State Microscopical Society of Illinois Awards Dinner and Live Auction
Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Join Inter/Micro and the State Microscopical Society of Illinois (SMSI) as they honor Nicholas Petraco Sr. with the 2020 August Köhler Award.
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Social hour and live auction
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Award announcement and presentation
Nicholas Petraco Sr., Ph.D. is a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, specializing in statistical pattern recognition of trace evidence, quantum chemistry, and mathematical chemical physics. He teaches forensic science, microscopy, microchemical and instrumental analysis.
As an independent forensic consultant since 1990, Dr. Petraco has aided hundreds of investigations. In 1999, he was designated Technical Leader in Criminalists for the forensic investigation division of the New York City Police Department, where he also served as police laboratory detective/criminalist and senior trace evidence forensic microscopist. He has worked in diverse art investigations, thousands of prosecutor and defense attorney death investigations, and he has given expert testimony in more than 500 trials.
Dr. Petraco is the author or co-author of more than 100 journal articles and notes, five books, and nine book chapters. He lectures and instructs on the use of light microscopy, specifically stereomicroscopy and polarized light microscopy, in identifying paint pigments, binders and finishes, synthetic and natural fibers and hair, and other substances of interest. He is a fellow of the New York Microscopical Society (NYMS), a fellow of American Academy of Forensic Science, and a diplomat of the American Board of Criminalistics.