​Scientific Presentations

2016 American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS)

February 22-27, 2016 Las Vegas, NV


Infant Bone Health: An evaluation of quantitative ultrasound
Miriam E. Soto-Martinez, Ph.D. | Jennifer C. Love, Ph.D. | Weilu Han, MPH | Poster Session

The Status of Unidentified Decedent Cold Cases at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences from 1957 to 2015
Cate E. Bird, Ph.D. | Sharon M. Derrick, Ph.D. | Deborrah C. Pinto, Ph.D. | Jason M. Wiersema, Ph.D. | Jennifer C. Love, Ph.D.

The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board Accreditation of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences’ Forensic Anthropology Division
Christian Crowder, Ph.D. | Michal L. Pierce, M.S. | Luis A. Sanchez, M.D.


“I Dropped Acid.” “No, You Didn’t.” A Retrospective Study of NBOMe Emergence in Harris County, Texas
Warren C. Samms, Ph.D. | Donna E. Williams, B.S. | Kay McClain, B.S. | Poster Presentation

Total Imaging Analysis of Paint
William M. Davis, Ph.D. | Roger Kahn, Ph.D.

Identification of Regioisomers Via Gas Chromatography Coupled with Vapor-Phase Infrared Detection
Janice L. Aleman, B.S. | Jesse M. Zavala, M.S. | Kyle E. Vircks, M.S. | Warren C. Samms, Ph.D.

Characterization of Performance-Enhancing Peptides via Ambient Ionization Time-of-Flight/Mass Spectrometry
Kyle E. Vircks, M.S. | Jesse M. Zavala, M.S. | Robert B. Cody, Ph.D. | Warren C. Samms, Ph.D. | Roger Kahn, Ph.D.

Success Rates from Touch DNA in Property Crimes
Tammy Taylor, M.S. | Michael A. Donley, M.S. | Diana Gonzales, M.S. | Nikia S. Redmond, MSFS | Katherine Welch, MSFS | Roger Kahn, Ph.D.


The Value in Integrating Emergency Management and Forensic Death Investigation at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
Jason Wiersema, Ph.D. | Allison Woody, M.S. | Phong Nguyen, B.S. | Roxanne Phatak, M.S. | Poster Presentation

Smartphone Uses in Medicolegal Death Investigation
Kathryn H. Haden-Pinneri, M.D. | Bethany L. Bless, M.S. | Poster Presentation

An Application of Gunshot Residue as Trace Evidence
Jason L. Schroeder, M.S., MBA | William M. Davis, Ph.D. | Roger Kahn, Ph.D.

Motor Vehicle Crash or Auto-Pedestrian: Are stranded motorists left “stranded?”
Stacy A. Drake, MPH, Ph.D. | Dwayne A. Wolf, M.D., Ph.D. | Poster Presentation


Nerve Root and Dorsal Root Ganglia Hemorrhage as an Indicator of Pediatric Traumatic Head Injury
Marianne E Beynon, M.D. | Miriam E. Soto-Martinez, Ph.D. | Jo Elle G. Peterson | Jennifer C. Love, Ph.D. | Dwayne A. Wolf, M.D., Ph.D. | Glenn D. Sandberg, M.D.

Defining “Mass Fatality Incident” for Medicolegal Jurisdictions in the United States: A planning tool
Jason M. Wiersema, Ph.D. | Allison Woody, M.S. | Frank DePaolo, B.S. | Emily Carroll | Adriana M. Fernandez, B.S. | Rachel Canfield, B.A. | Poster Presentation

Custodial Suicides: A review of suicides of incarcerated persons investigated by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences over a 10-year period
Sara N. Doyle, M.D. | Sharon M. Derrick, Ph.D.

Emergency Management, Death Investigation, and Pathology of a Mass Fatality Industrial Workplace Accident: The La Porte, Texas, Dupont® Plant Incident
Pramod Gumpeni, M.D. | Jason M. Wiersema, Ph.D. | Allison Woody, M.S.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Forensic Entomology: Exploring the Differences, Challenges and Opportunities of Indoor Scenes
Michelle R. Sanford, Ph.D.

A Quantitative Assessment of Peri-Mortem Blunt Force Trauma of the Neck
Deborrah C. Pinto, Ph.D. | Deanna Oleske, M.D.


Quetiapine Stability as It Relates to the Time Frames of Case Studies
Mariah D. Carson, B.S. | Jeffrey Walterscheid, Ph.D. | Poster Presentation

A Case of Death by Diclazepam: Lorazepam in Disguise
Fessessework Guale, DVM | Warren C. Samms, Ph.D. | Jeffrey Walterscheid, Ph.D. | Dana L. Hopson, M.D.