Monday July 30, AM Workshops

W49: Forensic Microscopy: How to Use a Microscope in Forensic Science

Gina Ammerman, IUPUI
Jay Siegel, IUPUI

This workshop will include hands on exercises in learning how to use different types of microscopes to examine forensic evidence.   Microscopy is sometimes an over looked technique that can be used in analyzing different types of trace evidence, such as hairs, fiber, paint chips, white powders, soils, glass, and other materials.  There are different types of microscopes that can yield different optical information from trace materials that are simple to learn and perform.  This half day workshop will use different types of microscopes that can commonly be found in a secondary school science class.  The specific forensic application of hair analysis will be taught during the session.  Different types of microscopic characteristics of hair will be examined.  The main objectives of the workshop will include distinguishing general hair characteristics and to be able to demonstrate differences between human and animal hair, look at the differences between bod y locations of human hairs, as well as differences in racial characteristics of human hair.  These activities will be easy to incorporate into a secondary level science course and be enjoyable for students to look at their own hairs under a microscope; 3-hour session.

Intended Audience:  HS

$25 fee; limit of 20 participants

Monday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 333 WML
Monday, July 30, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 333 WML

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