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Merry Christmas from Microtrace

Merry Christmas! Enjoy this little mystery from Microtrace's 2016 Christmas card. Read More

WHYY Interviews Skip Palenik on the Role of Hair Evidence

WHYY, Philadelphia's National Public Radio affiliate, broadcast an interview with Microtrace founder Skip Palenik on the role of hair evidence in forensic investigations- both its usefulness and its limitations. "You can certainly tell a lot from hairs," Skip noted, but some laboratories "have developed overconfidence in what you can tell from hairs." Read More

The Votes have been Counted, and the Results are in…

Microtrace's Kelly Brinsko Beckert has been elected the next president of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE). Beckert will oversee the Society's operations in 2017. ASTEE publishes a peer-reviewed open access journal (Journal of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners) and a regular newsletter. The Society also hosts networking receptions at professional meetings, sponsors free training workshops for members, and stimulates research into new ideas by offering scholarships to promising students in the field of trace evidence. Read More

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Recent Publications

Article: RI Variation Within Container Glass

This quarter's issue of The Microscope (V. 64, Second Quarter) features an article co-authored by Microtrace microscopist Joseph Insana and Patrick Buzzini of Sam Houston State University. In the article, entitled "The Differences Between Refractive Index Measurements of the External Surface and Bulk Area of Container Glass," the authors demonstrate that in some cases, the refractive index of glass (a prime optical characteristic used for distinguishing one glass from another) is not uniform, but instead shows differences depending upon the sampling area. Read More

National Commission on Forensic Science Invites Chris Palenik to Speak

Microtrace Senior Research Microscopist Chris Palenik was invited to address the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) on Monday in a session entitled "Scientific Foundations." Chris spoke on the scientific basis of trace evidence analysis and other non-routine forensic analyses, as well as the impact that recent reforms and popularized news have upon such analyses, including standardization, quality control, uniform reporting requirements, recent criticism of FBI hair analysis, and the Presidential Council on Science and Technology (PCAST) report. The conference was held at the Department of Justice Programs Building in Washington, DC on January 9-10, 2017. Read More

Chris Palenik Invited to Speak at INTERPOL on Counterfeiting

Chris Palenik has been invited to speak at the upcoming INTERPOL Forensic Science Managers Symposium from October 11-13, 2016. Chris will speak on "Supplementing Counterfeiting Investigations with Scientific Analysis." Read More

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