Congratulations to ACS Forensic Chromatography XI graduates

Congratulations to ACS Forensic Chromatography XI graduates

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In conjunction with Axion Analytical Laboratories, Inc. (Chicago, IL), the ACS offers hands-on training for lawyers in the science of analytical chemistry through its 3-level seminar series that can be found at

What makes this class really unique in the legal field is three aspects that form the core of its educational model:

1. It is hands-on. From day one, attendees get to use the Gas Chronograph. They do injections, use and manipulate the software, install columns, build calibration curves, trouble shoot issues and much much more.


2. The Instructors. The scientific instructors include Professor Emeritus Dr. Harold McNair, (the icon of Gas Chromatography, who in 1956 was the very first person in the entire Untied States to be conferred a PhD in Gas Chromatography), Dr. Lee Polite (international instructor for Agilent Technologies which is the largest GC manufacturer in the world, and international chromatography instructor), and Mr. Lew Fox (retired software engineer and chemometrics specialist)

Professor Emeritus Dr. Harold McNair-the first person in the US to get a PhD in Gas Chromatography (1956)

3. It is practical. Attendees not only learn how the machine operates in theory and in practice, but they also learn how to apply it immediately in the courtroom through focused instruction on themes, case presentation, oral communication, effective and etheical cross and direct examination.

Today, twenty-five lawyers graduated from the 11th version of the ACS Forensic Chromatography course.

ACS Forensic Chromatography XI

Those newest graduates include:

First name Last name State
John Barnes TN
James Bates-2nd time LA
Brian Burns TX
John Churchville PA
Harold Danford TX
Glynn Delatte-3rd time LA
Greg Davidson PA
Steve Dennis TX
Mary Ann Espiritu-2nd time TX
Ken Gibson TX
Craig Greening TX
Casey Hoff WI
Dane Johnson TX
Katherine Kennedy-3rd time PA
Josh Lee-11th time OK
William McLellan, Jr. TX
Justin McShane-12th time PA
Matthew Nebeker UT
Tad Nelson TX
Peyton Peebles TX
Amando Pena TX
Anne Marie Rizzo FL
John Schiro-2nd time WI
Steve Shellist TX
Mark Thiessen-2nd time TX

To date, for the Hands-on ACS Forensic Chromatography Course, there have been 198 graduates from 40 states. You can see who from your state has graduated from the class here:

The ACS is living up to its mission statement: “Improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.”

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