April 2013 Meeting
Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh April Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday – April 17, 2013
WHERE: Duquesne University – Mellon Hall (Laura Lecture Hall)
RSVP BY: April 12, 2013
TECHNOLOGY FORUM – 5:30PM
Wanda Austin, Forensic Psychophysiologist
“ In Search of the Truth”
The presentation will include but is not limited to the many uses of the polygraph/lie detector services in the private and public sector. The following information will be presented:
- • The difference between the private and business testing
• The awareness, popularity and growth of the polygraph in recent years
• How people are not only starting to believe in its use but are actually starting to ask for one in every sort of problem and situation
• How polygraph data collected from reality shows, movies and courts have affected the current use of lie detector testing
Wanda graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in the Administration of Justice in 1985. A criminal justice degree along with other studies in physiology and psychology, led the way into a forensic and scientific type of investigation.
Soon after graduation, Wanda
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received her specialized training from the Spokane, Washington School of Forensic Polygraph and Polygraph Examiners, approved by the American Polygraph Association. Wanda completed all the required subject matters, technical instrumentation and various polygraph techniques. After graduating and completing an internship, Wanda received her certification as an expert in 1986 from the APA.
Through 26 years’ experience, Wanda has administered more than 6,000 professional polygraph examinations for everything concerning false allegations, suspected child abuse, sexual abuse, infidelity, stealing suspects, personal family matters and anything when the need to know becomes the issue. Many of Wanda’s clients include attorneys, schools, companies, large and small businesses, private organizations, security companies, and the general public.
Wanda has gained the reputation as a reputable and competent polygraph expert and the respect, trust, and confidence of her clients and examinees.
Wanda has appeared on several television and radio networks as a talk show guest and to various schools and organizations. She has also provided polygraph technical support to two movies.
TECHNICAL PROGRAM – 8:15 PM
Dr. Michael J.
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Sailor, UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
“ In vivo Imaging with Biocompatible Silicon-Based Nanoparticles”
Silicon is best known for the central role it plays in microelectronic and photovoltaic devices. However, the same electronic and photonic properties that make this semiconductor so useful for solid-state applications can also be useful in biology. This presentation will discuss how the properties of silicon can be harnessed for manipulation and imaging of biological systems. In particular, porous nanoparticles of silicon will be discussed. The combination of both nanoscale morphology (e.g. tunable micro- and meso-pore dimensions, capacity to host molecules, polymers, or smaller nanoparticles) and nanoscale properties (e.g. photoluminescence, photonics, chemical reactivity) generates some interesting opportunities for biomaterials applications not readily achieved with other materials. The use of the photoconductivity, photoluminescence, and reflective optical characteristics of this material for in-vitro and in-vivo sensing, imaging, and drug delivery will be highlighted.
Michael J. Sailor is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Leslie Orgel Scholar in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. He holds Affiliate appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering and Nanoengineering, and in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at UCSD. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry
from Harvey Mudd College and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University. He joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego in 1990, after post-doctoral appointments at Stanford and Caltech.
Professor Sailor is an expert in nanophase materials, with emphasis on silicon-based photonic systems. Current projects in his lab are directed at problems in nanoparticle-based diagnosis and treatment of disease, optical biosensors, detectors for toxins, pollutants, and biological warfare agents, photonic crystals, and microfluidic systems.