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Forensic Dust Analysis (1750)


Course schedule: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday.

This course is an introduction to the analysis of dust traces for trace evidence analysts and is based on instructor Skip Palenik’s experience of more than 50 years in studying dust in a forensic context.

Beginning with the history of dust analysis and the work of Locard, Popp, Schneider, Heinrich, Frei-Sulzer and others, this course will explore the techniques for collecting, separating, analyzing and interpreting dust evidence. Special emphasis will be placed on developing investigative leads such determining environment and/or occupation from the analytical results of a dust analysis.

Prerequisite: course 1201 or equivalent