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Speaker Schedule

Inter/Micro 2019 Program Book

Following is the schedule for speaker presentations at Inter/Micro 2019. 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, times, and speaker presentations are subject to change.

Monday, June 10 — Techniques and Instrumentation

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

Investigation into the Mechanism of Corrosion of a Pharmaceutical Glass Container
Richard S. Brown — MVA Scientific Consultants

Artists’ Materials Reference Collections: How to Create and Use Them, and Why They’re Essential in Analysis
Joseph G. Barabe — Barabe & Associates LLC

Pigment Packages of Modern Australian Tattoo Inks
Ethan Groves — Microtrace LLC

Morning Break

Form Birefringence: Variable Birefringence?
Andrew A. “Tony” Havics — pH2, LLC

Evaluation of the Canon Rebel T7i for Photomicrography
Sebastian Sparenga — McCrone Research Institute

The Classification of Raman Patterns of Inkjet Printer Inks: Comparing Visual Inspection and Different Variants of Linear Discriminant Analysis Methods
Patrick Buzzini — Department of Forensic Science, Sam Houston State University

Lunch, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSION, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chair: John R. Reffner — Dow Chemical Company

Force Feeding Physics
Brian J. Ford — Cardiff University

Continuing Adventures in Fluorescence
Charles Mazel — NIGHTSEA

Unwanted Connections — From Whiskers to Nanotubes
James R. Millette — Millette Technical Consulting

Afternoon Break

FTIR Analytical Method for the Identification of Cellulose Fibers
Anders Juul Lawaetz — Novo Nordisk Pharmatech, Koge, Denmark

FTIR Microscopy Simultaneous with Visible Image Viewing
Andy Bean — PIKE Technologies

Improved Quantitative Assessment of Carbon Black Dispersion in Polyolefins by Light Microscopy
John R. Reffner — Dow Chemical Company

AN EVENING WITH BRIAN, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Poo Bare
Brian J. Ford — Cardiff University


Tuesday, June 11 — Environmental and Industrial Microscopy

MORNING SESSION, 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Chair: John A. Reffner — John Jay College, CUNY

Clouseau: “Does Your Dog Bite?” Asbestos Science in the Courtroom
Sean Fitzgerald — Scientific Analytical Institute

Caught in the Act! Multispectral LANDSAT Imagery and SEM Identification of Potentially Toxic Fly Ash at Steam Power Plant Waste Disposal Sites
Wayne C. Isphording — University of South Alabama and Tulane University

Tremolite Asbestos from the “Saltworks” Mine, Inyo County, California
Eric J. Chatfield — Chatfield Technical Consulting Limited

Morning Break

Techniques for Amphibole Asbestos Determination in Sheet Silicates
Sean Fitzgerald — Scientific Analytical Institute

Three Char and Soot Fire Cases
Andrew A. “Tony” Havics — pH2, LLC

Fiber Survey of Selected Postage Stamps
Walter J. Rantanen — SGS-IPS Testing

The Ever-Expanding World of Microscopy, Imaging, and Microanalysis
John A. Reffner — John Jay College, CUNY

Lunch, 12:15 – 2:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSION, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chair: Joseph Insana — Microtrace LLC

“The Particle Was Identified as a Cellulose Fiber”
Skip Palenik — Microtrace LLC

Conceptualization of Assessing the Evidential Value of Vehicular Transmission Fluids, Brake Fluids, and Lubricating Greases
Andra Lewis — Department of Forensic Science, Sam Houston State University

Polymerography: Chemical Etching of Polymers
Andrew A. “Tony” Havics — pH2, LLC

Afternoon Break

Nanoparticles as Trace Evidence
Kelly Brinsko Beckert — Microtrace LLC

Plastics in a Refreshing New Light
Brian J. Ford — Cardiff University

Benchtop Micromanipulator for Precise Sampling in the Forensic Sciences
Steven M. Barnett — Barnett Technical Services

Locating and Analyzing Microtraces of Paint
Joseph Insana — Microtrace LLC


Wednesday, June 12 — Chemical and Forensic Microscopy

MORNING SESSION, 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Chair: Katie M. White — Microtrace LLC

Dating Fungi — A Non-Romantic Approach
Payam Fallah — IDEHL Laboratory

Black Belt: The Art of Balance and Impact Concentration
Peter Diaczuk — John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of Sciences

Sources of GSR Particles: One that Shouldn’t and One that Wasn’t
Martin Janssen — Netherlands Forensic Institute

Morning Break

A Look at How Visual Aspects of Fiber Appearance Affect MSP Spectra
Meggan King — McCrone Research Institute

An Update on the Effect of Ultraviolet Radiation on the Degradation of Dyed Fibers as a Function of Time Using UV-Vis Microspectrophotometry
Patrick Buzzini — Department of Forensic Science, Sam Houston State University

Homemade Explosives: Not for Every Do-It-Yourselfer
William A. Randle — Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab

A Bone to Pick: Examination and Analysis of Bone Tissue
Katie M. White — Microtrace LLC

Lunch, 12:15 – 2:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSION, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chair: Jack Hietpas — The Pennsylvania State University, Forensic Science Program

The Mystery of Leeuwenhoek’s Canoe
Brian J. Ford — Cardiff University

Glass Bottle Thickness Variation: Measurements for Source and Comparison Determination
Brendan Nytes — Microtrace LLC

Andreas Sigismund Marggraf and the First-Time-In-History Use of a Microscope to Prove the Identity of a Chemical Substance
Jan Burmeister

Afternoon Break

How Low Can You Go? Determining the Smallest Steel Fragment for Quantitative Analysis
Peter D. Zoon — Netherlands Forensic Institute

Medical Malpractice or BBQ Gone Wrong: Identification and Sourcing of a Metal Wire Removed from a Patient
Jason Beckert — Microtrace LLC

Assessing the Utility of Smokeless Powder Micromorphometry for Brand Identification
Jack Hietpas — The Pennsylvania State University, Forensic Science Program