Improving Forensic Science: An Interview with Kevin Lothridge of the NFSTC

NFSTC Medicolegal death investigation students survey and document a mock death scene as part of their final project.

Jan Burke and DP Lyle interview Kevin Lothridge about a fantastic resource for those who want to better understand forensic science: the National Forensic Science Technology Center.  Learn more about the role the center plays in building tools for forensic science providers and training them in the U.S. and internationally. Discover the role it played in establishing NamUs. Find out how you can benefit from the educational efforts of the NFSTC.

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About the NFSTC:

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Largo, Florida. Founded in 1995, NFSTC provides quality forensic services including biometrics and forensic science training, assessment, test and evaluation services, instructional design and support to the military, justice and forensic science communities.

Kevin Lothridge

Kevin Lothridge

 

About Kevin Lothridge:

Kevin Lothridge is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Forensic Science Technology Center. NFSTC’s principal investigator, Mr. Lothridge is an accomplished forensic scientist and business leader with 28 years of experience in the international forensics industry. He has held positions as a forensic chemist, chief forensic chemist, and laboratory director for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department and the Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory. Mr. Lothridge has testified in court more than 50 times as an expert in controlled substances and fire debris analysis. He speaks at numerous professional conferences, and he co-authored the GC-MS Guide to Ignitable Liquids. In 2006-07, he led the development of the Expeditionary Analysis Center project for the Department of Defense, now used for training and tactical field forensics.
Mr. Lothridge holds a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in Management from National Louis University. He has served as president of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) and as acting chief of the Investigative and Forensic division of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).

 

 

NFSTC students use alternate light sources to examine evidence and located biological stains

NFSTC student practices techniques to accurately photograph a fingerprint on a cell phone.

Realistic exercises provide the opportunity to get hands-on with newly learned skills.

Realistic exercises provide the opportunity to get hands-on with newly learned skills.

Links:

NFSTC website: www.nfstc.org

Forensic Science Simplified: www.forensicsciencesimplified.org

NFSTC Twitter: www.twitter.com/nfstc

NFSTC Facebook: www.facebook.com/nfstc

NFSTC Youtube: www.youtube.com/thenfstc

NAS Study on Forensic Science (can be read free) http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12589

NamUs, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System: http://www.namus.gov

All photographs above courtesy of the National Forensic Science Technology Center and used by permission.

2 thoughts on “Improving Forensic Science: An Interview with Kevin Lothridge of the NFSTC

  1. I just want to let Jan Burke know that I very much enjoyed her novel “The Messenger”. The only thing I know about forensic stuff is when I read something from Patricia Cornwell. I’ve noticed that authors who own dogs, like to include them in their books. (like Dean Koontz) Thanks again for writing “The Messenger.”

    • Thank you, Lynelle! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Shade and Tyler make another appearance in a short story, “Little Birds” in the ebook Tried. I hope to write about their world again soon.

      Jan

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