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The Role of the Comparison Microscope in the Modern Crime Laboratory

by William Demuth

FRIDAY, October 25, 2013

To be held at

McCrone Research Institute
2820 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

6:30 PM: Food & Beverages ~ Italian Beef ~ Tariff ~ $15.00
Contact Freddie Smith for Reservations / Cancellations at 312-842-7100 or Freddie@mcri.org by Noon Thursday, October 24, 2013

7:30 PM: Presentation
As a forensic scientist specialized in firearms and toolmark analysis, one of Mr. Demuth's primary tools is the comparison microscope. His presentation will give the audience a brief overview of the comparison microscope to include its history and how it came to be used in forensics. The presentation will also include a short synopsis of the type of work the firearms and toolmarks section performs as well as how the comparison microscope is employed in the modern crime laboratory

Bio Sketch:
Mr. Demuth is the firearms and toolmarks training coordinator for the Illinois State Police. He is also a court qualified forensic scientist specializing in firearms and toolmark. Mr. Demuth holds a BS degree Northern Illinois University. He served two years on active duty with the US Army as an M1 Abrams Armor Crewman and an additional five years in the Illinois Army National Guard as an Indirect Fire Infantryman. Mr. Demuth is an active member of both the Scientific Working Group for Firearms and Toolmarks (SWGGUN) and the Association of Firearm and Toolmarks Examiners (AFTE) while currently serving as the AFTE’s Standardization and Training Committee Chair. He provides lectures and oversees laboratory activities for the firearms and toolmark component UIC Master of Science program in forensic science. He is also a recurring guest lecturer for forensic classes at local universities.

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