Tagged: news

Are all drownings accidental? Are too many fires arson? - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Mar 18, 2013

What if not all drownings are accidental?  An ABC article asks this question and raises some interesting points about how investigators deal with bodies found on land and those found in water. “Bodies found in water are treated very differently from bodies found on land, for example there is not a county in this country (read more) … Read More

Teina Pora case: funding case re-investigations - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Mar 14, 2013

You may or may not have seen 3rd Degree’s programme last night about the case of Teina Pora, a south Auckland boy imprisoned in 1994 for rape and murder, the former that DNA testing shows he did not commit and, after a retrial in 2000, for murder based on confessions. There has been comment about (read more) … Read More

Standards and Codes for forensic scientists - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Feb 26, 2013

A short blog post, this one.  The US Department of Justice is setting up a commission that will establish standards, a professional code and educational requirements for forensic scientists.  Presumably this would mean that a Bachelors degree in forensic science and European film won’t make the muster (a degree which has apparently been offered in (read more) … Read More

Clarification: launching a charity this year - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Feb 04, 2013

An article in the paper at the weekend indicated that I am launching a charity this year.  Just to clarify, this is not exactly the case.  What I have discussed with some senior academics and criminal legal system colleagues is possibly establishing an organisation that may consider, amongst other legal issues, potential miscarriage of justice (read more) … Read More

Welcome to Pictures of Numbers - Pictures of Numbers

Mike Dickison Feb 01, 2013

I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to write about scientific data presentation here at New Zealand Sciblogs—I hope these weekly posts will be as useful for you as your comments and feedback will be for me. What is Pictures of Numbers? I’m interested in the practicalities of visually communicating scientific data. Years of academic training favours people who are … Read More

Christchurch Medical School reopens after two years of closure due to earthquakes - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 28, 2013

Today the University of Otago announced that their Christchurch base is open again.* Although their article article talks of the medical students, the school is also home to several research teams. These research teams have been displaced all over the city over the past two years that the building was closed … Read More

Congratulations Professor Roy Kerr - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 19, 2012

News out today is that Professor Kerr, an Emeritus Professor at the University of Canterbury, is to be presented the 2013 Albert Einstein Award, given by the Albert Einstein Society in Switzerland for ‘to deserving individuals for outstanding scientific findings, works, or publications related to Albert Einstein’. Previous Einstein Award winners … Read More