Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Prof. Wolfe mentors South High student in forensics

Prof. Jim Wolfe, Justice adjunct faculty, provided a forensic science mentorship last winter to South Anchorage High School student, Jacob Crapps. Prof. Wolfe is a former forensic scientist with the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, and is currently a forensic consultant and trainer. 

Jacob Crapps assisted Prof. Wolfe in preparing for a presentation at the 2013 International Association of Identification International Conference held in Rhode Island in August.

At the conference, Prof. Wolfe presented, "Optimizing Techniques for Photographing and Casting Snow Impression Evidence," which focused on improved ways to photograph and cast snow impressions of things such as shoe prints and tire tracks.

Jacob is presently a senior at South High, and plans to study engineering or science in college.  See photos below of their work.

Jacob Crapps conducts photo tests with an oblique light source.

Prof. Wolfe conducts snow impression photography tests near Byron Glacier.

Prof. Wolfe tests a fast setting plaster in Fairbanks.