Chemistry Seminar: Thomas Barnes, “Forensic Laboratory – Challenges and Opportunities”

This Week's Chemistry Department Seminar speaker is

Thomas Barnes 
Laboratory Director

Oregon State Police - Portland Metro Forensic Laboratory 

“Forensic Laboratory – Challenges and Opportunities”

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019
4:15 pm Seminar begins
Biology 19

Abstract: This seminar will explore the various disciplines (Chemistry, Biology, DNA, Toxicology, Firearms, Latent Print, Trace Evidence and Field Investigation) within a full service Forensic Analytical Laboratory. The variety of evidence submitted along with the constraints of the legal system creates unusual challenges for scientist during analysis but also create opportunities to explore and expand analytical knowledge and techniques. Forensic Scientists utilize a full range of instrumentation from microscopy to spectroscopy. Historically forensics was strictly a comparative science but due to ever changing technology advances and access to numerous individual data bases we are now able provide investigative leads related to DNA, paint, fingerprints, bullets and cartridge casings. We use various robotic systems to minimize repetitive tasks while increasing throughput and allowing scientists to focus on interpretation of analytical test results.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Biology, 19
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public, Staff

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