Michael J. McVicar
Assistant Section Head - Chemistry at Ctr of Forensic Sciences
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Program Committee | Instructor
Conference Committee Involvement (4)
Scanning Microscopies 2015
29 September 2015 | Monterey, California, United States
Scanning Microscopies 2014
16 September 2014 | Monterey, California, United States
Scanning Microscopies 2013: Advanced Microscopy Technologies for Defense, Homeland Security, Forensic, Life, Environmental, and Industrial Sciences
30 April 2013 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Scanning Microscopies 2012: Advanced Microscopy Technologies for Defense, Homeland Security, Forensic, Life, Environmental, and Industrial Sciences
24 April 2012 | Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Course Instructor
SC954: Scanning Microscopy in Forensic Science
This one day short course will be devoted to the use of scanning microscopies including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), scanning optical profilometry, and energy dispersive x-ray (EDS) and x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry to forensic sample analyses including counter terrorism, explosives, pyrotechnics, counterfeit drugs and food and product tampering. The course is presented in four sections. Section one will provide the students with an understanding of the value and pitfalls of relying on instrument software in the examination of varying samples types and analysis conditions. Emphasis will be place on issues of instrument quality assurance including calibration, operation and understanding your instrument's data and compliance with certification organizations including ISO and ASCLD/LAB. Section two will be devoted to a presentation of sample handling and preparation as well as "unknown white powder" case analyses and other cases involving counterfeit drugs, food and product tampering. Section three will cover the issues of gunshot residue (GSR) analysis and more "unknown white powder" analyses related to pyrotechnic devices and flares as well as a presentation on improvised acid/foil bombs. Section four will include additional approaches to the analyses of "unknown white powder" cases so common today, the capabilities of a forensic laboratory in supporting emergency responders, and a number of illustrative case histories. Additional topics may cover a Scientific Working Group on Gun Shot Residue (SWGGSR) update report and perspective on instant shooter GSR kits. This course will be jointly presented by four instructors, all recognized experts in their respective area of scanning microscopy and applications to forensic science.
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