Science & Technology Research Day


Science and Technology Research Day

4th Annual Faculty of Science and Technology Research Day, April 6, 2017 - Lincoln Park Room
Keynote Speaker - Court Sandau- The Science of Fire and Fingerprints left Behind - April 5, 2017 - Leacock Theatre 12:00

The main goal of this event is to celebrate student research in the sciences at Mount Royal University, stimulate scientific discussion between different disciplines, and encourage collaboration and camaraderie between professors and students in the sciences. Also, awards will be given to the top presentations. 

After the huge success of our previous research day, we are energized to organize this event with even more vigor and enthusiasm. This year  we are also integrated into MRU Research and Scholarship Days.

For further information or to post questions please see the FST Research Blog   and event poster                                                                          

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FST Keynote Speaker - Court Sandau

Arson: The Science of Fire and Chemical fingerprints left behind

header_FSTKeynote2017Wildfire frequency, severity and damages are increasing as climate change causes earlier snow melts and overall drier conditions. Forest fire can be caused by nature through lightning strikes, but the majority of wildfires are caused by humans. Of the 1200 wildfires reported in Alberta each year, over half are human caused.  It is the job of a fire investigator to gather evidence at wildfires to determine the origin and causes of the wildfire. Roles of the investigator may include fire scene examination through to delivering court room evidence.
Fire investigations require the highest quality in sampling, legal chain of custody & sample handling, and testing & interpretation of ignitable liquid residues (ILRs). This role can be ideally filled by a chemist/scientist who has an in depth understanding of how all facets of a field program and how the analysis of samples can impact the interpretation and results.  Ultimately, prosecution will depend on reliable ILR results and relaying these results to the fire investigators.

Dr. Sandau, and his team at Chemistry Matters, are one of Canada’s leading resources for wildfire arson investigation and have led investigations for some of the largest wildfires in North America. This presentation will explore the chemistry behind wildfire investigations.  The chemistry starts from the field work and sampling with the use of canine detection units.  It is then carried forward to the instrumentation used for laboratory analysis which is used for the interpretation and ending in testifying in a courtroom setting.  This presentation will examine the evolution of our detection systems that allow us to measure molecules at the lowest levels and use their patterns to chemically fingerprint the ignitable liquid residues and other products used which provides valuable cutting edge evidence for potential convictions.

Important Dates & Workshops

Abstracts due: Monday March 13, 2017  
Free poster printing: Monday March 27, 2017

Abstract workshop
Friday, March 3, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Room 151

Poster design and preparation
Friday, March 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Room 151