CSFS conferences vary in their quality and content but this year is looking pretty good. For example, the keynote speaker is Dr. Claude Roux whose presentation is entitled ‘Will Forensic Science Reach the End of the Crossroads Soon?’ That’s a tremendous question. How would you answer it? Dr. Roux is sure to have an interesting perspective to share with us. Read more
On October 23, 2016 we lost a very good friend, long-time colleague, and mentor — Dr. Bryan Found. His passing came as a great shock and it has taken some time to process this new reality.
Bryan was truly a great guy and I considered him to be a very good friend. I was fortunate to attend many of his lectures and workshops over the years. Bryan had a unique approach to forensic science. In my opinion his insights and knowledge were unequalled. In recent years I also had the honour and privilege of working with him on various projects.
The expression “better late than never” applies to this post. Over the span of two days in June 2013 the Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis (MSSFHA) conference was held. It explored the (then) current state of forensic handwriting analysis, aka, forensic handwriting examination (FHE). Presentations varied in content but most discussed recent advancements in measurement science and quantitative analyses as it relates to FHE.
The conference was organized by NIST’s Law Enforcement Standards Office (OLES) in collaboration with the AAFS — Questioned Document Section, the ABFDE, the ASQDE, the FBI Laboratory, the NIJ and SWGDOC.