​Scientific Presentations

2013 American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS)

February 18-23, 2013 Washington, D.C.


Retrospective Study of Skull Fractures Observed Following Terminal Falls

Jennifer C. Love, Ph.D.

Use of Silver Nitrate Stain to Visualize Microanatomical Features in Decalcified Bone Cross-Sections

Deborrah C. Pinto, Ph.D.

Testing a New Computer-Assisted Forensic Identification Method Developed Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Michelle H. Raxter, Ph.D.


Toxicology Results of Drivers of Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents in Harris County, Texas in 2011

Fessessework G. Guale, DVM

Simultaneous Analysis of Opiates and Acetaminophen With Noscapine Monitoring

Michael Chen, Ph.D.

Detection of Volatiles in Postmortem Samples by Headspace Gas Chromatography With Mass Spectrometry

Charlotte A. Baker, Ph.D.

Stability of Synthetic Cathinones (Bath Salts) in Toxicology Specimens

Jeffrey P. Walterscheid, Ph.D.


The Contribution of a Digital Fingerprint Protocol to the Medicolegal and Mass Fatality Contexts

Jason M. Wiersema, Ph.D.

Blast Injuries in a Non-Military Setting: Findings and Future Implications

Pramod Gumpeni, M.D.

Ruptured Intracerebral Arteriovenous Malformations, Hypertensive Cardiovascular Disease, and Acute Hypertensive Effects of Stimulants: Is There a Direct Link?

Dwayne A. Wolf, M.D., Ph.D.

Routine Postmortem Cultures in Infant Autopsies: A Four Year Experience

Kristin C. Escobar Alvarenga, M.D.


Independent Validation Test of Microscopic Saw Mark Analysis

Jennifer C. Love, Ph.D.


Evaluation of Half Reaction Volumes of the AmpFlSTR® Identifier® Plus Forensic Amplification Kit in STR Analysis

Rebecca S. Mikulasovich, M.S.

Comparative Evaluation of Methods to Remove Exogenous DNA From Tooth Samples

Kelly DeSouza, B.S.

Results of DNA Processing of Unselected Sexual Assault Evidence

Sarah Kelley, B.S.

Evaluation of Pressure Cycling Treatment on Barocycler® NEP3229 for Extraction of Low Template Forensic DNA Samples

Rebecca S. Mikulasovich, M.S.


Assisted Suicide and the Next of Kin Rights

Bethany L. Bless, M.S.

Managing Mass Fatality Incident Response: Concept of Operations and Field Operating Guides for an Integrated Regional Response to Mass Fatality Incidents

David A. Boyer, MFS

No Family Left Alone: The Family Assistance Unit Within the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

Bethany L. Bless, M.S.


Beyond the Numbers: An Objective Approach to Forensic Toxicological Interpretation

Kathryn H. Haden-Pinneri, M.D. (Presenter)

Bones and Children: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Forensic Issues

Kathryn H. Haden-Pinneri, M.D. (Co-Chair and Presenter) | Jennifer C. Love, Ph.D. (Presenter)

Principles and Applications of Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) for the Forensic Toxicologist
Jeffrey P. Walterscheid, Ph.D. (Chair and Presenter) | Michael Chen, Ph.D. (Presenter)