Forensic Analysis of New and Emerging Fibers
This week (20-24 September 2021), the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS) and the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE) will hold their annual meetings in Pocono Manor, PA. On Wednesday (September 22) Microtrace Research Scientist Kelly Brinsko Beckert will present a workshop to the joint meeting, entitled “Forensic Analysis of New and Emerging Fibers.” Brinsko Beckert will discuss manufacturing processes for new types of fibers, as well as, methods for characterization and identification. The workshop is sponsored by ASTEE and supported by Leica Microsystems and Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Microtrace teaches a variety of customized short courses to meet the needs of forensic laboratories, industrial microscopy laboratories, and students seeking advanced skills in microanalysis. All courses emphasize practical techniques suitable for immediate implementation. Clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies and forensic laboratories around the world including: the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Forensic Science Service (United Kingdom), Forensic Science Foundation, United States Customs, and Pakistan National Forensic Laboratory.
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This workshop will describe new and emerging fiber types and fabric constructions, including their impact on forensic fiber identifications. Manufacturing methods, new fiber applications, and coating technologies will be discussed. The class will also detail the forensic identification of such fibers and fabrics based on their optical properties, as well as offer suitable instrumental methods that may assist the examiner during analysis or fiber comparisons. Students will use stereomicroscopes, PLMs, and infrared microspectroscopy to examine and characterize various fibers. Some fiber samples will also be available for students to keep.
The mission of MAAFS is to encourage the exchange and dissemination of ideas and information within the fields of recognized forensic sciences through improving contacts between persons and laboratories engaged in the forensic sciences; to stimulate research and the development of new and/or improved techniques; and, to promote high standards of performance and facilitate professional acknowledgment of persons working in recognized forensic science disciplines.
ASTEE consists of 400 forensic practitioners, professors, students, and researchers from around the world, who share a common goal of advancing the various disciplines in the field of trace evidence analyses. Founded in 2009, the organization aims to:
- Encourage the exchange and dissemination of ideas and information within the fields of trace evidence through improving contacts between persons and laboratories engaged in trace evidence analysis
- Stimulate research and the development of new and/or improved scientific techniques for forensic trace applications.
- Promote high standards of performance and professional ethics and acknowledge persons working in the recognized forensic science field of trace evidence.