Forensic Science Education through RTI

The Center for Forensic Sciences at RTI International supports the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Victims of Crime and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in developing and delivering online education for forensic scientists and managers.

Although frequently unable to attend regional or national meetings, practicing forensic professionals must stay current with best practices in their fields. RTI's online courses give forensic professionals access to a wide variety of subject matters with impressive depth and applicability. Each instruction module contains approximately one hour of instructional content and is delivered on-line to facilitate course attendance and completion. The rich content courses are delivered in a live setting, in addition to on-demand, self-paced instruction. Upon completion, attendees receive a certificate of completion.  Where appropriate, RTI's courses are accredited.

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Forensic Science Continuing Education Tracks at West Virginia University

The Forensic Science Initiative program is completely online, and offers a number of courses for professionals working in forensic toxicology.  Courses include Fundamentals of Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Mass Spectrometry, Perspectives in Expert Testimony and Ethics in Forensic Science.

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International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management – Detection, Measurement and Mitigation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is planning to host the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management: Detection, Measurement and Mitigation from July 20-24, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Organizers are planning the meeting around several tracks:

  • Criminalistics and Digital Evidence;
  • Legal and Human Factors;
  • Crime Scene and Death Investigation; and
  • Lab Management and Quality Assurance.

The symposium will consist of combined plenary sessions and breakout lectures, poster sessions and panel discussions.

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Borkenstein Drug Course
September 14-18, 2015
Tempe, AZ

The Borkenstein Drug Course covers topics related to the pharmacology of drugs and their effects on psychomotor performance and driving. This program has been growing in popularity since it was started in 2002, and has drawn attendees from more than forty states. The 2015 course will also include an overview of psychometric tests of human factors and abilities that make up the five "domains" of cognitive and psychomotor skills needed for safe driving. In addition, the course now features expanded time for discussion of best practices for analytical laboratories, accreditation, and scope of testing. The class will feature the latest information on practices for scope and sensitivity of testing in DUID  cases, surveyed by the National Safety Council.

This September, the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education presents its symposium on the effects of drugs on human performance and behavior. The program is designed to supplement the training offered by other groups such as, SOFT and AAFS, with ideas and strategies for enforcement, and for documenting and trying drug impaired driving cases.

For more information, visit the Borkenstein Website.