Webinars & Workshops

Bode Technology is committed to helping individuals in the justice system better understand the technology of DNA identification testing. Our free webinars Include presentations from industry leaders on impact, new technologies, and best practices targeted to educate on forensic identification and law enforcement investigations.  Bode also offers virtual workshop training on various topics that can be customized for your agency's needs.

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      On Demand Webinars 

      Sign up takes less than two minutes and the webinars are free of charge. After you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the details you will need to join the webinar. This email will include a website link and a phone number to dial for hearing audio.  Each webinar is followed by a live Q&A session.  

      Featured NEW Webinar Events

      Sexual Assault Kit Testing Webinar Series

      Webinar #1:  The 6 Pillars of Approaching Sexual Assault Kit Backlogs, Joyful Heart Foundation, Ilse Knecht, Director, Policy and Advocacy

      Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

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      Webinar #2:  Sexual Assault Kit Tracking: The Approach and Impact of Statewide Tracking, Michigan State Police

      Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

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      Presenters from Michigan State Police.




      Webinar #3:  Automation and Speed: Creating a Process for 2-week Turnaround of Sexual Assault Kit Evidence

      Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

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      Bode discusses how we have implemented new technologies and automation to improve capacity and throughput of testing sexual assault kit evidence in our laboratory.

      Heather Sarik, Validation Scientist II, Bode Technology.  Heather has been a Bode employee for over 8 years and enjoys being a member of the validation team where she has been focusing on automating various laboratory procedures using an array of instrumentation for the past few years. She is originally from Virginia Beach, VA and now lives in Fredericksburg, VA with her husband, 2 crazy dogs, and baby number 1 on the way.

      Andrew Singer, Vice President, Global Marketing and Operations Sales, Bode Technology.  Mr. Singer oversees domestic sales and account management efforts for the company’s operations projects.  Key responsibilities also include developing and implementing go-to-market strategies for new projects and program and managing strategic partnerships.


      On Demand Webinars

      Property Crime DNA Testing Webinar Series

      Webinar #1:  Oregon State Police’s High Throughput Property Crime Program, Oregon State Police

      Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

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      Senior Forensic Scientist 1, Ryan Chambers, and DNA Unit Supervisor, Stephenie Winter Sermeno, will discuss Oregon State Police’s High Throughput Property Crimes (HTPC) program.  The presentation will include development and implementation of the original project, assessment of the results of the project, the effects of the Sexual Assault Kit backlog on the program, and statewide expansion of the program.  Both the operational and technical aspects of the program will be covered.


      Webinar #2:  Analyzing Property Crimes Is Worth More Than Its Weight In Gold, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

      Tuesday, September 1, 2020 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

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      Sean Yoshii, DNA Supervisor at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, will discuss the development of his laboratory’s property crime processing and the lessons learned during that development.




      Webinar #3:  A Comparison of DNA Typing Success in Compromised Blood and Touch Samples Based on Sampling Swab Composition 

      Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

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      After attending this presentation, attendees will understand the impact of time and temperature on DNA analysis of samples using both cotton and a proprietary swab designed to minimize degradation of forensic samples. For abstract please click here.

      Presented by:  Sarah Seashols Williams, PhD, Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, Department of Forensic Science, Virginia Commonwealth University


      Use of DNA in Post Conviction Testing

      Webinar #1: Post Conviction DNA Testing - The Crime Lab's Perspective
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      Featured Presenter, Cate Roller, DNA Supervisor at Bode Technology will discuss the process of working with stakeholders in evaluating cases suitable for post-conviction DNA testing.  Various technologies will be introduced and explored, including advanced sampling techniques, STRs, Y-STRs and Forensic Genealogy.  As technologies are discussed, case stories and examples of how applying these technologies has resulted in exonerations will be shared.

      Webinar #2: Post-Conviction Collaboration: How Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys Work Together In-Post Conviction Cases
      Presenters: Bryce Benjet, Director, Conviction Integrity Unit at Queens District Attorney's Office &
      Susan Friedman, Attorney, Innocence Project

      Featured Presenters, Bryce Benjet, Chief of the Conviction Integrity Unit at the Queens District Attorney's Office, and Susan Friedman, Staff Attorney at the Innocence Project, will discuss how prosecutors and defense attorneys can work collaboratively in post-conviction. Topics will include evidence searches, DNA testing, and working with state and private DNA laboratories. 

      Webinar Series: Use of Rapid DNA in Forensics

      Webinar #1: Implementation of Rapid DNA: Prevent Tomorrow's Victim

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      Bode Technology and Thermo Fisher Scientific co-hosted this webinar to help the criminal justice community understand the significant impact Rapid DNA and local DNA databases can have on solving and preventing crime. 

      Featured presenter Fred Harran, Director of Public Safety, Bensalem Township Police, discussed how these powerful tools can provide real-time investigative information through DNA. Bensalem Township PD was the first police department in the country to utilize a Rapid DNA instrument in conjunction with its well-established local DNA database. 
      Director Harran addressed best practices for implementing and using the technology to maximize the impact on the judicial system. He also shared first-hand experiences and answered questions on the use of Rapid DNA.


      Webinar # 2: From Collection to Prosecution: Investigations using Rapid DNA and a Local DNA Database 
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      Bode Technology and Thermo Fisher Scientific are proud to offer this follow up webinar featuring Glenn Vandegrift, Detective Sergeant of Forensics in the Criminal Investigations Division at Bensalem Township Police department, who will use case examples to explain how Rapid DNA and local DNA databases can solve crimes faster.

      With real case examples, Sergeant Vandegrift will illustrate best practices for using this groundbreaking technology. He will also share first-hand experiences and answer questions on the use of Rapid DNA and a local DNA database.


      Webinar #3

      Preparing for the Worst - Rapid DNA as Part of a Comprehensive Disaster Victim ID Plan

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      Bode Technology and Thermo Fisher Scientific are proud to co-host this webinar demonstrating how rapid DNA can play a pivotal role in disaster victim identification (DVI) efforts.

      Stephanie Regan, Crime Scene and Laboratory Supervisor at the Kaua‘i Police Department (KPD), will share how the RapidHIT ID System enabled their agency to quickly and cost-effectively analyze tissue, brain and bone samples following a tragic helicopter crash in December, 2019.

      Other topics include:

      • The latest streamlined protocols for rapid analysis of skeletal remains
      • Mobile, field-deployable use of rapid DNA
      • A comprehensive solution that includes AABB accredited rapid DNA technology, as well as real-time reach-back support from Bode Technology
      • Additional examples & case studies from agencies in the U.S. and globally



      Webinar #4:  Combatting Child Trafficking with Field Forward Rapid DNA and a Comprehensive Reachback Solution

      Date and time are to be determined - Registration Link
      Presenter: Dane Plaza, Director, Federal Operations, Bode Technology
      Bode has successfully developed and implemented a Rapid DNA reachback center that supports Rapid DNA instruments across the country. The comprehensive program encompasses geographically separated Rapid DNA facilities, all of which rely on Bode’s accredited laboratory which is staffed with trained analysts who are providing 24/7/365 reachback support.  The speaker will discuss challenges and successes with deploying instruments, training end-users, and providing real-time support to deliver scientifically supported results.  Principles learned during this effort can be applied to applications supporting law enforcement agencies utilizing this technology.

      Forensic Genealogy - Webinar Series:
      Exploring the Impact, Processes, Successes and Challenges of Forensic Genealogy

      Bode Technology is hosting a 6-part webinar series to examine forensic genealogy and the impact it has had over the past several years.  Speakers include forensic analysts, genealogists, prosecutors, investigators and more.  Over the course of the program, presenters will provide introductions on the technology, as well as explore the application of forensic genealogy in investigations.

      Forensic Genealogy: Introduction and Review of More than a Year of Cases
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      Presenters Teresa Vreeland and Melinde Byrne, Bode Technology
      Description: Presenters provided an introduction to forensic genealogy.  The overview included background on the technology, use of databases, an introduction into how genealogy works, and the process of using genealogy to investigate unsolved homicides, rapes and to identify human remains.

      Forensic Genealogy: Unlocking the Science of Genealogy
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      Presenters: Bob Bever and Melinde Byrne, Bode Technology
      Description: Presenters provided an in-depth look at the science behind forensic genealogy, including exploring the use of Microarrays and Whole Genome Sequencing.  Research on the impact of lower amounts of DNA, degraded DNA and DNA from different sources will be presented.  Results discussed included call rates and the impact those results have when searching databases.

      Forensic Genealogy: Enhancing Investigations through Collaboration
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      Presenters: Samantha Gwinn, LexisNexis Risk Solutions 
      Description: Presenters discussed the investigative process.  Forensic Genealogy investigation requires collaborations between stakeholders.  This presentation talked about the use of LexisNexis Risk Solutions in collaboration with DNA crime laboratories and investigators to develop investigative leads.

      Forensic Genealogy: Diving Deeper into Law Enforcement Investigations
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      Presenter: John Somerindyke, Retired-Fayetteville Police Department
      Description: Presenter discussed forensic genealogy investigations from the perspective of law enforcement.  Within the presentation, different approaches to database searching and research were discussed.

      TBD - Forensic Genealogy: Ethics of Forensic Genealogy

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      Presenter: TBD
      Description: Presenter will discuss the ethics of the use of forensic genealogy.

      DNA Evidence Collection: A Collaborative Effort

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      Bode's webinar trained on best practices for crime scene evidence collection, packaging, and submission.  The impact that DNA collection has on success rates and efficiency in a forensic crime lab was also discussed. Content includes:

      • Successful DNA Analysis requires cooperation between Law Enforcement Agencies and Crime Laboratories
      • The products, methods, and steps used to collect and preserve DNA evidence directly impact laboratory success rates

      Webinar details:

      • Presenter: Dan Watsula, Product Manager, Bode Technology

      BodeHITS Webinar – Local DNA Database & DNA Analysis Webinar:  BodeHITS involves the creation of a local DNA database for law enforcement agencies to investigate property and drug crimes that are impacting their communities. BodeHITS gives law enforcement agencies the control to determine which samples are processed for DNA, provides direct access to DNA analysts, and offers fast turnaround times on samples, helping to develop investigative leads. This webinar includes a BodeHITS program overview and software demonstration.

      • There are no upcoming live webinars scheduled.  Please contact us for information on an upcoming date or to request a previously recorded webinar.