Tuesday Workshop

Instrumental Chromatographic Separation Techniques for Forensic Analyses: Application to the Analysis of Emerging Drugs. Chair: Ira S. Lurie, PhD


Wednesday CRIMINALISTICS Poster Presentation

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. B33 Application of Gas Chromatography-Vacuum Ultraviolet (GC-VUV) Spectroscopy in the Analysis of Synthetic Cathinones

Angelica D. Szewczak, BS*; Cory A. Vaught, BSc; Jonathan P. Smuts, PhD; Walter F. Rowe, PhD; Ira S. Lurie, PhD


Thursday Platform Presentation

Questioned Documents 2

2:10 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. J11 Direct Sample Analysis/Mass Spectrometry (DSA/MS) vs. Separation MS Techniques for the Analysis of Writing Inks

Mehdi Moini, PhD*; Lucy Nguyen, MS


Thursday CRIMINALISTICS Poster Presentation

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. B67 The Applicability of Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) Spectroscopy as a Gas Chromatography (GC) Detection Technique for Synthetic Cannabinoids

Cory A. Vaught, BSc*; Angelica D. Szewczak, BS; Walter F. Rowe, PhD; Jonathan P. Smuts, PhD; Ira S. Lurie, PhD


Friday Platform Presentations:


Session I: Drug Chemistry: Part 2

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. B115 Improving Qualitative Synthetic Cathinone Identification by Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) Using Cold Electron Ionization (Cold-EI)

Matthew P. Levitas, BS*; Emily Andrews, MFS; Ira S. Lurie, PhD; Ioan Marginean, PhD


9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. B116 Using Coupled Columns With Ultra High-Performance Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (UHPSFC) for the Analysis of Synthetic Cathinones

Lauriane Tremeau-Cayel*; Ira S. Lurie, PhD


10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. B118 Ultraviolet (UV) Spectra of Synthetic Cathinones: Resurrecting an Old Technique

Walter F. Rowe, PhD*; Stephanie R. Carnes, BS; Ioan Marginean, PhD; Ira S. Lurie, PhD


Trace Evidence and Chemical Problems:  Part 1

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. B122 Forensic Analysis of Trash Bags:  Part I — Microscopical Discrimination of       Trash Bags

Deanna-Kaye D. Daley*; Morgan M. Clothier, BS; Walter F. Rowe, PhD


11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. B123 Forensic Analysis of Trash Bags:  Part II — Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR)        Spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)

Morgan M. Clothier, BS*; Deanna-Kaye D. Daley; Walter F. Rowe, PhD


Criminalistics Believe It or Not!

7:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. B173 The Identification of Silk Forgeries

Mehdi Moini, PhD*; Christopher M. Rollman, MFS


Friday CRIMINALISTICS Poster Presentation

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. B132 Protein Profiling of Decedent Scalp Hairs to Investigate the Potential Mechanisms for the Formation of Postmortem Root Bands

Joseph Donfack, PhD*; Mehdi Moini, PhD; Traci L. Carlson, MS; Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD; Lee Meadows Jantz, PhD; Hilda S. Castillo, PhD; Nicholas R. Vercruysse, BA; Jack Hietpas, PhD; JoAnn Buscaglia, PhD; Brian Eckenrode, PhD





Forensic Biology


Katherine Hargett will be presenting a poster: The use of Proximity Ligation Assays Coupled with Real-Time PCR as a Detection Method for Proteins within Blood for Forensic Analysis.


Kelly Long1, Katrina Maddela1, Selena Cisana1, Lindsay Bennett PhD1, Moses Schanfield PhD1,  Kenneth Kidd PhD2, and Daniele Podini PhD1  Will be presenting: Microhaplotypes: A Possible Indicator of Biogeographic Ancestry in Forensic Samples, Also attached



Rebecca Walter: An Evaluation of the Discriminatory Power, Ancestry Prediction, and Practical Considerations of the ForenSeq™ DNA Signature Prep Kit Against Traditional Short Tandem Repeat-Capillary Electrophoresis (STR-CE) Methods    (Oral presentation)


Sara Riman will be giving an oral presentation titled: Proximity Ligation Real-Time PCR (PLiRT-PCR), a Protein-Based Confirmatory Method, for Processing Sexual Assault Kit Samples for Semen and Sperm Cells



Linsday Bennett will be giving an oral presentation titled:The Use of Microhaplotypes in the Analysis of and deconvolution of mixed DNA samples




AAFS 2017 Presentations by GWU Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology Students and Faculty