Gold Stars - Marie Durina
ST2AR awards a Gold Star to Ms. Marie Durina for her research of assessing the skill level of forensic document examiners in comparing the handwriting of a homogenous population of writers. She presented findings at the recent American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE) Annual Conference in Dearborn, MI. Ms. Durina’s research project included 52 writers and their teachers who were taught the same copybook style (Palmer) at the same Catholic elementary school approximately 4 decades ago.
The study sought to find supporting evidence that:
1) There is a high degree of inter-writer variation among writers, even in populations where the driving forces for variation are low; and
2) Among these populations, FDEs would still be able to extract features from the writing samples that enable them to attribute authorship.
The research also hopes to answer criticisms that earlier studies on the uniqueness of handwriting (e.g. Dr. Srihari's) did not include populations from "homogeneous writing communities", and relied on computer analysis of handwriting, rather than on human examiners.
ST2AR recognizes Marie Durina and other researchers for providing significant research and testing opportunities to the field of forensic document examination. Congratulations to Ms. Durina!
Gold Stars - Mike Zontini
ST2AR awards a Gold Star to Mike Zontini of Foster & Freeman for his research efforts. Left, Mike Zontini demonstrates the VSC-4 at the FDE Fall Workshop – October 20-23, 2008: Las Vegas, Nevada.
ST2AR provides quality training in a variety of areas of Forensic Document Examiners recognizing that “Knowledge Is Power”. Our workshops are geared towards combining fun with learning.
ST2AR hosted two events in 2008:
The photos below are from the Fall Workshop in Las Vegas, NV in October 2008. The hands-on training workshop focused on handwriting and signature examinations, digital photography, dichroic filter and inkjet technology.
|Dave Phillips discusses digital photography techniques.|| ||Brian Carney discusses digital photography techniques.|
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|David Parrett presenting his research of the 1,000 writer line-up.|| ||Derek Hammond discussing the results of St2ar's|
first signature skill task test.
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|Derek Hammond and Candice Moussa discuss the various techniques an FDE can use in the ink differentiation skill task exercise.|| ||Using the dichroic filter to determine|
the ink differentiation in the
dichroic filter exercise.
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|Skill task exercise focusing on natural, disguised and simulated signatures.|