SCIX 2015 invites Chris Palenik to give keynote lecture

forensic microscopy observation scix


SciX (The Great Scientific Exchange) has invited Chris Palenik to present a keynote lecture for its 2015 conference. He will address the attendees on Monday morning, September 28th.

Chris will speak on “Forensic Microscopy and the Lost Art of Observation.” The talk will discuss the logical elegance and practical benefits that a non-scripted but thoughtful microscopical examination can offer to any scientific investigation- academic, industrial or forensic.



SciX is national meeting of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. It is the premier annual conference for scientists in analytical chemistry and its allied sciences. SciX 2015 will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island from September 27th to October 2, 2015. It is presented by FACSS (Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies).


Observation in the philosophy of Microtrace

Virtually any material has the potential to play a significant role in a criminal trial, civil litigation, or an internal quality investigation. Yet the ability to exploit evidence- particularly trace particles- requires both the technical skills to analyze it and the creativity to determine its significance.

In a world of protocols and standardized methods, the free-form observation platform of microscopy is often discouraged, dismissed, or explicitly limited. The flow-chart approach, because of its pre-determined format, cannot account for all the twists and turns encountered in the analysis of real-world materials. Instead, scientific investigations need to be refined by each new observation or fact. Case after case illustrates, often in dramatic fashion, the value and elegance of the microscopical approach to a wide range of real world problems. When used today, in concert with other microanalytical methods, this approach affords higher resolution, greater detection limits, and wider scope of applicability than ever before possible.

From its founding, Microtrace has always emphasized the art of observation. To that end, we approach problems as research scientists. We balance imagination, ingenuity, and curiosity with a healthy skepticism, common sense, and conservatism in interpretation.

It is our goal to provide our clients with real, accurate, and demonstrable answers to their most difficult analytical problems in an objective and rigorously scientific manner. We support all of our conclusions with images, data and facts. We believe that each challenge we meet better prepares us to solve the next problem that comes our way.

If you have an interesting problem that you would like us to look into, please contact us.

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