2007 Trace Evidence Symposium

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Complete Agenda

Monday August 13, 2007

Registration

7:00am - 5:00pm
Continental Breakfast
Lobby 2

Introduction to Instrumental Analysis

8:00am - 4:00pm
Introductory Workshop
Topics presented during this introductory workshop will include microspectrophotometry, XRD and XRF, SEM-EDS, FTIR, Raman, chromatography, and capillary electrophoresis .
Sundial - 4th Floor
Moderator: David L. Exline
Senior Forensic Scientist, RJ Lee Group, Inc., Monroeville, PA
Presenters: JoAnn Buscaglia
Research Chemist, CFSRU, FBI Laboratory, FBI Academy,
Quantico, VA

Mary W. Carrabba
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry,
Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR

Scott Chumbley
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Department,
Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Paul Martin
Power Point

President, CRAIC Technologies, Inc.,
San Dimas, CA

Bruce R. McCord
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Florida International University, Miami, FL

Evidence Recognition and Recovery

8:00am–4:00pm
Introductory Workshop
This introductory workshop will explore the important application of criminalistics theory to crime scene analysis in addition to introducing technologies and techniques which can be used to effectively identify and recover trace evidence.
Palm Room
Moderator: Peter R. DeForest
Professor of Criminalistics, Department of Sciences,
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
National Institute of Justice
Presenters: Peter D. Barnett
Criminalist, Forensic Science Associates, Richmond, CA


Robert D. Blackledge
Retired Criminalist, El Cajon, CA


Peter D. Diaczuk
Director of Forensic Science Training, Center for Modern Forensic Practice,
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY


Greg Matheson
Laboratory Director, Los Angeles Police Department,
Los Angeles, CA

Faye A. Springer
Criminalist IV, Laboratory of Forensic Services,
Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Sacramento, CA

Microscopy

8:00am–4:00pm
Introductory Workshop
This workshop will serve as an introduction to forensic microscopy including the uses of polarizing and stereomicroscopes. Lectures, demonstrations and experiments will introduce attendees to the use of microscopes to manipulate small particles, study microscopic morphology and use orthoscopic and convergent polarized light to characterize, compare and identify microscopic evidence.
Sand Key Room
Moderator: Sandra Koch
Trace Evidence Examiner, FBI Laboratory,
Quantico, VA
Presenters: Christopher S. Palenik
Research Microscopist, Microtrace, Elgin, IL

Skip Palenik
Senior Research Microscopist, Microtrace, Elgin, IL

Advanced Paint Database Query (PDQ)

8:00am–4:00pm
Master Workshop
This advanced-level training is recommended for PDQ users with experience with the PDQ program and spectral searching. The workshop will provide advanced training in spectral interpretation, narrowing the potential hit lists and spectral searching using the PDQ Spectral Libraries.
Bay Room
Moderator: Maureen J. Bradley
Forensic Examiner and Supervisory Chemist, Chemistry Unit,
Laboratory Division, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA
Presenter: Denis Laflèche
PDQ Maintenance Team Supervisor, Forensic Laboratory Services,
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometry (FTIR)

8:00am - 11:30am
Master Workshop
The FTIR workshop will concentrate on a few selected topics of interest to experienced trace analysts. The mechanism of the ATR analysis process will be reviewed in detail so that trace analysts may gain a better understanding of the conspicuous differences between it and the spectra obtained using transmittance methods. This workshop will also discuss infrared spectral data interpretation, particularly in regard to comparison of exhibits, and the analysis of unknown materials.
Beach Room
Moderator: Jenny Smith
Criminalist, Trace Evidence, Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime
Laboratory, Jefferson City, MO
Presenter: Edward Suzuki
Power Point
Supervising Forensic Scientist, Chemistry Section, Seattle Crime
Laboratory, Crime Laboratory Division, Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau,
Washington State Patrol, Seattle, WA

Cosmetics/Glitter

8:00am - 11:30am
Master Workshop
Cosmetics and other toiletries are commonly encountered in forensic casework, yet very little information is published or presented regarding the analysis of this type of evidence. This advanced-level workshop will discuss the examination of the pigments and fillers used in cosmetics; glitters and other effect pigments that may be present; and the waxes, oils and other vehicles used to bind them together.
Gulf Room
Moderator: Amy L. Michaud
Forensic Chemist, National Laboratory, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms, and Explosives, Ammendale, MD
Presenters:

Edward C. Bender
Forensic Chemist, Arson and Explosives Section, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms, and Explosives, Beltsville, MD


Glitter as Forensic Evidence
Robert D. Blackledge
Glitter as Forensic Evidence | Cosmetic Pigment Presentation | PDF
Retired Criminalist, El Cajon, CA
North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Scott Stoeffler
Senior Research Microscopist, McCrone Associates, Westmont, IL

Luncheon Presentation: Communicating Color

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Luncheon
Communicating color can be subjective in nature, but there are steps that can be taken to accurately communicate results. This presentation will demonstrate how understanding the science of color and how color is influenced can support proper management of color evaluations.
Island Ballroom
Moderator: Sandy Parent
Forensic Scientist, Trace Evidence, Crime Laboratory, Texas Department of
Public Safety, Austin, TX
Presenter: Art Schmehling
Power Point
Munsell Product Manager, X-Rite Incorporated, Grand Rapids, MI

Feather Identification

2:00pm - 5:30pm
Master Workshop
This advanced-level workshop will introduce the methods and techniques used in “Forensic Ornithology” to include the morphological identification of feathers and basic concepts of approaching morphological identifications of bird species from feather fragments.
Conch - 6th Floor
Moderator: Sandra Koch
Trace Evidence Examiner, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA
Presenters: Carla J. Dove
Research Scientist, Division of Birds, National Museum of Natural History,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Marcy Heacker
Research Assistant, Division of Birds, National Museum of Natural
History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Advanced Elemental Analysis in Trace Evidence Examinations

2:00pm - 5:30pm
Master Workshop
This lecture-based, advanced-level workshop will present the theory and practice of elemental analysis using a variety of methods including Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled to an Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (SEM - EDS), X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS).
Gulf Room
Moderator and Presenter: Jose R. Almirall
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida
International University, Co-Director, International Forensic Research Institute, Miami, FL
Presenters: Scott Chumbley
Power Point
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Robert S. Houk

Power Point
GENERAL ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY, ICP-MS SHORT COURSE, and LASER ABLATION

Professor, Department of Chemistry,
Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Microspectrophotometry (MSP)

2:00pm - 5:30pm
Master Workshop
Lecture and practical exercises will be used to present advanced issues relating to Microspectrophotometry (MSP) throughout this workshop. Fundamentals, history, instrumentation, functioning, sampling, measuring conditions, spectra evaluation, color analysis, validation, calibration, and practical application are among the topics to be covered.
Beach Room
Moderator and Presenter: Ken Wiggins
Power Point
General, Calibration, Validation, and First Derivative
Forensic Consultant, London, United Kingdom
Presenter: Thomas W. Biermann
Senior Scientist, Toxicology, Biology, Forensic Science Institute
Bundeskriminalamt, Weisbaden, Germany

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Registration

7:00am - 5:00pm
Continental Breakfast
Lobby 2

Exhibit Hall

7:00am - 5:00pm
Island Ballroom

Opening Remarks

8:00am - 8:30am
General Session
Grand Ballroom


Lois A. Tully
Acting Chief of the Investigative and Forensics Division
National Institute of Justice Office of Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
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David W. Hagy
Acting Principal Deputy Director, National Institute of Justice, U.S.
Department of Justice, Washington, DC
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Melissa Anne Smrz
Deputy Assistant Director, FBI Laboratory Division, Quantico, VA

The Current State of Affairs and Trends in the Crime Laboratory–
Developments in the Last Ten Years–New Issues Facing the Trace Examiner

8:30am - 10:00am
General Session
Panelists representing the United States, Europe, and Australia will provide their different perspectives on the role of trace evidence, to include historical perspectives and what to expect for the future.
Grand Ballroom


Moderator: Sandra Kochh
Trace Evidence Examiner, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA

Presenters: Stefan Becker
Power Point | Word
Senior Scientist, Forensic Science Institute,
Bundeskriminalamt, Wiesbaden,Germany
Watch Video »

Troy Hamlin
Power Point
Deputy Assistant Director, Crime Laboratory Division, North Carolina State
Bureau of Investigation, Raleigh, NC
Watch Video »

Claude Roux
Power Point
Director, Centre for Forensic Science, University of Technology, Sydney,
Broadway, New South Wales, Australia
Watch Video »

10:00am - 10:15am Break

Case Management Issues from Crime Scene to Court Room

10:15am - 11:45am
General Session
This panel will discuss how trace evidence has evolved, describe its impact on case management and courtroom proceedings, and address issues such as prioritization and resource allocation. A diverse group of individuals will discuss how differently trace evidence is managed from the crime scene to courtroom at the local, state and federal levels.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: David L. Exline
Senior Forensic Scientist, RJ Lee Group, Inc., Monroeville, PA

Presenters: George W. Clarke
Power Point
Judge of Superior Court, San Diego Superior Court, San Diego, CA
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Jeff Cover
Power Point
Forensics Manager, Identification/Crime Scene Unit, Anne Arundel
County Police Department, Millersville, MD
Watch Video »

Robert A. Jarzen
Power Point
Laboratory Director, Laboratory of Forensic Sciences, Sacramento
County Office of the District Attorney, Sacramento, CA

Cary T. Oien
Power Point
Unit Chief, Trace Evidence Unit, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA
Watch Video »

Luncheon and Presentation

11:45am - 1:15pm
Luncheon
Court TV’s top-rated series, Forensic Files® is a pioneer in the field of fact-based, high-tech, dramatic storytelling. Seen in 142 countries worldwide, the program delves into the world of forensic science, profiling intriguing crimes, accidents and outbreaks of disease from around the world. As Senior Producer of Forensic Files®, Kelly Ann Martin oversees all aspects of the show’s production and day-to-day operations which include choosing the shows to be profiled, recruiting and hiring the production crews and casts, maintaining the website, and spearheading all public relations initiatives. This self-proclaimed “reality TV junkie” will share some of her experiences with you.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator Amy L. Michaud
Forensic Chemist, National Laboratory, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms, and Explosives, Ammendale, MD

Presenter: Kelly Ann Martin
Senior Producer, Forensic Files, Court TV and Medstar Television,
Allentown, PA

Paper Presentations:
The Significance of Trace Evidence as Used in Casework

1:30pm - 3:00pm
General Session
The presentations in this session will highlight the practical application of various types of trace evidence analysis in criminal casework. The value of trace evidence in providing investigative leads, connecting serial crimes, reconstructing the circumstances of crimes and associating suspects, victims and crime scenes will be discussed.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Scott Stoeffler
TSenior Research Microscopist, McCrone Associates, Westmont, IL

Presenters: Trace Testimonials
Lynne D. Herold
PDF
Senior Criminalist, Scientific Services Bureau,
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles, CA

Andria L. Hobbs
Power Point
Forensic Examiner, Chemistry Unit,
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Quantico, VA
District Attorney’s Office, Sacramento, CA
Watch Video »

Summer of Terror–Trace Evidence in a Series of Hate Crimes
Faye A. Springer
Power Point | PDF
Criminalist IV, Laboratory of Forensic Services, Sacramento County
District Attorney’s Office, Sacramento, CA
Watch Video »

Fibers, Metal Buttons, Welding Fume Particles, and Paint Chips as
Incriminating Evidence in Solving Two Homicides Committed
by the Same Person

Raili Sulkava
Power Point | PDF
Forensic Chemist, Crime Laboratory, National Bureau of Investigation,
Vantana, Finland
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3:00pm - 3:15pm Break

Education and Research Perspectives:
Needs and Opportunities in Trace Evidence Examinations

3:15pm - 5:00pm
General Session
This session will address education and research opportunities within the sub-disciplines of trace evidence to include the current state of education programs in the United States and abroad and opportunities for research in academic institutions and government laboratories. The panel session will also explore the important role of trace evidence examiners as educators to criminal justice stakeholders, as well as provide a forum for the continuing dialogue on the need for research in the area of trace evidence examinations.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Peter R. DeForest
Intro | Closing
Professor of Criminalistics, Department of Sciences, John Jay

Presenters: Jose R. Almirall
Power Point
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Florida International University, Co-Director, International Forensic
Research Institute, Miami, FL
Watch Video »

Peter D. Barnett
Power Point
Criminalist, Forensic Science Associates, Richmond, CA
Watch Video »

Mike Cole
Power Point
Head of Forensic Science and Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology,
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Watch Video »

Claude Roux
Power Point
Director, Centre for Forensic Science, University of Technology, Sydney,
Broadway, New South Wales, Australia
Watch Video »

Lois A. Tully
Power Point
Acting Chief, Investigative and Forensic Sciences Division,
Office of Science and Technology, National Institute of Justice,
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Watch Video »

Diane K. Williams
Power Point | PDF
Research Chemist, Laboratory, Federal Bureau of Investigation,
Quantico, VA
Watch Video »

Discussant: Thomas A. Kubic
Associate Professor, Science Department, John Jay College of Criminal
Justice, City University of New York, New York, NY

Networking Opportunity on the Beach

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Poolside

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Registration

7:00am - 5:00pm
Continental Breakfast
Lobby 2

Exhibit Hall

7:30am - 5:30pm
Island Ballroom

Presentation of Case Study: O.J. Simpson

7:00am - 8:00am
General Session
This panel will discuss the totality of the physical evidence examined in the O.J. Simpson case and, specifically, the trace evidence that was not allowed to be presented in the courtroom.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Peter R. DeForest
Power Point
Professor of Criminalistics, Department of Sciences,
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
Watch Video »

Presenters: George W. Clarke
Judge of Superior Court, San Diego Superior Court, San Diego, CA
Watch Video »

Harold Deadman
Power Point
Forensic Examiner, Forensic Science Division, Metropolitan Police Department,
Quantico, VA
Watch Video »

Greg Matheson
Power Point
Laboratory Director, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles, CA
Watch Video »

The Need for Scientific Reliability in the Courtroom

8:00am - 9:00am
General Session
There are a number of instances of trace evidence being misused, misinterpreted and erroneously argued, resulting in convictions, some of which have been wrongful. This panel will discuss the reliability of scientific evidence and the Supreme Court’s Daubert criteria. How has Daubert/Frye transformed the admissibility of scientific evidence and testimony in the courtroom? Challenges to various forensic techniques will be discussed to include cases dealing with hair analysis.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Jenny M. Smith
Criminalist, Trace Evidence, Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime
Laboratory, Jefferson City, MO


Presenters: Paul C. Giannelli
Power Point
Professor, Law School, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
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Kenneth E. Melson
Power Point
Director, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Department of
Justice, Washington, DC
Watch Video »

Statistical Issues and Applicability to the Sub-Disciplines

9:00am - 10:00am
General Session
Trace evidence examiners are frequently asked to assign probabilities to an association resulting from trace analysis. This panel will discuss if it is possible, when it might be applicable, and the relevant issues that exist when applying statistical estimates to the results of trace evidence evaluations.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Susan T. Gross
Forensic Science Supervisor, Trace Section,
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, St. Paul, MN

Presenters: Robert D. Koons
Power Point
Research Chemist, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA

Louise McKenna
Power Point
Deputy Director, Garda Headquarters, Forensic Science Laboratory, Dublin, Ireland
Watch Video »

10:00am - 10:15am
Break

Interpretation/Reporting Issues (Weight) Trace Evidence

10:15am - 11:45am
General Session
Interpretation and reporting issues have been a predominant issue in the field of trace evidence. Accordingly, the Scientific Working Group for Materials (SWGMAT) has established Expert Report-Writing Guideline, which will be discussed to detail to address reports containing expert opinions concerning analyses, comparisons, associations, and other interpretations drawn from the data generated. Issues relating to presenting trace evidence in the courtroom and how a report relates to testimony, especially when an expert's testimony failed to specify the limitations of the underlying techniques, will also be covered.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Ken Wiggins
Forensic Consultant, London, United Kingdom

Presenters: Maureen Bottrell
Power Point
Geologist and Forensic Examiner, Trace Evidence Unit,
FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA
Watch Video »

Paul C. Giannelli
Power Point
Professor, Law School, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Watch Video »

Thomas A. Kubic
Power Point
Associate Professor, Science Department, John Jay College of Criminal
Justice, City University of New York, New York, NY
Watch Video »

Luncheon Presentation: “Never Suck a Dead Man’s Hand”

11:45am - 1:00pm
General Session
Dana’s Sicilian mother made sure she was prepared for an unfortunate event that might await her. She always wore clean underwear in case she was hit by a bus, carried red ribbons in her pockets to ward off evil spirits, had fresh onions on hand to shove in her socks in the event of a fever, and knew that placing a hat on a bed or forgetting to kiss moldy bread before throwing it away were recipes for disaster. But, the day a dead man’s hand wound up in Dana’s mouth was the day she realized that in forensics, anything can happen–red ribbons or not! Sit back and laugh as Dana Kollmann talks about the unique way that she wound up in the field of forensics and the rather bizarre situations she encountered as she melded her interests in archaeology, physical anthropology, and crime scene investigations.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Sandra Koch
Trace Evidence Examiner, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA

Presenter: Dana Kollman
Power Point
Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, Towson University, Towson, MD
Watch Video »

Technical Presentations:
Glass Evidence in Forensic Science

1:15pm - 3:00pm
General Session
This session will explore topics in the forensic analysis of glass with an emphasis on the latest techniques for the elemental analysis and classification of glass. A presentation on the characteristics for the identification of glass cuts in clothing will also be given as well as a brief overview of the glass manufacturing process.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Jodi B. Webb
Geologist and Forensic Examiner, Trace Evidence Unit,
Laboratory Division, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA

Manufacturer Overview: Maureen Bottrell

Paper Presenters: Elemental Analysis of Glass by SEM-EDS, XRF, EPMA, LIBS, and LAICPMS
Jose R. Almirall
Power Point
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida
International University, Co-Director,
International Forensic Research Institute, Miami, FL
Watch Video »

Glass Cuts in Clothing
Helen R. Griffin
Power Point | PDF
Forensic Scientist, Forensic Sciences Laboratory,
Ventura County Sheriff's Department, Ventura, CA
Watch Video »

Forensic Applications of LA-ICP-MS: Elemental Profiling and Evaluation of
Homogeneity in Soda-Lime Container Glass

Karen J. Harrington
Power Point | PDF
Intern, Laboratory of Forensic Services–Trace,
Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, Sacramento, CA
Watch Video »

Poster Session

Click here to view the agenda for the Poster Session

3:00pm - 5:00pm
An overwhelming response, both from the United States and abroad, was received as a result of the Trace Evidence Symposium’s “Call for Papers” issued earlier this year. The poster session provides an opportunity for trace evidence researchers and practitioners to present their work in a public forum. Abstracts can be found in the “Poster Session” section of the program book and full papers can be found on the CD-ROM containing Symposium materials.
Island Ballroom
6:30pm
Please join other symposium attendees for a casual dinner at a local restaurant. To participate, you must sign up at the conference registration desk by 5:00pm on Tuesday, August 14. Dinner assignments will be randomly selected and posted by 10:00a m on Wednesday, August 15. All expenses are the attendees’ responsibility.
Meet in Lobby 2

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Registration

7:00am - 5:00pm
Continental Breakfast
Lobby 2

Presentation of Case Study: The Role of Microscopic Trace Evidence in the
Solution of the Green River Murders

7:00am - 8:00am
General Session
Forensic microscopy led directly to Gary Ridgway’s confession of responsibility for Seattle’s Green River Murders, the biggest serial murder case in U.S. history, which extended over almost twenty years. Although he believes that he killed approximately 70 young women, Ridgway confessed in court to 48 murders. After a brief background review, this presentation will describe the search for and analysis of the microscopic trace evidence that connected Ridgway to his victims and his victims to each other. The role of the trace evidence microscopist as scientist (analyst) and not merely technician (comparator) will be stressed.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Peter R. DeForest
Professor of Criminalistics, Department of Sciences,
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY

Presenter: Skip Palenik
Power Point
Senior Research Microscopist, Microtrace, Elgin, IL
Watch Video »

Technical Presentations: Hair and Fibers

8:00am - 9:45am
General Session
This technical session will include a manufacturing overview of fibers, a validation study for analytical parameters and protocol for the Microspectrophotometer, a case study regarding the transfer and persistence of fibers and a practical application of trace evidence analysis in the investigation of the Washington DC area snipers.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Sandy Parent
Forensic Scientist, Trace Evidence, Crime Laboratory,
Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, TX

Manufacturer Overview: David Hinks
Power Point
Associate Professor, Department of Engineering, Chemistry, and Science,
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Watch Video »

Paper Presenters: The Significance of Fibre Transfer and Persistence–A Case Study
Susan Bennett
Power Point | PDF
Scientific Officer, Forensic Services Group, New South Wales Police
Force, Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Watch Video »

The Investigation of the Washington DC Area Snipers
Leanora Brun-Conti
Power Point | PDF
Forensic Chemist, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Ammendale, MD
Watch Video »

An Evaluation Study for Fibre Analysis by UV-Visible Microspectrophotometry
Barbara Doupe
Power Point | PDF
Forensic Scientist, Hair and Fibre Unit, Biology Section, Centre of
Forensic Sciences, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Watch Video »

9:45am - 10:00am
Break

Technical Presentations: Paint and Building Materials

10:00am - 11:30am
General Session
This technical session will highlight the practical application of various types of paint evidence and building materials recovered in criminal casework. Presentations will include a manufacturing overview discussing recent advances in automotive paint technology, the use of population studies in interpreting the value of paint evidence, a presentation on graffiti, and information on the examination of other building materials.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Amy L. Michaud
Forensic Chemist, National Laboratory, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms, and Explosives, Ammendale, MD

Manufacturer Overview: Leanora Brun-Conti
Power Point
Forensic Chemist, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives, Ammendale, MD
Watch Video »

Paper Presenters: The Interpretation of Paint Evidence Through the Use of Population Studies:
Two Case Examples

Patrick Buzzini
Power Point | PDF
Senior Lecturer, Forensic and Investigative Sciences,
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Watch Video »

Some Call it Art: Case Studies Investigating the Spraying of Illegal Graffiti in the UK
Louissa Marsh
Power Point | PDF
Forensic Practitioner, Chemistry, LGC Forensics,
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Watch Video »

Forensic Microanalysis of Building Materials
William M. Schneck
Power Point | PDF
Microvision Northwest-Forensic Consulting, Inc.,
Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory, Cheney, WA
Watch Video »

Luncheon Presentation: Casework Intelligence: What No DNA?

11:30am - 12:45pm
General Session
Fiber intelligence in major crime cases has only been used over the last 8 or 9 years but has proven valuable to developing a scene strategy. Considerations proving the value of Fiber Intelligence will be presented and demonstrated through a case study of the murder of an elderly lady who lived in a small village in Suffolk, England, in December 2001.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Jenny M. Smith
Criminalist, Trace Evidence, Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime
Laboratory, Jefferson City, MO
Presenter:

Ken Wiggins
Power Point
Casework Intelligence | What No DNA?
Forensic Consultant, London, United Kingdom

New Developments and State of the Art in Trace Evidence Examinations

1:00pm - 2:30pm
General Session
This panel will feature recent advances in trace evidence examinations including the application of state-of-the-art methodologies for the characterization of materials such as glass and fiber. The future of trace evidence examinations and applied trace technologies will also be discussed.
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Jose R. Almirall
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Florida International University, Co-Director,
International Forensic Research Institute, Miami, FL
Presenters: Laser Ablation ICP-MS in Forensic Glass Analysis: A Decade of Experience
Stefan Becker
Power Point | PDF
Senior Scientist, Forensic Science Institute, Bundeskriminalamt,
Wiesbaden, Germany
Watch Video »

Advances in Discrimination of Dyed Textile Fibers Using Capillary Electrophoresis/Mass
Spectrometry

Stephen L. Morgan
Power Point | PDF
Professor, Department of Chemistry and
Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Forensic Science in the 21st Century - Will Trace Evidence Ever Reach the Next Level?
Claude Roux
Power Point | PDF
Director, Centre for Forensic Science, University of Technology, Sydney,
Broadway, New South Wales, Australia
Watch Video »

2:30pm - 2:45pm
Break

Standards/Accreditation Panel

2:45pm - 3:45pm
General Session
Quality assurance is a vital component of crime laboratory operating procedures. This panel will present and discuss the role and importance of laboratory accreditation, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Forensic Committee, and the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST).
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Sandy Parent
Forensic Scientist, Trace Evidence, Crime Laboratory,
Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, TX
Presenters: Susan M. Ballou
Power Point
Program Manager for Forensic Sciences, Office of Law Enforcement
Standards, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD
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Ronald L. Kelly
Power Point
Forensic Examiner, Explosives Unit, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA
Watch Video »

John K. Neuner
Power Point
Program Manager, ASCLD/LAB–International, Garner, NC
Watch Video »

Scientific Basis of Trace Evidence

3:45pm - 4:45pm
General Session
DNA has revolutionized forensic science and as a result, has increased the level of scientific scrutiny of and challenges to other types of evidence. This scrutiny has impacted trace evidence examinations where associations are often equivocal, comparisons are unique to a particular case, and probabilities and statistics are largely not applicable. What can the trace evidence community learn from the DNA experience? How do we address the interpretation of our results, providing realistic weight to the evidence while not overstating or understating its significance? What questions do we expect to be answered by trace evidence? What role does the more general scientific community play in the scientific validation of trace evidence?
Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Jenny M. Smith
Criminalist, Trace Evidence, Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime
Laboratory, Jefferson City, MO
Presenters: After the Analysis: Establishing the Probative Value of Trace Evidence
Peter D. Barnett
Power Point | PDF
Criminalist, Forensic Science Associates, Richmond, CA
Watch Video »

Edward G. Bartick
Power Point
Director, Forensic Science Program, Department of Chemistry and
Biochemistry, Suffolk University, Boston, MA

Richard E. Bisbing
Executive Vice President, McCrone Associates, Inc., Westmont, IL
Watch Video »

Closing Remarks

4:45pm - 5:00pm
General Session
Grand Ballroom
  Cary T. Oien
Unit Chief, Trace Evidence Unit, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA

Charles Heurich
Program Manager, Investigative and Forensic Sciences Division,
Office of Science and Technology, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice,
Washington, DC
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