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After Christmas, Christmas Party!!!
Microscopy: My professional hobby

Presentation by Dr. Chris Palenik of Microtrace, LLC
Friday, January 23, 2015

To be held at

McCrone Research Institute
2820 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

6:00 PM: Local Barbecue and beverages ~ Tariff ~ $20

Contact Freddie Smith for Reservations / Cancellations at 312-842-7100 or Freddie@mcri.org by Noon WEDNESDAY, January 21, 2015
Please note that this is a special catered event and we do need final numbers a few days in advance.

7:00 PM: Presentation
As many of you know, Chris was fortunate to grow up with his father’s microscopy laboratory in their home’s basement, which was remarkably equipped for microscopy and microchemistry. Through the double doors of this custom built, subterranean laboratory came a litany of childhood experiences with fascinating people from around the world and countless applications of scientific problem solving. Ultimately, it was the practical nature of this problem solving coupled with the breadth of technical and theoretical science needed to address these questions that had a profound impact on his own career path. In the course of this short evening, Chris will share some of the memories and science (both elegant and amusing) that drew him to the hobby of microscopy which he now calls his profession.

Bio Sketch: Dr. Christopher Palenik is a Research Microscopist and Vice President of Microtrace where he enjoys answering practical questions through the examination of microscopic trace evidence. Chris has carried out research in forensic laboratories around the world including the Bundeskriminalamt in Germany (the German Federal Police Crime Laboratory), the Internal Revenue Service National Forensic Laboratory, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His graduate work spanned the disciplines of geology, mineralogy, chemistry, materials science, and nuclear engineering. Chris serves on the North Carolina Forensic Science Laboratory Advisory board and was recently (2014) appointed to the National Institute of Standards OSAC Trace Evidence Subcommittee.


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