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2018 Speaker Schedule

Inter/Micro 2018 Program Book

Following is the schedule for speaker presentations at Inter/Micro 2018. Click on the title to read an abstract or view Abstracts, Last Names A-L and Abstracts, Last Names M-Z. Presentations will be held in the McCrone Lecture Room. Dates and times are subject to change.

Event Schedule

Presentation Abstracts


Monday, June 11 — Techniques and Instrumentation

MORNING SESSION, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Chair: Martin Kocanda — Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota

Image Acquisition and Analysis of Soybean Stem Sections
Aryeh Weiss — Faculty of Engineering, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

Eight Is Enough: Fabric Physical Matches in an International Drug Smuggling Case
Jason C. Beckert — Microtrace LLC

Discriminating Glass Fragments Using Micro-XRF Spectrometry with Polycapillary Optics
Bruce Scruggs — EDAX, Inc.

Morning Break

Measurement of Nanoparticle Size Using Transmission Electron Microscopy
Jacob M. Spry and Richard S. Brown — MVA Scientific Consultants

Hacking a Dinosaur: Upgrading a Vintage Microscope Using the Raspberry Pi
Martin Kocanda — Rapid City Police Department, South Dakota

Lunch, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSION, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chair: Charles Mazel — NIGHTSEA

Problems in Raman and FTIR Spectral Library Searches
Lawrence Wayne — Forensic Analytical Laboratories, Inc.

Evaluation of the Criteria for the Discrimination of Inkjet Printer Inks Using Micro Raman Spectroscopy
Patrick Buzzini — Sam Houston State University

Development of Modern Microcrystal Tests for Controlled Drugs, Diverted Pharmaceuticals, and Bath Salts: Project Update
Sebastian Sparenga — McCrone Research Institute

Afternoon Break

Taking a Closer Look at Some Photochromic Materials
Joseph Insana — Microtrace LLC

Microscopy and Poetry: A Union of Art and Artifice
Andrew A. Havics — pH2, LLC

Further Adventures in Fluorescence
Charles Mazel — NIGHTSEA

AN EVENING WITH BRIAN, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Robot and the Single Cell
Brian J. Ford — Cardiff University


Tuesday, June 12 — Environmental and Industrial Microscopy

MORNING SESSION, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Chair: Kelly Brinsko Beckert — Microtrace LLC

The “Sinkhole” Conundrum: Legal Challenges to XRD-SEM Evidence for Liability for Substructure Soil Collapse
Wayne C. Isphording — University of South Alabama and Tulane University

Creating an Aqueous Precipitation and Crystal Table for Microcrystal Tests of Common Illicit Drugs
Casey Turney — University of Illinois at Chicago Forensic Science Program; and McCrone Research Institute

Surface Samples for Indoor Environmental Quality: What Can They Tell Us?
Andrew A. Havics — pH2, LLC

Morning Break

The Curious Case of Asbestos Dental Tape
James R. Millette — Millette Technical Consulting

Elongate Mineral Particles: What Sizes Matter?
Eric J. Chatfield — Chatfield Technical Consulting Limited

Pigments in Olefin Fibers
Kelly Brinsko Beckert — Microtrace LLC

Lunch, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSION, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chair: Andrew M. Bowen — U.S. Postal Inspection Service

A Survey of Elements Detected in Multi-layered Automotive Paint Samples by SEM-EDS
Ethan Groves — Microtrace LLC

A Survey of Analytical Considerations for the Elemental Analysis and Forensic Comparison of Automotive Paints by SEM-EDS
Christopher S. Palenik — Microtrace LLC

Solving Problems with Chemical Microscopy
John A. Reffner — John Jay College, CUNY

Afternoon Break

Antibiotic Anarchy
Brian J. Ford — Cardiff University

The “Green” Movement and Paper Fiber Usage
Walter J. Rantanen — SGS-IPS Testing

A Case Example Demonstrating the Value of Raman Microspectroscopy in Forensic Rope Examinations
Andrew M. Bowen — U.S. Postal Inspection Service


Wednesday, June 13 — Chemical and Forensic Microscopy

MORNING SESSION, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Chair: Patrick Buzzini — Sam Houston State University

The Technician: A Short-Lived 1940s Forensic Science Journal
William A. Randle — Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab

The Burning Rock
Skip Palenik — Microtrace LLC

The Curious Case of the Yellowing Labels: An Investigation Into the Discoloration of Package Labels
Brendan Nytes — Microtrace LLC

Morning Break

Product Discoloration: Analysis of an Unknown Red Colorant
Katie M. White — Microtrace LLC

The Effect of Ultraviolet Radiation on the Microspectrophotometry (MSP) of Dyed Fibers, Part 1: Photobleaching Effect
Meggan B. King — McCrone Research Institute
Patrick Buzzini — Sam Houston State University

The Effect of Ultraviolet Radiation on the Microspectrophotometry (MSP) of Dyed Fibers, Part 2: Spectral Differences as a Function of Time
Patrick Buzzini — Sam Houston State University
Meggan B. King — McCrone Research Institute

Lunch, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSION, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chair: Casey Brown — The Pennsylvania State University

Aquatic Dinosaur Update II
Brian J. Ford — Cardiff University

Contributions of Polarized Light Microscopy and Microanalysis to a Recent Mail Bomb Case
Andrew M. Bowen — U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Afternoon Break

Screenshot: Analysis of Bullet Hole Impact Dynamics
Peter Diaczuk — The Pennsylvania State University, Eberly College of Science, Forensic Science Program

Semi-Automated Micromorphometry of Small Arms Propellants for Brand Identification
Casey Brown — The Pennsylvania State University