Microtrace to present at National Institute of Justice Symposium



Microtrace will be well-represented at the National Institute of Justice’s Impression, Pattern, and Trace Evidence Symposium this August.

On the 25th, Skip and Chris Palenik will co-present the workshop “Petrographic identification of soil minerals,” and on the 27th, you can watch Chris’s talk, “Decreasing the Scale and Increasing the Scope of Trace Evidence,” streamed live on the web. Two other Microtrace-related papers will be presented at the symposium by master’s student Barb Fallon and Ph.D. student Kristie Scott, who conducted much of their research while interning at Microtrace.

Topics of the symposium include the latest developments and challenges in fingerprint, shoeprint, and tire tread evidence; questioned documents; bloodstain pattern analysis; biometrics; firearms and toolmarks; digital photography; fibers, paint, tape and other types of evidence; and calculation of error rate, testimony, interpretation/reporting, case studies, and technology applications. IPTES will feature one full day of workshops and two full days of plenary and poster sessions, including federal updates.

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ)—the research, development, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice—and its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence are sponsoring the Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium (IPTES) to be held in San Antonio, TX. The symposium is specifically designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern and trace evidence, law enforcement and legal communities. The Symposium will also provide unique educational opportunities for forensic examiners in the disciplines of impression, pattern and trace evidence.

More details can be found here.

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