In This Issue
What's New?
Did You Know?
What Do You Think?
In the News: North America
In the News: International
Articles of Interest

Quick Links

STaCS DNA Website

Follow us on Twitter @stacsdna 
About Us
STaCS DNA delivers the only sample management software designed specifically for DNA labs. For 13 years, we've helped DNA database and casework labs accelerate throughput, prevent errors, cut costs, improve data quality and meet accreditation standards. The FBI, RCMP, US Army and DNA labs of all sizes rely on STaCS DNA.
Why are we called STaCS DNA? "Sample Tracking and Control Systems" for DNA - What we do is in our name!

As a forensic DNA lab professional, you face the challenge of doing more with less while upholding strict scientific and legal standards. We get it. I'd like to welcome you to the first edition of DNA Dispatch. We plan to share information and tools focused on productivity and accountability to help you and your lab be as effective as possible.
We don't want this to be one way. I invite you to use the links to the left to share your thoughts and feedback with us.
Jocelyn Tremblay
President and Chief Operating Officer
What's New?
Check out two new videos:
  • Is your DNA lab ready for growth?
  • Maximizing productivity in
    DNA labs: Four critical factors
It's worth the five-minute investment! We'll be posting new videos regularly.
Did You Know?
Selects STaCS-CW Enterprise™ for its mitochondrial DNA laboratory
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has selected STaCS DNA software for managing sample processing in its Mitochondrial DNA Unit (mtDNAU). STaCS DNA is the only provider of DNA sample processing software to the FBI, as the company's software has previously been selected for its Nuclear DNA Unit (nDNAU) as well as for its Federal DNA Database unit (FDDU).
What Do You Think?
We want to understand the challenges and opportunities facing your lab. We are planning a brief survey and would love your input. Look for an invitation to participate in early February.
Come see us at:
American Academy of Forensic Science Annual Meeting (AAFS
February 17-22, 2014
Seattle, WA
This week we exhibited at: 
Society of Laboratory Automation and Screening
(SLAS 2014)
January 18-22, 2014
San Diego, CA
In the News: North America
Experts Named to First-ever National  
Commission on Forensic Science - DOJ
The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced appointments to a newly created National Commission on Forensic Science.
NIJ's Sentinel Events Initiative:  
Looking Back to Look Forward - NIJ
Can - and should - the criminal justice system implement a non-blaming, forward-thinking, all-stakeholders approach to improving criminal justice outcomes?
Rape Kit Backlog Still a Problem 
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney says more federal funding is needed
DNA Analysis Helps Solve Lesser Crimes 
Twenty years ago, DNA was reserved for homicides and maybe some sexual assaults. But not anymore.
City Sexual Assault Lab Work Slows 
Turnaround time for DNA analysis in sex-assault cases in New York City has increased four-fold in five years
In the News: International
Hundreds of rape allegations dismissed by police will be examined by law experts in a new Scotland Yard bid to catch more offenders and encourage victims to come forward.
Articles of Interest
RapidDNA Technology to Revolutionize
Arrestee Screening - Evidence Technology Magazine  
The latest advance in DNA testing will revolutionize how arrestees are screened during the booking process.
Employee Rivalry: Deal with It! 5 Tips
for Managing Dueling Staffers - Lab Manager Magazine
Child Psychiatrist David Levy introduced the term "sibling rivalry" in 1941. Self-explanatory in its terminology, the concept of sibling rivalry is easy to grasp. The mechanism of employee rivalry works essentially the same way, with the employees in a competitive relationship, striving for greater approval from their employer or manager.
Leading in Crisis: The Four Traps  
of Decision Making - Lab Manager Magazine
Leadership in crisis is ultimately about decision making. Other critical steps, such as recognizing and isolating the crisis prepare you to make decisions, while the deployment of resources are based on the decisions made by the leader.