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Thursday, August 6, 2009


7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Lobby 2

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Lobby 2

Exhibit Hall

7:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Island Ballroom

General Session: Paper Presentations and Current Research Projects

8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Edward M. Pollock, Supervising Criminalist, Laboratory of Forensic Services, Sacramento County District Attorney, Sacramento, CA

Susan Bennett, Team Leader, Chemical Criminalistics, Forensic Science Services Branch, Forensic Services Group, NSW Police Force, New South Wales, Australia
A Holistic Approach to Textile Damage Examinations
Video (Flash) | Presentation (.pdf, 408kB)

Brendan Nytes, Microscopist, Microtrace, Elgin, IL
Forensic Applications of Raman Micro-Spectroscopy with an Emphasis on In Situ Pigment Identification
Video (Flash) | Presentation (.pdf, 3.8MB)

Diana Wright, Forensic Examiner and Chemist, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA
Discrimination of Architectural Paints Via Physical and Chemical Methods of Analysis
Video (Flash) | Presentation (.pdf, 1MB)

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10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

General Session: Paper Presentations and Current Research Projects

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Grand Ballroom
Moderator: Cassandra Burke, Forensic Chemist II and Trace Analyst, Forensic Services Section, Baltimore County Police Department, Towson, MD

Mark Ahonen, Forensic Scientist E7, Laboratory Division, Indiana State Police, Indianapolis, IN
Admissibility Package for Tape Wrapped Up
Video (Flash) | Presentation (.pdf, 1.3MB)

Vincent J. Desiderio, Forensic Scientist I, Office of Forensic Sciences - Central Laboratory, New Jersey State Police, Hamilton, NJ
A Systematic Approach to the Analysis of General Unknowns
Video (Flash) | Presentation (.pdf, 3.4MB)

Leah Kitto, Senior Forensic Technician, Physical Evidence Laboratory, Institute of Environmental Science and Research, Auckland, New Zealand
PyGC-MS of Condom Lubricants and Persistence Studies
Video (Flash) | Presentation (.pdf, 192kB)

Ruth Morgan, University Lecturer, University College London, London, England, United Kingdom
Pollen in Domestic Dwellings: Forensic Implications
Video (Flash) | Presentation (.pdf, 6.3MB)

Skip Palenik, Senior Research Microscopist, Microtrace LLC, Elgin, IL
Forensic Sand and Soil Microscopy: Techniques and Casework Applications
Video (Flash) | Presentation (.pdf, 1.1MB)

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Box Lunch: Daubert Presentation

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Grand Ballroom

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Moderator: Rockne P. Harmon, Forensic and Cold Case Consultant, Alameda, CA
Video (Flash) | Presentation (.pdf, 272kB)

George “Woody” Clarke, Judge of Superior Court, San Diego Superior Court, San Diego, CA

Amy L. Michaud, Forensic Chemist, National Laboratory, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Ammendale, MD

Christopher J. Plourd, Attorney at Law, Forensic Evidence Consultant, Law Office of Christopher J. Plourd, San Diego, CA

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General Session: Poster Session Tours

3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Island Ballroom and Foyer

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Stefan Becker, Senior Scientist, Forensic Science Institute, Bundeskriminalamt, Wiesbaden, Germany
The Use of Laser Ablation – Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICPMS) for the Examination of Human Hair

Robert Berk, Forensic Scientist III, Microscopy/Trace Chemistry Section, Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Nyclad Ammunition in Criminal Casework
Presentation (.pdf, 140kB)

Hayley Brown, Forensic Scientist, Chemistry and Materials, Forensic Science SA, Adelaide, South Australia
A Compelling Glass Case or Statistical Overload?

Rebecca E. Bucht, Adjunct Professor and PhD Student, Science Division, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
Polarized Light Photography for Visualization of Blood on Dark Surfaces
Poster (.pdf, 4MB) | Paper (.pdf, 1.3MB)
Qualitative and Quantitative X-Ray Diffraction in Forensic Analysis of Duct Tapes
Poster (.pdf, 648kB)

Robert E. Burroughs, Forensic Scientist Supervisor, Crime Laboratory Trace Evidence Unit, Denver Police Department, Denver, CO
Gunshot Primer Residue, A Quantitative Question?
Poster 1 (.pdf, 136kB) | Poster 2 (.pdf, 180kB)

JoAnn Buscaglia, Research Chemist, Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit, FBI Laboratory, Quantico, VA
Trace Evidence Applications of Cathodoluminescence (CL) Microspectrophotometry

Andres S. Campiglia, Professor, Department of Chemisty, College of Sciences, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Application of Fluorescence Spectroscopy to Forensic Fiber Examination

Bill Chapin, Senior Research Microscopist, McCrone Associates, Inc., Westmont, IL
DART™- TOF Mass Spectrometry – Its Usefulness and Practicality for Trace Evidence Examiners

Jeffrey H. Dake, Forensic Chemist, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, Forest Park, GA
Differentiation of Lotions in Sexual Assault Cases

Elizabeth Gardner, Assistant Professor, Department of Justice Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Building a Microscope System for Glass and Fiber Analysis

Michael Gonzalez, Graduate Student, Forensic Science Program, Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Clovis, CA
The Creation of a Digital Forensic Faunal Hair Database

Helen R. Griffin, Forensic Scientist III, Trace Evidence, Ventura County Sheriff’s Forensic Sciences Lab, Ventura, CA
Yes, No, Maybe So - Trace Evidence Conclusions
Poster (.pdf, 2.9MB)

Gabrielle Jones, Student, Virginia Commonwealth University, Bellevue, WA
Raman Spectroscopy, A Solution for the Analysis of Light Colored Fibers?

Wolf Krauss, Forensic Biologist, Forensic Science Institute, Landeskriminalamt Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany
Fiber Persistence on Garments Under Open-Air Conditions
Poster (.pdf, 992kB)

Deidre Krupp, Student, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, VA
Multivariate Analysis of ATR-FTIR Spectroscopic Data for the Forensic Examination of Pharmaveutical Labels

Genevieve Massonnet, Professor, School of Forensic Science, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Automotive Multiple Vehicle Case: The Contribution of Trace Evidence.

Kornelia Nehse, Fibres and Micrmorphology, Landeskriminalamt Berlin - Forensic Science Institute, Berlin, Germany
Fibres and DNA in Perfect Harmony - A Case Example with Added Values

Suzanne L. Noffsinger, Forensic Scientist, Trace Evidence, Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory, Dayton, OH
Microscopic Examination as a Means to Determine the Suitability of Hair Roots for Nuclear DNA Analysis

Sandy Parent, Forensic Scientist, Crime Laboratory, Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, TX
The Significance of Class Associations in Footwear Comparisons

Justin Parker, Forensic Scientist, Trace Evidence, Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, TX
Environmental Effects on Fluorescent Properties of Colorless Polyester

Nicholas D.K. Petraco, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Department of Sciences and Faculty of Chemistry, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
The Statistical Significance of the Aggregate Trace Evidence Found in Household Dust Specimens

Dale K. Purcell, Forensic Scientist, Science Department, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
Environmentally Friendly Forensics: The Characterization of Eco-Fibers
Poster (.pdf, 176kB)
Cathodoluminescence (CL) Microscopy and Spectroscopy for the Forensic Analysis of Soil/Sand
A Microscopical Study of the Impact of Gunpowder Particles to Nylon Fabric

John A. Reffner, Associate Professor of Forensic Science, Science Department, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
Applications of Diamond Internal Reflection Infrared Microspectroscopical Analysis to Mineral and Glass Trace Evidence

Katie Steele, Forensic Chemist, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, Forest Park, GA
Photobleaching of Fibers by UV-Visible-NIR Microspectrophotometry

Edward Suzuki, Supervising Forensic Scientist, Chemistry Section, Washington State Crime Laboratory, Seattle, WA
In Situ Identification of Bismuth Vanadate in Automotive Paints Using Infrared Spectroscopy and Elemental Analysis

Melissa Valadez, Forensic Scientist, Trace Evidence, Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory, Austin, TX
A Year Long Survey of Normal Distortion in Automotive Peanut Bulbs

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