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Monday, October 8, 2007

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Fingerprint Technology Wins Cash NORFOLK EASTERN DAILY PRESS, UK - Oct 6, 2007 ...grant of 38,540 to consider viable routes to market its innovative fingerprint nanotechnology...

Man Charged In Killing NBC4-TV, DC - Oct 5, 2007 ...latent fingerprints from the car matched a box of ammunition...

Teen Pleads Guilty to Rape, Murder
WKBT-TV, WI - Oct 5, 2007 ...investigators tied teen to the homicide scene through a bloody fingerprint...

Accused's Brother, Son Testify EAGLE TIMES, NH - Oct 4, 2007  ...fingerprint expert testified he was able to positively identify a thumbprint left by accused murderer...

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Updated the Fingerprint Interest Group web page with FIG # 16.

Updated the Smiley Files with three new smiley's.  Thanks to Michael Williams, Jean Curtit, and Gary Cushman for three excellent smileys!!  And as always, thanks to Bill Wolz for coordinating our fun smiley page.


Last week

we looked at a presentation from Amanda Atkins, USACIL, regarding Acid Yellow and other blood developers on dark substrates.

This week

on behalf of the International Advisory Committee, it is my pleasure to make you aware of and extend to you an invitation to attend the International Symposium on Advances in Fingerprints Identification to be held in Patiala, India on February 8-10, 2008.  More details appear in a brochure from the organizing committee:


The symposium is being organized by the Department of Forensic Science, Punjabi University, Patiala, India.

The three day symposium, the first of its kind in the country, will be designed for professionals engaged in various fields of personal identification, including crime scene investigators, fingerprint examiners, latent print examiners, researchers and university academicians.

The aim of the symposium is to discuss the latest developments in the field of fingerprints such as visualization of latent fingerprints, AFIS and third level details in fingerprints and training and quality in fingerprints examination.
Internationally renowned scientists are expected to attend the symposium for plenary lectures as well as for oral presentations.


Personal identification from fingerprints is one the most important aspects of Forensic Science. Though basic principles of this technique remain unchanged, many new tools have been developed to facilitate the process of identification. Some of these developments occur so fast that it is difficult for laboratory professionals to keep updated with these developments.

The aim of the symposium is to provide an opportunity to bring together the scientific community involved in the various aspect of personal identification through fingerprints, as well as to share and discuss the various advances in this field. The symposium will be attended by internationally renowned scientists.


It is a great honor for us that Prof. J. Almog, a leading forensic chemist and former Director of DIFS, Israel Police Force, Jerusalem, has so kindly agreed to coordinate this symposium at an international level.

The Symposium will cover the following areas:

1. Advances in latent fingerprint visualization
2. Classification of fingerprints and use of AFIS
3. Use of third level details in personal identification
4. Use of Poroscopy in AFIS
5. Training and quality assurance

The organizing committee solicits the participants to submit the abstract of research paper from the participants on the above mentioned topics by December 15, 2007. The abstracts typed in double space with title, author(s), presenting author and affiliation


The subject of forensic science was introduced into the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes at Punjabi University in 1974. It is the second university in the country and the first in the northern region to have a full fledged department of Forensic Science. Since then, more than 40 students have been awarded Ph.D. degrees, and seats for M.Sc. students have increased, with demand continuously growing. The department is being approached by students from all over India, as well as other countries in the world such as Malaysia, Nigeria and Mauritius.

The academic curriculum for the course is of very high level and is modified constantly with the changing needs and developments in the subject.

Since its inception, the department has organized a number of national and international conferences, seminars, and symposia as well as a SAARC work-shop on Forensic Science in 1995, and refresher courses. In 2004, a five-day workshop on facial re-construction was held and in 2006, a symposium on computer forensics was organized.


Punjabi University, Patiala is a 5 star university accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a sprawling campus spreading over more than 300 acres. The university was established in 1962 and within a short period of time has advanced to its present state. Its imposing buildings in a lush, green, pollution free environment are the land-mark of Patiala, the city of gardens. A rich library with more than 4.25 lac books and a majestic reading hall are open 360 days a year, from 0815 to 2015 hrs. A separate air-conditioned hall for the use of personal books, and a reading room, are provided on the ground floor of the library. The computerized library also provides a late-evening reading room which is open from 2000 to 2400 hrs.

There are more than 54 departments on campus, teaching graduate and post-graduate courses in the arts, commerce, science and engineering subjects. There are also 84 colleges affiliated with the Punjabi University.


Patiala is located in the south-eastern part of Punjab, between 29o 49 and 30o 47 north altitude, and 75o 58 and 76o 54 east altitude. It was established in 1763 by Baba Ala Singh who laid the foundation to Qila Mubarak, the Patiala fort around which the present city is built.

Patiala is well connected to Delhi, the capital of India, by road and rail. It is 250 kms from Delhi (approximately 4 hrs journey). The university campus is situated on the Patiala-Delhi Road, 7 kms before Patiala city.

Direct trains from New Delhi to Patiala via Ambala are:

New Delhi- Bathinda Intercity Express
New Delhi- Bathinda Express
Dadar- Amritsar Express

The nearest airport is in Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab.

FEBRUARY 8-10, 2008


1. Name of the participant ...
2. Designation .
3. Postal address .
4. Telephone (Resi./Office) ..
5. Fax ...
6. E-mail* ...
7. Accompanying person (s) .
8. Title of the research paper to be presented
9. Details of the registration fee
(i) Amount ..
(ii) Demand Draft No. ..
(iii) Date ..
(iv) Bank ....
Date Signature
* E-mail is requested for faster communication


Climate during this part of the year remains cold and temperature varies from 10-14 0C. Though days are sunny, morning and evenings may be foggy.

Participants are suggested to bring heavier clothing with them.


Indian delegates: INR 3000/-
Accompanying person INR 1500/-
Student delegate: INR 1000/-
Foreign delegates: U.S.$ 300/-
Accompanying person U.S.$ 200/-

Registration includes boarding and lodging in University guest houses for the days of symposium. Delegates from abroad may be provided transportation facility from airport to Patiala and back, if their travel schedule is confirmed.

We look forward to your early response.

Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Chairman
Dr. R.K. Garg, Co-Chairman
Dr. O.P. Jasuja, Organizing Secretary
Dr. R.M.Sharma, Treasurer

Executive Members
Mr. Rajinder Singh
Dr. Komal Saini

J. Almog, Israel
T. Kent, United Kingdom
C. Champod, Switzerland
C.Lennard, Australia
C. Roux, Australia
Julie Cheng, Taiwan
Dr. Simon W. Lewis, Australia
Kasey Wertheim, USA
A.K. Singla, Canada

Dr. M.S.Rao, Chief Forensic Scientist, DFS
Dr. P.K. Chattopadhyay, Amity University, New Delhi
Sudhir Awasthi IPS, Director, NCRB, New Delhi
Prof. Surinder Nath, University of Delhi
Dr.G.S.Sodhi, University of Delhi

Joseph Almog is a Professor of Forensic Chemistry at Casali Institute for Applied Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is renowned in the field of fingerprints, and a re-cipient of the highly prestigious Lucas Medal, awarded to him by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences at the 17th meeting of International Association of Forensic Sciences in Hong Kong, 2005. Professor Almog was invited to join the Israeli National Crime Lab in 1974, while doing his Post doctoral research at MIT, USA.

One of the most important projects, which he conducted in his new capacity, was to design novel chemicals that combined with tiny amounts of amino acids found in secretions from glands on fingers and palms. It was a completely new approach to forensic science - one that was subsequently adopted in other laboratories throughout the world.

Prof. Almog directed the Forensic Science Unit of the Israel Police Force for 16 years, concentrating on generating a battery of specially designed 'detective' chemicals to be used in the identification of criminal activity. He retired from the Police Force as Brigadier-General.

Prof. Almog returned to academic life, when in 2000 he was invited to establish a forensic chemistry research group at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This group conducts research in close collaboration with his former unit at the police Force.


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