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Forensic Interpretation of Glass Evidence [Hardcover]

James Michael Curran , Tacha Natalie Hicks Champod , John S. Buckleton

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June 27, 2000 084930069X 978-0849300691 1
Intended for forensic scientists and students of the discipline, Forensic Interpretation of Glass Evidence provides the practicing forensic scientist with the necessary statistical tools and methodology to introduce forensic glass evidence into the laboratory. With free software available for downloading at the author's Web site, scientists can apply their own data and draw conclusions using principles practiced in the text.
This book contains an introductory chapter on glass evidence procedures and analysis before covering topics such as classical approaches to handling glass evidence, the application of Bayesian statistics to forensic science, and the use of histograms.
By presenting both the physical and chemical examinations performed on glass along with a recommended interpretation, the author allows readers the luxury of having all reference materials contained within a single book. Useful for case-working forensic scientists, this book is ideal for students of forensic science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well anyone currently working in the field.

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…an outstanding text for trace examiners who provide statistical analysis of their data, or for those who wish to learn statistical treatment of evidence. An excellent set of references at the end of the book provides a thorough literature study of glass for those with the appropriate resources.
- Virginia M. Maxwell, State of Connecticut Forensic Laboratory, Meriden

By presenting both the physical and chemical examinations performed on glass along with a recommended interpretation, the author allows readers the luxury of having all reference materials contained within a single book. Useful for case-working forensic scientists, this book is ideal for students of forensic science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as anyone currently working in the field.
- ZI Ziegelindustrie International, September 2001

Forensic Interpretation of Glass Evidence contains valuable information for the practising forensic glass examiner and should be included on any trace evidence bookshelf. Overall this book has made a good attempt at summarizing the scientific literature pertinent to forensic glass examination and has made a good first attempt at describing the interpretation of glass evidence in a Bayesian context.
-Mark Sandercock, M.Sc., RCMP Forensic Laboratory, Winnipeg, in Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal

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James M. Curran is currently an Associate Professor of Statistics in the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand). Dr. Curran is also the co-director of the New Zealand Bioinformatics Institute at the University of Auckland (www.bioinformatics.org.nz). His interests include computer programming, computational statistics, data analysis, forensic science, the design and analysis of experiments, and bioinformatics. Past research includes the interpretation and evaluation of forensic glass evidence, evaluation of forensic DNA evidence, and the effects of population substructure on DNA evidence.

Dr. Curran is the author of more than 70 scientific articles on the subject of statistical evaluation of forensic evidence. He has lectured statistics at the university level for 16 years and has been an invited speaker to many international workshops and conferences. He also also testified in forensic cases in the United States and Australia as an expert witness.

Dr. Curran is a Senior Consulting Forensic Scientist to the United Kingdom Forensic Science Service (FSS) where he has worked since 2001 with the development team for the FSS-i^3 software suite for DNA analysis. Dr. Curran is responsible for Kwikmix-3, a mixture interpretation package, and LoComatioN, which is an interpretation tool for low template DNA. Dr. Curran has also written the computational core of SPURS3, a package for DNA interpretation used in Australia and New Zealand.

When Dr. Curran is not at work he can be found on his road bike, in the garden, or playing with his PS/3, Xbox, or numerous computers.

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