News from Microtrace

X-Ray Imaging (Radiography)

Microtrace's portable x-ray imaging system is a versatile instrument that allows our scientists to scan samples of any size quickly for hidden contaminants. This instrument can assist in a wide-range of analyses from art and antiquity authentication to product contamination in manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and food industries, and even to forensic cases. Read More

American Laboratory Cover Image by Kelly Beckert

The photomicrograph featured on this month's cover of American Laboratory was captured by Microtrace research microcopist Kelly Brinsko Beckert. Entitled "Grandma's Wallpaper," the image shows the positive result of a microcrystal test for Oxycodone, Read More

Beyond Reasonable Doubt Looks at Microtrace’s Role in Solving the Green River Murders

This Friday, June 2nd at 9PM ET/PT, CNN Headline News will broadcast the series premiere of Beyond Reasonable Doubt- a series which looks at cases that were ultimately solved by advances in forensic science. Microtrace founder Skip Palenik will discuss Microtrace's pivotal role in solving the Green River Murders. Read More

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Recent Publications

See Breadth of Microtrace at Inter/Micro 2017

This week, microscopists from around the world gathered in Chicago for Inter/Micro 2017- the premier international microscopy conference. Seven Microtrace scientists presented papers during the symposium. Read More

Skip Palenik to Lead Workshop on Trace Evidence in Animal Abuse Cases

On Monday, May 15th, Microtrace founder Skip Palenik will lead a one-day workshop on the role of trace evidence in the investigation and prosecution of animal abuse casework. Read More

Skip Palenik Interviewed on FBI Mishandling of Hair Evidence

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism recently published a nationally syndicated article covering the FBI's much-publicized mishandling of hair evidence in the 1980s and 1990. The article features an interview with Microtrace founder Skip Palenik on the FBI's treatment of hair evidence, as well as the uses and limitations of hair comparison and analysis. Read More

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