On December 1, 2017, the Commission released its Sixth Annual Report covering Commission activities from December 1, 2016 through November 30, 2017.
The Commission recently hired a Senior Scientific Advisor, D. Jody Koehler, to assist the Commission and its staff in the technical aspects of the Commission's investigative, accreditation and licensing programs. Koehler has over 18 years of experience as a forensic biologist, including work as a DNA Technical Leader, DNA Section Manager, and Laboratory Manager. She currently serves as a lead assessor for the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board as well. Koehler is a member of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors and the American Association of Forensic DNA Analysts and Administrators and has authored publications on validation and analysis of forensic casework. The Commission looks forward to having Koehler's in-house expertise beginning November 1, 2017 in support of its commitment to improving the integrity and reliability of forensic analysis in Texas.
The Commission published it's fifth annual report on December 1, 2016. To download a copy, please click the link below.
For a copy of the Governor's announcement and biographies for each of the appointees, click here.
To view the TDCAA article regarding the change, click HERE.
Galveston County District Attorney Receives Prosecutor of the Year Award for Role in Resolving DNA Mixture Issues in Texas
Access the TDCAA article HERE.
Drs. Bieber, Buckleton, Budowle, Butler, and Coble publish Evaluation of Forensic DNA Mixture Evidence: Protocol for Evaluation, Interpretation, and Statistical Calculations Using the Combined Probability of Inclusion in BioMed Central
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SWGDAM recently released new mixture interpretation guidelines. To download a copy of the guidelines, please click HERE.