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Capstone Research: Forensic Shoeprint Development Techniques

Shoeprint_GroupThe WVU Shoeprint Research Team (comprised of (back row left-to-right) Danielle Cress, (PI Speir), Taylor Moreland, (front row left-to-right), Erin Lindsey, Ashley Palach, Chelsea Johnson and Ellen Shular) analyzed more than 360 shoeprints, and 3,420 accidental features in an effort to better understand the strengths and weaknesses associated with various exemplar development techniques (including oil-based ink, Handiprint adhesive, clear adhesive, Magna brush/magnetic powder, and roller transport film). The project examined the impact of technique, analyst, and the interaction between technique and analyst on the successful reproduction and clarity of previously identified accidental features on 12 different outsoles. The results will be finalized in a pending technical report (check back for more details).

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Recent Student Research Activities

 

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Posters & Presentations

Khalil, M., Speir, J. and N.D.K. Petraco.   Assessing the Degree of Similarity between Accidental Patterns on Shoeprints Associated with Wearers that Participate in Shared and Independent Activities.  Presentation: American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Meeting.  Washington, D.C., 2013.

Speir, J., Hietpas, J. and Fikes, T. Fast Fourier Transformation and Frequency Filtering to Suppress Background Noise in Fingerprint Evidence: Quantifying the Fidelity of Digitally Enhanced Fingerprint Evidence. Online Poster: Impression & Pattern Evidence Symposium (IPES), Clearwater Beach, Florida, 2012.

Lee, M. and Speir, J. Assessing the Fidelity of a Semi-Automated Shoeprint Classi cation Algorithm. Poster: Impression & Pattern Evidence Symposium (IPES), Clearwater Beach, Florida, 2012.

Phillips, E. and Speir, J. Dispersion Staining and the Christiansen E ect as a Means of Detecting Heat-Induced Changes in Glass Refractive Index. Poster: Pennsylvania Academy of Science (PAS) Annual Meeting. Allentown, Pennsylvania, 2012.

Khalil, M. and Speir, J. Assessing the Degree of Similarity between Accidental Patterns on Shoeprints Associated with Wearers that Participate in Shared and Independent Activities. Poster: American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia, 2012.

Fikes, T. and Speir, J. Fast Fourier Transformation and Frequency Filtering to Suppress Background Noise in Fingerprint Evidence. Poster: Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS) Annual Meeting. Newport, Rhode Island, 2011. Best Poster” Award.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Recent Student Research Activities

 

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Student Graduate Research Grant

Manal

Manal Khalil was recently awarded a grant from the National Institute of Justice and the Forensic Sciences Foundation for research entitled “The Degree of Similarity Between Accidental Patterns on Shoeprints Associated with Wearers that Participate in Shared and Independent Activities”.   

Congratulations, Manal!

Manal has a Master of Science in Forensic Science from Cedar Crest College.  She currently works as a Crime Scene Technician in High Point, North Carolina.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Recent Student Research Activities

 
 
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