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Examination of Fibers, Hairs and Personal Lubricants - Recorded Seminar at the NIJ 2015 Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium

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August 2015
2 pages

This online registration page for the "On-Demand" course entitled "Examination of Fibers, Hairs and Personal Lubricants" presents a course description, the recommended audience, course accreditation, and background information on presenters.


The course sponsor is the National Institute of Justice's (NIJ's) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence. The course, which lasts approximately 1.7 hours, was originally presented at the 2015 Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium under the section on Law Enforcement Training, Forensic Sciences, and Forensic Technology. The recommended audience for the course is forensic practitioners; a certificate is presented to those who complete the course. The course consists of five presentations. The characterization of vectran LPC fibers is discussed by Thomas J. Hopen of the Forensic Science Laboratory of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The examination of the effects of environmental degradation on the optical properties of manufactured fibers of natural origin is discussed by Meggan King of the McCrone Research Institute. The importance of fibers population studies to forensic science is discussed from a perspective based on a population study from the London Metropolitan Area. C'atia Pontedeira of London South Bank University is the presenter. The prevalence of "forcibly removed" hairs produced by hair combing is discussed by Christine McCarthy of the Centre of Forensic Sciences. The characterization of personal lubricants using direct analysis in real time - time of flight mass spectrometry is discussed by Mark Maric of the Department of Chemistry and the National Center for Forensic Science, University of Central Florida.

Date Published: August 1, 2015