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Wayne Moorehead

Wayne Moorehead

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  • Adjunct Professor (Forensic Science)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

As my presentations and publications indicate, my research interests are varied in several disciplines of criminalistics and toxicology: trace evidence (including fire debris and explosives analysis); individualizing materials by utilizing microscopical, isotopic, chemical and biological analyses; controlled substances; and post mortem toxicology.

Biography:

Wayne Moorehead joined the Penn State Forensic Science Program in 2014 after working at the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department Crime Lab for 31 years and the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Crime Lab for 2.5 years in addition to teaching or lecturing at UC Davis, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Los Angeles, National University, and the California Criminalistics Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and an Emeritus (non-certified status) of the American Board of Criminalistics having been certified in three areas of criminalistics as a Fellow and Diplomate over 20 years.  His expertise as an analyst or supervisor includes the disciplines of trace evidence, fire debris and explosives analysis, seized drug analysis, forensic alcohol analysis, toxicology (ante and post mortem) and questioned documents. While specializing in forensic microscopy, Mr. Moorehead has experience with many analytical instruments used in crime laboratories. He has presented his research at regional, national, and international meetings on various topics including forensic alcohol, toxicology, fire debris analysis, forensic microscopy, explosives, and instrumental analysis related to trace evidence. He has served as assessor with both the Forensic science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) which accredits university forensic science programs and the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB) which accredits crime laboratories throughout the world. After his contract terminated at Penn State, Mr. Moorehead moved back to California but continues to be engaged with the nation’s best forensic science program: Penn State. My research are varied in several areas of criminalistics and toxicology.

Selected Publications

  1. “Capillary Gas Chromatography Characterization and Classification of Some Hydrocarbon Solvents and Alkyl Glycol Ethers,” The CACNews Winter 1996: 8 - 11i, Co-author Dickan, T.
  2. “A Brief Background and Justification for the Continued Use of Microcrystal Tests,” The CAC News, Summer 2000
  3. “Daily Analytical Problem Solving in Criminalistics with Rapid and Reliable Advanced Instrumentation – The Microscope,” Microsc. Microanal. 7 (Suppl 2: Proceedings), Microscopy Society of America, 2001
  4. “Death by Paint Thinner,” Journal of Analytical Toxicology  Vol. 26, October 2002, Co-author Collison, I.
  5. “The Identification of Kava,” The CACNews 3rd Quarter 2002, Co-author Blackledge, R.
  6. “Contributions of Dr. Walter McCrone to Criminalistics,” Microsc. Microanal. 9 (Suppl 2: Proceedings) Microscopy Society of America, 2003
  7. “Dr. Walter McCrone: Contributions to Criminalistics,” Microscope, First Quarter 2004
  8. “Microscope Basics and Beyond,” Book Review in The Journal of Scanning Microscopies, Vol. 26: 4, July/August 2004
  9. “Advanced Criminalistics,” Developed one-month online course FSC 620, National University, 2003
  10. “Documentation – the Difference Between Homicide and Suicide,” Chapter 10, in Crime Scene Documentation: A Realistic Approach to Investigating Crime Scenes, Goodall, J. and Hawks, C., Law-Tech Custom Publishers, 2004
  11. “Characterization of Smokeless Powder,” Chapter 10, in Forensic Analysis on the Cutting Edge New Methods for Trace Evidence Analysis, Edited by R. Blackledge,  J Wiley & Sons, 2007
  12. “Forensic Science,” Chapter 41, in Biology, DeSalle, R. and Heithaus, M.R. (Editors), Holt, Rinehart, & Winston; 2008, Co-author with Sid Rogers
  13. “Cautions on Brand Identification of Ignitable Liquids,” The CACNews  4th Quarter 2008: 25-29
  14. “Forensic Interns: Force Multipliers in the Crime Lab,” Forensic Science Policy & Management, Taylor & Francis, March 2012
  15. “A Method to Reduce Analytical Time for a Wide Range of Controlled Substances When the Initial Method is Negative,” Co-Author, The CACNews 4th Quarter 2013: 12-17

 

PRESENTATIONS

  1. "Introduction to Explosives," presented at the Southern California Arson and Explosives Study Group meeting in Riverside, 1985
  2. "Orange County Forensic Laboratory Capabilities," presented at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Bomb Scene Investigators Course, Anaheim, 1987
  3. "Usable Quantity: Case Decision Review," presented at California Association of Criminalists (CAC) Semiannual Seminar, Costa Mesa, 1988
  4. "Comparison of Post Recovery Arson Accelerant Storage Containers Using Carbon Disulfide as the Volatile Liquid," CAC Semiannual Seminar, Costa Mesa, 1988
  5. "Blood to Breath Alcohol Comparison Using the Intoxilyzer 5000 - Preliminary Findings," Co-author, CAC Semiannual Seminar, Costa Mesa, 1988
  6. "Motivation of the Professional Employee," CAC Semi-Annual Seminar, Costa Mesa, 1988
  7. "Career Development of the Professional," Co-author and Presenter, CAC Semiannual Seminar, Costa Mesa, 1988
  8. "Explosives Analysis and Micro-techniques," Hands-On Workshop CAC Trace Evidence Study Group, 1989
  9. Review of FBI - FTIR Seminar for the CAC Southern Drug and Trace Evidence Study Groups, March, 1993
  10. "Under the Microscope: The hidden evidence," International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators Region I (Western Region) Seminar, September, 1993
  11. "Refractive Index and Dispersion Staining," CAC Trace Evidence Study Group, 1990 Los Angeles Microscopical Society, 1994
  12. “Explosives Analysis in the Crime Laboratory”, Los Angeles Microscopical Society, Santa Monica, April, 1995
  13. “Polarized Light Microscopy in the Forensic Science Laboratory”, Inter/Micro, Chicago, Illinois, 1995
  14. “Capillary Gas Chromatography Characterization of Some Hydrocarbon Solvents and Alkyl Glycol Ethers”, Co - author and Presenter, Poster Session International Symposium on the Forensic Aspects of Arson Investigations, George Mason University, 1995
  15. “Unusual Particles from Two Homicide Post-Mortem Examinations”, CAC Semi-Annual Seminar, October, 1995
  16. “Capillary Gas Chromatography Characterization of some Hydrocarbon Solvents and Alkyl Glycol Ethers”, Co - author and Presenter, CAC Semi-Annual Seminar, October, 1995
  17. “Paradigm Collection Modes, Analytical Regimens, and Instrumental Techniques of a Forensic Microanalysis Section or Trace Evidence: Collection and Analysis”, California State Division of the International Association for Identification, 81st Educational Seminar, May, 1997
  18. “Dispersion Changes in Some Cargille Refractive Index Liquids”, Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL., 1997; CAC Semi-Annual Seminar, San Diego, CA, 1998
  19. “A Tale of Two Danas; Influences in Mineralogy”, Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL, 1997
  20. “An Introduction to Microscopical Feather Identification”, Co - author and Presenter, Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL, 1997
  21. “A Novel Use of a Stereomicroscope Transmitted Light Base for Image Contrast Enhancement”, Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL, 1998
  22. “Micro-techniques with an Emphasis in Explosives”, Coordinator and Presenter, CAC   One-Day Workshop in March, 1999
  23. “Analytical Microscopy: Then, Now, and Tomorrow”, American Chemical Society,  Western Regional Meeting, Ontario, CA, October, 1999
  24. “Forensic Microscopy”, American Chemical Society, National Meeting, San Francisco, March, 2000
  25. “From the Last Millennium – Selected References for the Analytical Microscopist”, Inter/Micro, June, 2001
  26. “A Brief Background and Justification for the Continued Use of Microcrystal Tests”, Inter/Micro, June, 2001
  27. “Daily Analytical Problem Solving in Criminalistics with Rapid and Reliable Advanced Instrumentation – The Microscope”, Microscopical Society of America, August, 2001
  28. “Pyramid Analysis of Forensic Microscopy”, Inter/Micro-2003, Chicago, IL, July 2003
  29. “Digital Camera Use for the Forensic and Amateur Microscopist”, Inter/Micro-2003, Chicago, IL, July 2003
  30. “Contributions of Dr. McCrone to Criminalistics”, Microscopy Society of America, Seminar, San Antonio, TX., August 2003 California Association of Criminalists, Semi-Annual Seminar, October 2004
  31. “A Laboratory Perspective on Bombing Crime Scenes”, International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, Region I Seminar, Anaheim, CA, September 23, 2003, Invited Speaker, 1.5 hours
  32. “Practical Identity Using Microcrystal Tests”, Inter/Micro-2004, Chicago, IL, July 2004 American Academy of Forensic Science, New Orleans, LA, February 2005
  33. “The Characterization of Reloading Smokeless Powders Toward Brand Identification Part One,” Co-author and presenter American Academy of Forensic Science, New Orleans, LA, 2005 Technical Working Group on Fire and Explosives Symposium, Orlando, FL, 2005 Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL, 2006
  34. “The Characterization of Reloading Smokeless Powders Toward Brand Identification-Part Two,” Co-author and presenter American Academy of Forensic Science, Seattle, WA, February 2006 California Association of Criminalists, , CA, May, 2007
  35. “Scenario Building in Forensic Science,” Workshop, Moorehead & Rogers, S, 1½ hours National Science Teachers Association, Anaheim, CA, April 2006
  36. “Detection of Trace Organic Explosives on Bomb Squad Equipment by Ion-Trap GC-MS Using Electron Impact (EI) and Negative Ion Chemical Ionization (NICI)” Contributing author, presenter Aletha Basconcillo, Graduate Student, Pace University, CAC Semi-Annual seminar, 2007
  37. “Applications of Fire Debris Analysis to Problems in Toxicology,”California Association of Criminalists, Semi-Annual Seminar, San Diego, CA, May 2008, Co-author and presenter American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA, February 2010, Co-author and presenter
  38. “Case Studies in Criminalistics,” Workshop, DeForest P, Diaczuk P, Hietpas, J, and Moorehead W, Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL, July 2008
  39. “How to Teach Microscopy (High School)-Methods and Practice,” Microscopical Society of Southern California, Santa Monica, CA, January 2009
  40. “Myth Busting the Light Microscope,”Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL, July 2009 Forensic Science Educational Conference, San Jose, CA, July 2012, July 2013
  41. “Trace Evidence,” Workshop , DeForest P, Diaczuk P, Brinsko, K, and Moorehead W, NYPD Trace Section, Jamaica, NY, October 2009 35th Annual NEAFS Meeting, Long Branch, NJ, Nov 4-7, 2009
  42. “Meeting the Forensic Need,” Forensic Science Education Forum, MAFS/MFRC, Indianapolis, IN, June 2010
  43. “A Database of Drug Body Distribution and Concentration, Cause of Death, in Coroner’s Cases 2000 – 2009: A Supplement to References,” California Association of Toxicologists, Anaheim, CA, November 2010, Invited Speaker (Co-author)
  44. “A Decade of Deaths in the OC Where Drugs Were Detected,” American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Chicago, IL, February 2011, Co-author, Dr. Ines Collison presenter NEAFS Seminar, Hershey, PA. November 2014, Moorehead presenter
  45. “An Update on Refractive Index Liquid nD = 1.580,” Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL, July 2011
  46. “Creation and Accomplishments of a Forensic Internship Program,”Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL, July 2011 California Association of Criminalists Semi-annual seminar, Sacramento, CA, Oct. 26, 2011
  47. Workshop:  "Micro Analytical Techniques" one-day, California Association of Criminalists Semi-annual seminar, Bakersfield, CA, Spring 2012
  48. Workshop : "Fire Debris Analysis including a Demonstration of Incendiary and Hypergolic Mixtures", one-day, California Association of Criminalists Semi-annual seminar, San Jose, CA, Fall 2012 with Christine Henry and Dr. John DeHaan co-presenters
  49. “A Study of Select Refractive Index Liquid Stability, Series A and Series AA,” Presenter/Co-Author, Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL, July 2013 CAC Seminar, San Diego, CA, May 2014 NEAFS Seminar, Hershey, PA November 2014
  50. “A Study of Select Refractive Index Liquid Stability, Series E and Series B,” Co-Author,. Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL, June 2014 A. Basconcillo presenting NEAFS Seminar, Hershey, PA November 2014
  51. “Teaching Forensic Microscopy from the Trace Evidence Instructor Perspective,” Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL, June 2015
  52. “Recrystallization from Fusion Methods in the Analysis of Various Street Drugs,” Co-Author, N. Zambelli presenting. Inter/Micro, Chicago, IL, June 2015
  53. “An Examination of Hypergolic Mixtures Involving Potassium Permanganate and Select Fuels,” AAFS Poster Session-B20, New Orleans, LA, 2017; Presenting author Stephanie Harrold