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compiled by Jon Stimac
Police Hail Fingerprint Scanner as Vital in Crime Fight –
THE SCOTSMAN, UK - Feb
10, 2005 ...portable units
will enable officers to identify potential suspects and access
criminal history while on patrol...
Agency to Hire Fingerprint Expert –
WHITTIER DAILY NEWS, TX - Feb 10, 2005
...tired of waiting weeks for investigators to
process fingerprints, the city is turning to outside help...
'Dolly' Scientist Gets Human Cloning License –
AOL NEWS - Feb 9, 2005
...cloning human embryos and extracting stem cells to unravel the
mysteries of muscle-wasting illnesses...
Let Your Fingers do the Talking on the Internet –
MIAMI HERALD, FL - FEB 8, 2005
...introduced fingerprint readers
will let you slip your finger onto a small oval every time a request
In April of 2002, the IAI and West Virginia University sponsored the Chicago
Fingerprint Forum, a meeting held to identify and define several research
initiatives. One such initiative that was identified and reported in the Detail
46 had to do with a sourcebook for friction ridge examinations:
Chicago Fingerprint Forum – Recommendations
April 29-30, 2002
This forum recognizes the reliability of friction ridge identification as
practiced during the last 100 years. As scientists, we encourage education of
the judiciary and the general public on the existing theoretical and empirical
foundations of friction ridge impression evidence. In addition, we encourage
continued scientific research, and collaboration with the larger scientific
community, to further investigate and strengthen those foundations.
1. Scientific Research/Study – Friction Ridge Impressions
An initial project should take the form of the generation and publication of a
sourcebook for friction ridge examinations, which would provide educational,
training, and research resources for the international scientific community.
This week, SWGFAST is distributing the call for authors for this publication:
Request for Chapter Authors for the Friction Ridge Sourcebook
Section 1 - General Information
The Friction Ridge Sourcebook is a joint project between the Scientific Working
Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study, and Technology (SWGFAST) and the West
Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative (FSI). Although fingerprints
have been used as evidence in criminal and civil cases since the early 1900s,
there is no single authority or sourcebook that describes fingerprint history,
morphology, methodology, guidelines, latent print procedures, AFIS, legal
admissibility, and standard terminology.
A project director under the direction of a research coordinator will manage a
team of editors, authors, and student research assistants to compile a
comprehensive review of the literature and source materials into a single
electronic publication. Experts in specific fields of the fingerprint science
will draft individual chapters or portions of chapters that will be supported by
bibliographical references that have been gathered by research assistants. The
Sourcebook is intended to become the leading written authority on the science of
fingerprints. It will be distributed to universities, law enforcement agencies,
forensic laboratories, and to individual practitioners.
Section II - Proposal Specifications
The Project Director, Editor, and WVU Research Coordinator will select
individuals from throughout the scientific community to serve as an Editorial
Review Board in support of this initiative. The following additional positions
Chapter authors will be responsible for the completion of a single chapter of
the manuscript. Chapter authors may use coauthors to assist with chapters that
are very large or complex.
Section III – Proposed Chapters
The following is a list of proposed friction ridge topics for the Sourcebook:
Background and History
Physiology and Morphology
Processing (Developmental Enhancement)
Suggestions for additional topics will be considered by the Editorial Review
Section IV – Technical Requirements
The Project Director and Editor will make formal assignments to chapter authors
and research assistants. Deadlines will be imposed to ensure that materials are
forwarded in sufficient time to allow for comprehensive review, critique, and
edit by the Editorial Review Board and the Editor.
Each Chapter Author will establish the content for the assigned chapter(s) and
provide a general outline of his or her assigned chapter. Suggestions for
modification or additional content may be provided by the Editorial Review
Board. The Chapter Author may issue a list of research tasks for assignment to
the West Virginia University student research assistants. Completed assignments
will be returned to the author for review. All sources that are located by
research assistants will be entered into the bibliography for the Sourcebook.
Original sources that require review by the authors will be scanned and
transmitted electronically to the author. Electronic copies of original source
references will be included on the CD when copyright laws permit.
Chapter Authors will submit completed chapters to the Sourcebook Editor for
review and critique by the Editorial Review Board. Chapters that require
additional research or rewrites may be sent back to the authors.
Because a commitment to the timely completion of these chapters is an essential
part of assuming the role of Chapter Author, a stipend will be offered to
The administration and publishing of this project is funded under a grant by the
National Institute for Justice. The Sourcebook Editor is Alan McRoberts, the
Project Director is Frank Fitzpatrick, and the West Virginia University Research
Coordinator and grant administrator is Max M. Houck.
Those interested in being Chapter Authors should indicate their interest by
March 15, 2005 to:
Alan McRoberts, Sourcebook Editor
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