Microtrace Scientists at NIST/OSAC Meeting

This week (July 9-12, 2019) OSAC (Organization for Scientific Area Committees), will hold its annual Forensic Science meetings in Orlando, Florida. OSAC works in conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to coordinate the development of standards and guidelines in order to improve the quality and consistency of the forensic science community’s work.

Several Microtrace scientists will attend the meetings in order to advise and collaborate on the development of new scientific standards. Four Microtrace scientists are members of OSAC: Skip Palenik (Geological Materials Subcommittee), Ethan Groves, (Geological Materials Subcommittee),  Dr. Christopher Palenik (Materials (Trace) Subcommittee), and Jason Beckert (Fire debris and explosives analysis (FD&E) Subcommittee Affiliate). Microtrace scientists have served on various subcommittees of OSAC since the committee’s inception.


OSAC is providing a framework for long-term coordination across forensic science disciplines and is part of NIST’s commitment to support forensic science through an initiative launched in partnership with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in February 2013. As part of this effort, the DOJ established a new National Commission on Forensic Science in January 2014 to provide policy guidance to the U.S. Attorney General and help set priorities for standards development.

As a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. To learn more about NIST, visit here. To learn more about NIST’s efforts with forensic science, visit here.

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