a bit in front of the fire hose," Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights at the Education Department, told HuffPost.
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