Message from the Editor:

The Journal of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (JASTEE) is always on the lookout for high quality contributions. If you have been sitting on a great idea for a paper, or if you presented at one of the past regional forensic association meetings or trace evidence symposia but have never written up your paper for publication, now is the time to act. Everyone benefits when these papers are published and shared with the broader community through a peer reviewed format. We have big plans for JASTEE, but we cannot do it alone, so get writing, and contact Jeremy Morris if you have any questions at jeremiah.morris@jocogov.org.

Submission questions? See JASTEE's Guide for Authors and the JASTEE Article Template.

Article Title Authors Keywords Year Month Issue

A Make-Model-Year Case Involving Unusual Primer Chemistry and Good Resources

Diana M. Wright

Paint, Make-Model-Year Determination, Automotive Databases, FTIR, Benzoguanamine, PDQ

2010

December

1-2

A Method for Isolating Very Small Particles from Plastic Explosive Samples

Andrew M. Bowen

Composition C4, Dust, Explosives, Forensic Investigation, Plastic Explosives, Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM), Provenance, Scanning Electron Microscope-Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM/EDS), Small Particles, X-ray Diffraction (XRD)

2013

January

4-1

Analysis and discrimination of colored pressure sensitive tape backing by microspectrophotometry

Susan Gross, Joshua Jorstad

Colored Tape Backing, Microspectrophotometry, Duct Tape, Electrical Tape

2019

December

9-1

Analysis of Bicomponent Fibers Using Confocal Raman Mapping

Robyn Weimer, Jennifer Clary, Robert Heintz, Mark Wall

None

2012

August

3-1

Calcium oxalate crystal identification in kidney tissue

Larry Peterson

Ethylene glycol, kidney tissue, calcium oxalate crystals, refractive index, Fourier- transform infrared microspectroscopy (micro-FTIR)

2019

December

9-1

Changes Observed in Human Head Hairs Exposed to Heat

Katherine Igowsky, Elizabeth Pangerl

Hair, Burnt Hair, Heat Exposure, Hair Exposed to Heat, Forensic Hair Examinations, Microscopic, Hair Characteristics, Arson

2015

July

6-2

Chemical Properties of Selected Plastic-Tipped Bullets

Melisa C. Thompson, Cady A. Lancaster, Michele G. Banta, Crystal N. Hart, Michael D. Scanlan, Edgard O. Espinoza

Plastic-tipped Bullets, Ballistic-tip Ammo, FTIR, XRF, Discriminate Analysis

2012

August

3-1

Comparison of Nylon, Polyester, and Olefin Fibers using FTIR and Melting Point Analysis

Anne E. Kisler-Rao

Fiber, Nylon, Polyester, Olefin, FTIR, Melting Point

2015

January

6-1

Detection of Bullet v. Nail Damage to Textile Fabrics Using Polarized Light Microscopy

Katherine A. Roberts, Gregory Hogrebe, Galyn Fischer, Amanda R. Davis

Textile Fabrics, Ductile Fracture, Bullet and Nail Hole Damage, Fiber-end Deformation, Polarized Light Microscopy

2018

November

8-1

Differential Sampling of Contact Surfaces of Footwear to Separate Fractions of Loosely, Moderately and Tightly Held Particles

David A. Stoney, Paul L. Stoney

Differential Sampling, Footwear, Contact Surfaces, Particles

2017

March

7-1

Differentiation between Lip Cosmetics Using Raman Spectroscopy

P. Gardner, M.F. Bertino, Robyn Weimer

Cosmetics, Lip Gloss, Lip Balm, Raman

2015

January

6-1

Discrimination of Flat (Sheet) Glass Specimens Having Similar Refractive Indices Using Micro X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

Scott Ryland

Forensic, Glass Comparisons, Discrimination Study, X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

2011

December

2-1

Discrimination of Retail Black Spray Paints

Scott Ryland

Forensic, Comparisons, Paint, Spray Paint, Discrimination Study

2010

December

1-2

Discrimination Power of Automotive Paint Comparisons using a Paint Analytical Scheme

Amy Reynolds, Kevin Roberts, Alex Thompson, Emily Runt

Forensic Science, Trace Evidence, Automotive Paint, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Comparison Microscope, Paint Analysis

2018

November

8-1

Distinguishing Coal, Coke, and Other Black Particles

J.R. Millette, R.S. Brown, J.P. Kyle, W. Turner Jr., W. Hill, and W.R. Boltin

Opaque particles, coal, anthracite, bituminous, lignite, petroleum coke, peat

2010

June

1-1

Duct Tape Sourcing Examinations: Developing Investigative Leads using Multiple Resources

Diana M. Wright, Andria H. Mehltretter

Duct Tapes, Sourcing, FTIR, SEM/EDS, XRD, Py-GC/MS, Reference Collections

2013

January

4-1

Evaluation of Automotive Lenses for Forensic Applications by FTIR, PGC, and Raman Spectroscopy

Susan T. Gross, Robert Duevel, Jeffrey Wilson, José R. Almirall

Forensic Science, Plastics, Taillights, Automotive Lenses

2015

July

6-2

Evaluation of Duct Tape Physical Characteristics: Part I - Within-Roll Variability

Kiersten LaPorte, Robyn Weimer

forensic science, trace evidence, duct tape, within-roll variability, physical characteristics

2017

March

7-1

Evaluation of Refractive Index Values for Permount®

Larry Peterson

Permount®, Refractive Index

2017

March

7-1

Flexible Sealants – An Analysis

Steven Stone

Flexible Sealants, IR, SEM, Py-GC-MS, PLM

2015

January

6-1

Forensic Analysis and Discrimination of Duct Tapes

Andria H. Mehltretter, Maureen J. Bradley

Forensic Science, Trace Evidence, Duct Tape, Discrimination, Stereomicroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffractometry, Scanning Electron Microscopy / Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy

2012

August

3-1

Forensic Applications of Foraminifera

Andrew M. Bowen

Forensic geology, forensic geoscience, forensic soil analysis, microfossils, foraminifera

2010

December

1-2

Forensic Fiber Examination Guidelines: Fabric and Cordage

SWGMAT

None

2015

January

6-1

Forensic Fiber Examination Guidelines: Infrared Analysis of Textile Fibers

SWGMAT

None

2015

January

6-1

Glitter as a Source of Trace Evidence

Susan Gross, Katherine Igowsky, Elizabeth Pangerl

Glitter, Trace, Trace Evidence

2010

June

1-1

Glycol Ethers: A New Category of Oxygenated Solvents Encountered in Fire Debris Samples

Troy Ernst, Kevin Streeter

Fire Debris, Oxygenated Solvents, Glycol Ethers, DOWANOL, Scented Oils, Air Fresheners, GC/MS

2013

August

4-2

Guideline for Assessing Physical Characteristics in Forensic Tape Examinations

SWGMAT

None

2014

January

5-1

Guideline for Assessing Physical Characteristics in Forensic Tape Examinations

SWGMAT

None

2011

December

2-1

Guideline for Forensic Examination of Pressure Sensitive Tapes

SWGMAT

None

2011

December

2-1

Guideline for Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy in Forensic Tape Examinations

SWGMAT

None

2011

December

2-1

Guideline for Using Light Microscopy in Forensic Examinations of Tape Components

SWGMAT

None

2011

December

2-1

Guideline for Using Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy in Forensic Tape Examinations

SWGMAT

None

2011

December

2-1

Identification of a Cyclopentyl Nitrite Inhalant

Christopher R. Bommarito

Cyclopentyl Nitrite, Cyclopentyl Nitrate, Cyclopentanol, Butyl Nitrite, Poppers

2010

June

1-1

Identification of General Unknowns

Andrew M. Bowen

General Unknowns, Stereomicroscopy, Polarized Light Microscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Micro-spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy, Raman Micro-spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, Microchemistry

2010

June

1-1

Identification of Modern Automotive Paint Systems using Paint Data Query (PDQ): A Collaborative Study

Tamara Hodgins, Andrew Ho, Mark Sandercock

Automotive Paint, Paint Database, Paint Data Query, PDQ, Infrared Spectroscopy, FTIR, Collaborative Study

2015

December

6-3

Intra-Roll and Intra-Jumbo Roll Variation of Duct Tapes

Andria H. Mehltretter, Diana M. Wright, Joshua R. Dettman, Michael A. Smith

Duct Tape, Variation, Stereomicroscopy, Scrim Count, Width, Thickness, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Statistical Analysis, Jumbo Roll

2015

January

6-1

Little Variation Exists Between Laboratory Procedures for the Microscopical Examination of Human Hair

Nancy E. Murphy, Amy Reynolds, Adam B. Hall

Trace Evidence, Hair Analysis, Microscopical Hair Examination

2018

November

8-1

Measurement and Variation of UV Absorbers within Multi-Year Samples of Automotive Clear Coat Paint

Steven Stone, Margaret Barber, Ronald Wojciechowski, Paul Martin

None

2013

January

4-1

Microscopical Identification of 19th Century Corset Cording Fibers

Kelly M. Brinsko

Hair Degradation, Hair Identification, Human Remains, Skeleton, Cording, Binder, Historic Textiles, Fiber Identification, Fabric, Clothing, Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM), Stereomicroscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scale Casts, Chloroform, Norland Optical Adhesive (NOA)

2010

December

1-2

Microscopy of Feathers: A Practical Guide for Forensic Feather Identification

Carla J. Dove, Sandra L. Koch

Forensics, Feathers, Microscopy, Identification, Downy Barbs

2010

June

1-1

Microspectrophotometry (MSP) of Blood - An Update

Larry K. Peterson

Forensic Science, Microscopy, Microspectrophotometry, MSP, Blood

2010

June

1-1

Particle Combination Analysis for Predictive Source Attribution: Tracing a Shipment of Contraband Ivory

David A. Stoney, Andrew M. Bowen, Vaughn M. Bryant, Emily A. Caven, Matthew T. Cimino, Paul L. Stoney

None

2011

December

2-1

Plumbum Microraptus: Definitive Microscopic Indicators of a Bullet Hole in a Synthetic Fabric

Christopher S. Palenik, Skip Palenik, Peter Diaczuk

Ammunition, Backscattered Electron Imaging, Bullets, Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, Fabrics, Fibers, Firearms, Forensic Science, Fourier Transform Infrared Microspectroscopy, Lead, Primer Gunshot Residue, Polarized Light Microscopy, Secondary Electron Imaging, Scanning Electron Microscopy

2013

August

4-2

Plumbum Microraptus: Definitive Microscopic Indicators of a Bullet Hole in a Synthetic Fabric

Christopher S. Palenik, Skip Palenik, Peter Diaczuk

Ammunition, Backscattered Electron Imaging, Bullets, Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, Fabrics, Fibers, Firearms, Forensic Science, Fourier Transform Infrared Microspectroscopy, Lead, Primer Gunshot Residue, Polarized Light Microscopy, Secondary Electron Imaging, Scanning Electron Microscopy

2015

January

6-1

Seeing Color: Practical Methods in Pigment Microscopy

Christopher S. Palenik, Skip Palenik

Pigments, Paints, Fibers, Cosmetics, Forensic, Trace Evidence, Automotive, Architectural, Cross Sections, Smears, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)

2015

July

6-2

Standard Guide for Using Infrared Spectroscopy in Forensic Paint Examinations

SWGMAT

None

2011

December

2-1

Standard Guide for Using Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography and Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry in Forensic Paint Examinations

SWGMAT

None

2014

January

5-1

Standard Guide for Using Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography and Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry in Forensic Tape Examinations

SWGMAT

None

2014

January

5-1

Study of Transfer and Persistence of Glass in a Mock Kidnapping Case

Katrina Rupert, Mandy Ho, Tatiana Trejos

Glass Evidence, Glass Persistence, Glass Transfer, Trace Evidence, Vehicle Glass

2018

November

8-1

Synthetic Wig Fibers: Analysis & Differentiation from Human Hairs

Holly Long, Sarah Walbridge-Jones, Kacie Lundgren

Wigs, Wig Fibers, Hairs, MSP, FTIR, Cross-sections, Scale Casts, PLM, Microscopy

2014

January

5-1