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Speaker Schedule

Inter/Micro 2017 Program Book

Following is the schedule for speaker presentations at Inter/Micro 2017. 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 and times are subject to change.


Monday, June 12 — Techniques and Instrumentation

MORNING SESSION, 9:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Chair: Andrew A. Havics — pH2, LLC

The Forensic Analysis of 3-D Printer Dust Particles
Kelly Brinsko Beckert — Microtrace, LLC

Raman Has Never Been So Sweet
Brendan Nytes — Microtrace, LLC

Fulgurites and Forensic Science: A Novel Application of Forensic Geology
Christopher S. Palenik — Microtrace, LLC

Validating a Raman Microspectrometer in an ISO-Accredited Forensic Laboratory
Andrew M. Bowen — U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Morning Break

Recent Advances in Raman Imaging Microscopy
Alexander Rzhevskii — Thermo Fisher Scientific

Contrast in Reflected Light Microscopy
Andrew A. Havics — pH2, LLC

Lunch, 12:10 – 2:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSION, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chair: John A. Reffner — John Jay College, CUNY

Observations on Temperature Variations in Liquid Mounts During Light Microscopical Investigations
Jan Burmeister

Takata Airbag Death No. 10 — Investigation to Determine Projectile Source
Richard S. Brown — MVA Scientific Consultants

A History of Ammonium Nitrate Disasters; Why is Ammonium Nitrate in My Car’s Airbag Inflator?
Richard S. Brown — MVA Scientific Consultants

Topics in Nonwoven Structures and Fibers
Walter J. Rantanen — SGS IPS Testing

Afternoon Break

A Forensic Microscopy Approach to Identifying Particulate Matter Observed in a Sterile Ophthalmic Solution on Stability
Mary Lee Ciolkowski — Pharma Technical Services, Bausch & Lomb, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals

“EXCELIBR”: An Excel Spreadsheet for Solving the Optical Orientation of Uniaxial and Biaxial Crystals
C.J. Steven — Geological Sciences, University of Idaho

An Excel(ent) Guide for Fiber Identification Using Polarized Light Microscopy
John A. Reffner — John Jay College CUNY

AN EVENING WITH BRIAN, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
100 Talks in 60 Minutes
Brian J. Ford — Caius College, University of Cambridge, U.K.


Tuesday, June 13 — Environmental and Industrial Microscopy

MORNING SESSION, 9:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Chair: Mickey Gunter — Geological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow

Application of Rietveld Refinement to Forensic Samples
Joseph Insana — Microtrace, LLC

Does it Fluoresce? Explorations in a Spectral World
Charles Mazel — NIGHTSEA

How Can We Measure “Shape”?
John C. Russ — North Carolina State University, Materials Science Department

Morning Break

Microscopical Analyses of Construction Products Derived from Industrial Waste
Arthur Struss – USG Corp. (retired)

Microscopy of Asbestos-Cement Pipe
James R. Millette — Millette Technical Consulting

ISO 22262: The International Standard for Determination of Asbestos in Bulk Materials
Eric J. Chatfield — Chatfield Technical Consulting Limited

Examples of Expert vs. Expert Civil Litigation Errors in Dealing with the Purported Asbestos Content of Talc
Mickey Gunter — Geological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow

Lunch, 12:10 – 2:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSION, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chair: Sebastian B. Sparenga — McCrone Research Institute

Look-Alikes Type 1: Objects Within an Order of Magnitude of Size
Andrew A. Havics — pH2, LLC

Microscopy in Polymer Product Development
John R. Reffner — Analytical Sciences, The Dow Chemical Company

Thermal Recombination of Clay Mineral Components of Ancient Mayan Ceramic Ware as a Means of Differentiating Indigenous Versus Tradeware Using X-ray Diffraction Analysis
Wayne C. Isphording — Tulane University, Department of Continuing Education

Afternoon Break

What Is This? The Peculiar Tale of a Food Contaminant
Jason C. Beckert — Microtrace, LLC

Microbe Power in a Prehistoric Pizza
Brian J. Ford — Caius College, University of Cambridge, U.K.

A Microscopical Trip Down Memory Lane: 40+ Years of McCrone Christmas Card Photomicrography
Sebastian B. Sparenga — McCrone Research Institute


Wednesday, June 14 — Chemical and Forensic Microscopy

MORNING SESSION, 9:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Chair: Skip Palenik — Microtrace, LLC

Torture Test: Microscopic Changes in Markings Made by a Tavor Rifle
Peter Diaczuk — Pennsylvania State University

Investigation of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
Peter Zoon — Netherlands Forensic Institute

Morning Break

Microcrystal Tests for the Detection of Butylone, Methylone, and Ethylone
Shan Mei Jones — University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate Program, in association with McCrone Research Institute

The Effect of Ultraviolet Radiation on the Microspectrophotometry (MSP) of Dyed Fibers — Phase 1
Meggan B. King — McCrone Research Institute

A Forensic Study of Known Toner Nanoparticles
Katie M. White — Microtrace, LLC*

Some Lesser Known Microchemists and a Look at Some of Their Work
Skip J. Palenik — Microtrace, LLC

Lunch, 12:10 – 2:00 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSION, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chair: JenaMarie Baldaino — FBI Laboratory, Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit, Visiting Scientist Program

Possible Degradation Mechanisms of Antemortem Hair Roots Containing Induced PMRB-Like Features
Barbara L. Fallon — Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit

The Trotter Collection: Microscopical Analysis of Human Scalp Hairs for 21st Century Research Questions
Sandra Koch — Pennsylvania State University, Department of Anthropology

Forensic Drug Identification by GC/MS and PLM
Andrew M. Bowen — U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Imaginary Microorganisms and Impossible Worlds
Brian J. Ford — Caius College, University of Cambridge, U.K.

Afternoon Break

Using SEM-EDS for Quantitative Forensic Glass Comparisons: Some Things to Think About
Thomas A. Kubic — John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY; Thomas A. Kubic and Associates

Morphology and Microanalysis of Aluminum Powders
JenaMarie Baldaino — FBI Laboratory, Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit, Visiting Scientist Program