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Training Development and Delivery Programs

This work is designed as an introductory-intermediate course to the forensic examination of trace evidence and is a version of the live hands-on training workshops offered at FIU in 2011 and 2012. The purpose of this online version is to disseminate the training material to forensic examiners.

  • How to Access the Free Online Materials (FIU Faculty/Staff/Students)
    1. Click this catalog link
    2. Click "Authenticate" and enter your FIU username and password
    3. Select on the left-hand side any of the following courses in the Trace Evidence Analysis Facility folder:
      • Elemental Analysis of Forensic Evidence with a Focus on Interpretation of the Evidence
      • Forensic Examination of Glass Evidence
      • Forensic Examination of Paint, Tapes and Adhesives
      • Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Scientists
    4. Click the icon on the right-hand side to listen to any of the videos/lectures
  • How to Access the Free Online Materials (Non-FIU Visitors)
    1. Email sjantzi@fiu.edu to request your password and username
    2. Click this catalog link
    3. Click "Use a Mediasite login" and enter your username and password
    4. Select on the left-hand side any of the following courses in the Trace Evidence Analysis Facility folder:
      • Elemental Analysis of Forensic Evidence with a Focus on Interpretation of the Evidence
      • Forensic Examination of Glass Evidence
      • Forensic Examination of Paint, Tapes and Adhesives
      • Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Scientists
    5. Click the icon on the right-hand side to listen to any of the videos/lectures
  • Contact

    Contact the instructors with any questions or requests for additional materials:

    José R. Almirall, PhD
    Director, Center for Advanced Research in Forensic Science
    Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    almirall@fiu.edu | 305-348-3917

    Sarah Jantzi, PhD
    Facility Manager, Trace Evidence Analysis Facility
    Email: sjantzi@fiu.edu | 305-348-0001

  • Copyright Notice, Federal Disclaimer and Notice of Federal Funding

    These training materials are published as part of the dissemination strategies for a National Institute of Justice grant (2010-DN-BX-K264, Instrumental Analysis of Trace Evidence Workshops) awarded to Florida International University.

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Materials

  • Elemental Analysis of Forensic Evidence

    This course reviews the basic principles and practical aspects of the application of different techniques for forensic elemental analysis of trace evidence, including XRF, SEM-EDS, ICP-MS, LA-ICP-MS and LIBS. A critical evaluation of the limitations and capabilities of these techniques, such as sampling procedures, sample preparation methods, quality control, data analysis and interpretation of results, is included. Lectures will include a review of the fundamentals of the above techniques and their application to the analysis of different trace evidence such as glass, paint, soil and biological matrices. The course will be focused on forensic aspects of statistical data, treatment match criteria, and interpretation of elemental analysis.

  • Examination and Comparison of Glass Evidence

    This course will be suitable as an introduction to forensic examiners with no or little experience in glass analysis, and also as a continuing education tool for intermediate-level examiners. Following the completion of these online materials, participants will be familiar with theoretical and practical aspects of different techniques for the forensic analysis of glass such as refractive index (GRIM), XRF, LIBS, LA-ICP-MS, and ICP-MS.

  • Forensic Examination of Paint, Tapes, and Adhesives

    This course will be suitable as an introduction to forensic examiners with some experience in polymer, paint, and adhesive analysis and also as a continuing education tool for intermediate-level examiners. This course will provide a thorough introduction to forensic examination of these materials including fundamentals on instrumental analysis (FTIR, XRD, XRF, SEM, ICP methods, Pyr-GCMS, microscopy), handling and sample preparation, manufacture and composition, end-use applications, terminology, ASTM and SWGMAT standard methods of analysis, interpretation and evidential significance, validation studies on discrimination power, databases and sample collections, report writing, interpretation and expert opinion.

  • Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Scientists

    This course will be suitable as an introduction to forensic examiners with some experience in mass spectrometry and also as a continuing education tool for advanced-level examiners. This workshop offers a basic description of the processes and techniques involved in creating, controlling and measuring elemental or molecular ionic species by mass spectrometry techniques and its application to forensic sample analyses. Topics covered in the course include: a) Theory of mass spectrometry, b) Methods of ionization, c) Instrument Design and Operation, d) Combined Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry, e) Quantitative aspects of mass spectrometry. Case studies are also presented to exemplify some of the applications of mass spectrometry to trace evidence and forensic science.