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... and her it is!

Thank you Jay!

Axel
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Try attaching the excel file now Axel.
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A brochure about the class is now available here.

Sorry but the forum does not accept .xlsx spread sheet files.
So I have to email the registration form directly.

Greetings

Axel
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Close to the lab, breweries, and a movie theater:
https://www.druryhotels.com/PropertyHotelServices.aspx?property=0116

Not too far from lab, and closer to some downtown stuff, and with a cool history:
http://www.hotelparqcentral.com/
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Headstamp Submissions / Re: Access to the Headstamp Gallery
« Last post by Justine Kreso on July 29, 2014, 06:31:23 AM »
Hi osceola,
 
The headstamp gallery was public, however, we were having issues with spammers.  Therefore, it was moved to the "members" area (not "paid" membership to the forums, but membership of the organization).  If you would like to get information on a headstamp, I would recommend creating a new topic and posting a photo.  I'm sure someone would help you out if they are able.
 
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Headstamp Submissions / Re: Access to the Headstamp Gallery
« Last post by osceola4N6 on July 28, 2014, 02:35:20 PM »
I'm guessing that access to the Headstamp Gallery is only for paid memberships and not for the Forum membership? I have an unusual headstamp that I was needing info on.... 
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Forensics / Re: Graduate degree advice
« Last post by Zak Carr on July 24, 2014, 01:06:24 PM »
Megan,
I decided to go back to school for a Master's degree after being in FA/TM for over six years and having a BS in Forensic Science (Forensic Chemistry basically) from Eastern Kentucky University.  I quickly began to think that taking a multitude of survey-level Forensic Science classes in an MS-FS program would bore me to death considering that I have gained a decent understanding of what the other disciplines do just based on daily interaction with coworkers over the previous six years.  My biggest concern was that I did not want to pay a large sum of money only for the piece of paper at the end and not learn anything new.

I wanted to find a degree that would interest me, diversify my qualifications and still be marketable within our profession.  Much like Kat, I looked at MBA programs and MPA programs, and decided to earn the MPA degree.  My opinion is that if you have already began working within a discipline of FS and do not plan on changing, a MS-FS may cover much non-relevant info from all of the other disciplines.  If you are concerned about your lack of hard science education making you less marketable, I believe that your work experience should cover you in the "hard science" department.  If I had two applicants for a position, each having the same number of years experience as a FA/TM examiner, I would not let a MS-FS versus a BS-FS be the deciding factor.

Lastly, the MBA or MPA degrees may set you apart from even those with MS-FS when an opportunity for promotion arises since MBA/MPA courses cover leadership, budgeting, policy analysis, performance management, ethics, etc.  This is of course assuming that you would like to move into management (which you did not specifically mention). 
Hope this helps,
Zak.
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Job Announcements / Houston Forensic Science Center - Firearms Examiner
« Last post by Darrell Stein on July 21, 2014, 04:03:48 PM »
The Houston Forensic Science Center (formerly the Houston Police Crime Lab) is hiring a trained Firearms Examiner.  Qualified applicants are encouraged to review the job posting (attached) and then contact Caresse Young, HR Director (713-929-6760) to discuss salary ranges.
Please see www.houstonforensicscience.org for more information about our organization.
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Toolmarks on Reloaded Ammunition / Forensic Training Class

Date: September 22nd – 24th, 2014

Host: Albuquerque Police Department, 5350 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque, NM  87107

Instructor: Axel Manthei

Contact: Axel Manthei
Email: info@cartwinpro.com
Phone: +49-8191-66704

On-site contact: Mike Haag
Email: mhaag@cabq.gov
Phone: (505) 823-4256

Space limited to 15 students

This class has been presented numerous times to Forensic Firearm and Toolmark Examiners in Germany since 1999. The goal of this workshop is the education of Firearm Examiners in the field of reloading, reloaded ammunition, components and the implications for the forensic analysis caused by these factors.

This class will now also be held in the US. With the support of the Albuquerque Police Department the class will be offered in a 3-day format on September 22nd – 24th, 2014 at the Albuquerque Police Department Crime Lab: 5350 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

The presence of reloaded ammunition is a fact. Companies such as Dillon, RCBS, Lee, Lyman, Hornady and many more are producing tools, dies and equipment to reload cartridges. Bullets, brass, powder and primers are available at local firearm dealers as well as through mail order. High prices and the (un)availability of factory ammunition are factors contributing to the interest in reloading fired or new cartridge cases.

Reloaded ammunition may influence the findings in bullet and case comparison, distance determination, a shooting reconstruction and last but not least the personal safety of the examiner shooting evidence ammunition.

The seminar consists of theoretical, practical and hands-on lessons.
The sources of reloading components and equipment will be discussed, as well as the reasons for reloading.

The procedures and tools involved in reloading a cartridge will be explained in depth as well as the toolmarks produced or removed by these operations. Subclass characteristics left on bullets, cases and primers by these operations will be explained and shown.
A practical session where each student examines individual samples and evaluates if and why this would be a reloaded cartridge will be part of the class.

Students will have the “hands-on” chance to practice the reloading process. Cases will be formed to an obsolete caliber and (optional) casting lead bullets will be demonstrated.


Quote from a firearm examiner with over 30 years experience after the workshop:
“This was one of the most valuable courses I have attended in my career!”


Please email for registration form.

If I can be of any additional help please contact me in one of the manners below:

Axel Manthei
Email: info@cartwinpro.com
(send a phone number and I will call back)

Phone: +49-8191-66704

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Forensics / Re: Graduate degree advice
« Last post by Robert Thompson on July 21, 2014, 09:35:23 AM »
Hi Megan!
If you are looking at degree programs I would advise that going to a FEPAC accredited program would be very beneficial.  The link following is a list of undergrad and grad forensic science course programs that are accredited:
http://fepac-edu.org/accredited-universities
I would favor a degree that had hands-on laboratory in its curricula to fill in the gaps.
Good Luck! BTW, I'm a part-time Grad student at George Washington University here in DC.
/Robert
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