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Keynote Speaker

Stephen L. Morgan, Ph.D.

University of South Carolina, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

"Undergraduate Research in Forensic Analytical Chemistry: Fingerprints, Blood, Fibers, and Dyes"

Stephen L. Morgan received a B.S in Chemistry from Duke University (1971), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (1974, 1975) from Emory University. His research involves forensic analytical chemistry (spectroscopy and separations for trace evidence such as fibers, dyes and inks, drugs, and biological residues), chemometrics, and polymer analysis by pyrolysis GC/MS and spectroscopy. Dr. Morgan has coauthored 113 papers, 15 book chapters, and four books and has taught over 650 short courses on experimental design and statistics for the American Chemical Society and other organizations. He has mentored the research of 49 graduate students and 132 undergraduates, and was named USC Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor in 2007. During 2008-2010, he was a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer. 

Dr. Morgan was interviewed for The Big I segment of the CNN PM Newsroom program, and on NPR Science Friday on January 28, 2011, about his work with Dr. Michael Myrick on forensic infrared imaging of bloodstains. He was also recognized as the South Carolina Chemist of the Year by the SC Section of the American Chemical Society in 2011.

Recent Publications

Belliveau, R. G., DeJong, S. A., Cassidy, B. M., Lu, Z., Morgan, S. L., & Myrick, M. L. (2016). Ridge patterns of blood-transferred simulated fingerprints observed on fabrics via steam thermography. Forensic Chemistry, 1, 74-77.

Mastrianni, K. R., Lee, L. A., Brewer, W. E., Dongari, N., Barna, M., & Morgan, S. L. (2016). Variations in enzymatic hydrolysis efficiencies for amitriptyline and cyclobenzaprine in urine. Journal of Analytical Toxicology, In press.

Lu, Z., DeJong, S. A., Cassidy, B. M., Belliveau, R. G., Myrick, M. L., & Morgan, S. L. (2016). Detection Limits for Blood on Fabrics Using Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR FT-IR) Spectroscopy and Derivative Processing. Applied Spectroscopy, In press.

Cassidy, B. M., Zhenyu, L., Fuenffunger, N. C., & Morgan, S. L. (2016). Minimally Invasive Identification of Degraded Polyester-Urethane Magnetic Tape Using Attenuated Total Reflection Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Multivariate Statistics. Analytical Chemistry, 87, 9265-9272.