The Forensic Science Leadership Series
at Cedar Crest College

2019 Workshops

80 Hour Advanced Fabrics Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Training Course

Focusing on Interpreting Bloodstains and Bloodstain Patterns on Clothing

May 13-17, 2019
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Course Instructors

Dr. Mark Reynolds
Mr. Edmund (Ted) Silenieks

Introduction

This course is designed primarily for practitioners who routinely examine blood stained clothing and other textiles and are required to assess, interpret, and report on bloodstain patterns as part of those examinations. The course is delivered through a combination of “face to face” instruction and self-directed learning. A minimum 80 hours of structured learning activities is required, inclusive of a 40 hour “face to face” residential component. The course will review the underpinning principles of BPA, and apply these principles to the analysis and interpretation of bloodstains on clothing and other textiles.

When examining clothing, the practitioner must be mindful of influences such as the fibre type, texture, treatments, all of which may affect the final appearance of bloodstains. The primary focus of the course is to develop those skills required for the examination of bloodstain patterns found on clothing items, including the use of microscopy to discriminate between spatter and transfer bloodstains

Course Content

Prior to attending the 40 hour residential, participants will be expected to complete at least 20 hours of preparatory work including selected readings and a short 1500 word written assignment.

The 40 hour residential has a practical hands-on emphasis. The primary focus of the course is to develop those skills required for the interpretation of bloodstain patterns found on clothing items, including the use of microscopy to discriminate between spatter and transfer bloodstains. The practical component of the course will be supplemented with lectures and class discussions which will introduce the participants to basic textile properties, blood interaction with textiles, fluid dynamics of blood and three dimensional examination and reconstruction techniques aimed at developing greater interpretative pattern recognition skills. Participants will work in small groups to complete a set of experiments, review and analyse experimental data and apply this knowledge to examination of mock casework clothing items. Participants will be encouraged to draw connections between the dynamics of pattern formation and the features of the resultant static bloodstain pattern on clothing.

Following the 40 hour “face to face” residential, participants will be required to complete a report summarizing their findings related to the examination of blood stained clothing during practical exercises at the residential. The report must be submitted within eight weeks of completing the residential.

General Information

The 40 hour face to face will be held May 13th to May 17th, 2019, at the Forensic Science Training Institute, Cedar Crest College. The college offers spacious, modern facilities set in beautiful college grounds. It is recommended, but not essential, that registration is completed 4 weeks prior to allow time to complete pre-course preparatory work.

The course will be conducted Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Note: Assessments will be conducted on Friday and the 4:30 p.m. finish time is not flexible on that day, so please make travel arrangements accordingly).

Each participant is responsible for making his or her own hotel reservation. It is recommended to use the hotel listed below.

The class size is limited to a maximum of 12 participants. Register early to ensure your seat!

Upon receipt of your registration and payment you will receive a confirmation e-mail including a list of items to bring to the course. In the event of insufficient registrations, the course will be cancelled.

Please note: The course instructors along with the Forensic Science Training Institute will make a decision on course cancellations on the registration deadline. Any student registered at that time will receive a full refund if the decision is made to cancel the course. If the decision is made to run the course at that time, the course will run as scheduled and no refunds will be given after that point. If the course is scheduled to run and seats are still available, late registrations will be accepted.

Course registration deadline is April 13.

Meals and Accommodation

The cost of accommodation, meals and incidentals will be the responsibility of the participant. Lunch is available at the college and restaurants are located within a short walk of the recommended hotel for the course.

The Hyatt Place Bethlehem is the recommended hotel for the course. A discounted group booking rate is available.

Quote G-FABB when reserving a room via phone.

Hyatt Place Bethlehem
45 West North Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA 18018
Contact: JoAn Collins
Tel: +1 610 625 0500, Fax: +1 610 625 0503
Email: jcollins@hyattbethlehem.com

The hotel offers a free shuttle service that can be booked for travel to and from Cedar Crest College and to the airport.

Course Fee

$1995.00 USD/person (NOTE: lodging and meals, with the exception of lunch, are extra)

Registration and Course Contacts

All registration questions please send to syheller@cedarcrest.edu.

All course questions please send to ted.silenieks@sa.gov.au or renoforensics1@gmail.com.

The class size is limited to a maximum of 12 participants. Register early to ensure your seat!



Please see additional important information on Pre-Course Assignments and Course Assessment here

 

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