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NIST Webcast on New Forensic Scientific Area Committees Set for Feb. 18, 2014

February 14, 2014

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Contact: Linda Joy

The NIST forensics science team is holding a public presentation and live webcast on its new Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting in Seattle, Feb. 18, 2014, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. PST.

The establishment of OSAC is a result of a NIST and Department of Justice memorandum of understanding signed last year with the aim of improving standards and practices in forensic science laboratories. 

NIST envisions uniform administration of development, promulgation and adoption of standards through the OSAC as well as supporting communication flow between the scientific area committees and the forensic science community. The intent is to bring structure, scientific rigor and increased communication among forensic scientists, research scientists, academicians, statisticians, attorneys, managers and quality assurance specialists.

The presentation will take place at the Washington State Convention Center, Ballroom 6C, Seattle, Wash.


5:00 to 5:10: Introduction – Mark Stolorow
5:10 to 5:15: Background – Rich Cavanagh
5:15 to 5:30: Notice of Inquiry Responses – Susan Ballou
5:30 to 6:00: OSAC Plan – Barbara Guttman and John Butler
6:00 to 6:15: OSAC Membership – John Paul Jones II
6:15 to 7:00: Questions

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Webcast Link: http://psav.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/8e65ad3f9958440b8eab9da0831e3b1d1d

Important notes about Live Webcast:

This webcast will be streamed from Mediasite by sonicfoundry, individuals logging in from personal computers/laptops may need to:

  • Install Microsoft Silverlight prior to logging on – this is needed in order to view the program.
  • If any participants use Safari on Mavericks, they will need to disable plugins power saver option. That should be turned off so that it does not prevent the media player from loading.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting attendees are encouraged to visit the NIST booth (#130-132) in the meeting exhibit hall. See more information on the exhibit web page.