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Michelle D. Miranda - Farmingdale State College. Farmingdale, NY, US

Michelle D. Miranda Michelle D. Miranda

Associate Professor, Department of Security Systems and Law Enforcement Technology | Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY, UNITED STATES

Dr. Michelle Miranda teaches Security Systems and Law Enforcement Technology. She has worked as a Criminalist with the NYC Police Dept.

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Biography

Michelle D. Miranda holds a PhD in Criminal Justice, forensic science concentration, from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; an MS in forensic science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY); an MPhil in Criminal Justice from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; and a BS in Biology from Manhattan College. Dr. Miranda is a diplomate with the American Board of Criminalistics and a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She worked as a Criminalist in the Trace Evidence Section of the New York City Police Department Crime Lab, and as both a Medical Photographer and a Death Investigator for regional Medical Examiner’s Offices in New York State. In addition to her work at Farmingdale State College, she is an adjunct assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Areas of Expertise (5)

Forensic Sciences Tattoos and Tattoo Inks Gunshot Residue and Shooting Reconstruction Microscopy Spectroscopic Techniques

Industry Expertise (4)

Education/Learning Law Enforcement Security Chemicals

Education (4)

Manhattan College: BS, Biology 2000

City University of New York - John Jay College of Criminal Justice: MS, Forensic Science 2003

City University of New York - Graduate Center: MPhil, Criminal Justice 2011

City University of New York - Graduate Center: PhD, Criminal Justice 2012

Affiliations (3)

  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • American Board of Criminalistics
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (3)

Interview with Dr. Michelle D. Miranda

Evidence Technology Magazine  online

2015-11-02

Interview with Dr. Miranda on her book, Forensic Analysis of Tattoos and Tattoo Inks.

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Professor Takes Us Inside the Work of Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation

"Big Ideas" blog, State University of New York  online

2015-12-01

The forensic science behind tattoos and tattoo inks is the subject of a new book – Forensic Analysis of Tattoos and Tattoo Inks (CRC Press) – by Michelle Miranda, associate professor in the Department of Security Systems & Law Enforcement Technology at Farmingdale State College, and a forensics consultant. She’s in the investigative trenches, and has strong opinions on how forensic science is portrayed on TV.

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Microscopy and Microanalysis of Tattoo Inks

McCrone Research Institute - The Microscope Vol. 63  print

2015-12-01

Microscopy and Microanalysis of Tattoo Inks

Michelle D. Miranda
The Microscope 63 (4), pp 147 – 160

Abstract: In forensic science, the recognition of inorganic and organic pigments in human tissue can aid in the identification of charred, decomposed, mummified or otherwise unidentifiable human remains. In the fields of art conservation and cultural heritage, the characterization and archiving of organic pigments found in traditional tattoo inks can aid in future anthropological and archaeological studies of human culture and history. This research explores the application of microscopical and spectroscopical methods employed in the analysis of modern organic pigments found in tattoo inks. The aim of this research was to scientifically evaluate these inks by documenting their physical and optical properties with macroscopical and microscopical methods and identify the chemical properties of the pigments through spectroscopical analysis. Analytical methods included Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Raman spectroscopy, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), ultraviolet/visible spectrophotometry (UV/Vis) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF). The lack of an established method for analyzing tattoo inks and a comprehensive database for comparing them were additional catalysts for this research..

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Event Appearances (5)

Microscopy and Microanalysis of Tattoo Inks

Inter/Micro 2015, McCrone Research Institute  Chicago Il

2015-06-01

Microscopy of Tattoo Inks

Eastern Analytical Symposium, The Art and Science of Analysis  Somerset, NJ

2014-11-01

Current Challenges: Information Communication Technologies for Human Rights Documentation

Build Peace Conference  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2014-06-01

Distance Determinations and Chemical Instrumentation for GSR Analysis Testing-Methods and Interpretation

New Jersey Association of Forensic Scientists, Michelle D. Miranda, Ph.D., Curriculum Vitae 4 A Shot in the Dark-Bridging the Gap between Violence and Detection  Atlantic City, NJ

2011-06-01

Microanalysis of Tattoo Inks

Eastern Analytical Symposium, Celebrating Innovation in Analysis  Somerset, NJ

2011-11-01

Sample Talks (2)

Forensic Analysis of Tattoos and Tattoo Inks

Discussion of the role of tattoos in forensic investigations and the analysis of tattoo inks in a forensic laboratory.

Gunshot Residue Analysis and Shooting Reconstruction

Discussion of techniques utilized in the forensic laboratory and at the crime scene to evaluate gunshot residues and aid in reconstructing shooting events.

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Published Articles (6)

The Microscopy and Microanalysis of Tattoo Inks The Microscope

The Microscopy and Microanalysis of Tattoo Inks

The Weaponization of Ebola: A New Risk in the Wake of an Outbreak? Comparative Strategy

The Weaponization of Ebola: A New Risk in the Wake of an Outbreak?

State Intervention During Public Health Emergencies: Is the United States Prepared for an Ebola Outbreak? Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

State Intervention During Public Health Emergencies: Is the United States Prepared for an Ebola Outbreak?

Tattoo Ink: Chemistry, Culture and Criminal Investigations Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Annual, Vol. 1

Tattoo Ink: Chemistry, Culture and Criminal Investigations

The Silence of the Lambs: Critical Essays on a Cannibal, Clarice and a Nice Chianti Rowman & Littlefield

2016-11-08

Contributed a chapter.

One of only three films to-date to win Academy Awards in all five major categories, The Silence of the Lambs marked a sea change in horror films when it debuted, shifting the genre from teen slasher fare of the 1970s to the sophisticated psychological horror that characterizes acclaimed films today. Praised by some as the first true feminist thriller, it has drawn criticism from others for perpetuating narratives of crimes against women and demonizing its queer character. Regardless of the controversy, this film is a perennial favorite and even made it into AFI’s list of top 100 movies of all time.

In The Silence of the Lambs: Critical Essays on a Cannibal, Clarice, and a Nice Chianti, editor Cynthia J. Miller compiles fifteen essays, contributed by authors from a wide range of disciplines, which are divided into three sections, each approaching the film from a different vantage point: “Situating the Silence” looks at the film in its cultural and historical context—as an adaptation, popular culture icon, and as an element in genre and character history; “Dissecting Evil” takes a closer look at portrayals of evil in the film, in both Hannibal Lecter and Buffalo Bill; and “Minds, Hearts, and Body Parts” offers critical explorations of gender, patriarchy, class, Orientalism, and humor as lenses for continued contemporary analysis of this classic film.

Written accessibly, this collection of essays also introduces readers to forensics, semantics, and the psychology of serial killers. The Silence of the Lambs: Critical Essays on a Cannibal, Clarice, and a Nice Chianti will be of interest to scholars and fans of horror, thriller, and crime drama films, as well as those interested in film history and the legacy of “Hannibal the Cannibal” in popular culture.

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Reasoning through Madness: the Detective in Gothic Crime Fiction California Association of Criminalists

Dr. Michelle Miranda

The article covers forensic science and criminal investigations in the tales of E.A. Poe and A.C. Doyle (Sherlock Holmes).

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Courses (8)

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Philosophical and historical background of policing throughout the free world; special emphasis is placed on the heritage of British and American policing, the governmental role of law enforcement in society; administration of American justice at all levels of government. The role of technology in law enforcement and crime prevention; history, modes and impact.

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Computer Forensics III

This course examines federal, state, and local computer fraud statutes to provide the student with a legal foundation to approach computer investigations. The course includes lecture elements that provide the student with the skills necessary to conduct successful computer-related investigations, and includes an examination of the processes involved in preparing an affidavit for a search warrant

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Forensic Technology

The course will introduce the student to photographic and video equipment and methods that are used for crime scene documentation and police surveillance operations, including forensic imaging analysis. The course will include a study of camera design and operation, lens selection and functions, role of light and illumination technologies, digital image editing software, and a review of the chain of custody procedures in recording and archiving images for courtroom presentation.

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Crime Prevention Systems

This course will introduce the student to the theory and practice of crime prevention and examine topics such as the relationship of the built environment to crime, designing out crime, threat assessment, target hardening, and the like. The course will also focus on residential and commercial crime prevention systems. In addition, an analysis of false alarms from the perspective of the environment, end-user errors, and equipment malfunctions will be conducted. The course concludes with a review of police studies that have examined the nature and extent of the false alarm problem as well as the laws that regulate the use of crime prevention systems by public and private agencies.

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Topics in Criminal Justice - Forensic Fireams Examination

A study of specific applications of Criminal Justice/Security Systems, with emphasis on student participation and written assignments. Critical thinking will be developed and demonstrated through understanding and interpreting the theory and practical concepts presented. Policies and advancements in the criminal justice field will be analyzed according to their advancement of knowledge and tactics used in various types of investigations and analyses

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Topics in Criminal Justice - Terrorism and Homeland Security

A study of specific applications of Criminal Justice/Security Systems, with emphasis on student participation and written assignments. Critical thinking will be developed and demonstrated through understanding and interpreting the theory and practical concepts presented. Policies and advancements in the criminal justice field will be analyzed according to their advancement of knowledge and tactics used in various types of investigations and analyses

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Criminalistics

The role of the Crime Laboratory in the law enforcement organization; scope of a criminalistic operation; organizational orientation of the criminalistics laboratory. Reconstruction of the crime scene through computer animation methods

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Criminology

This course introduces anthropological, biological and economical, ecological, philosophical, psychological, psychiatric and sociological theories of criminal behavior as well as research evidence on the basic patterns of crime and crime trends. Computer-based data analysis of index crimes selected from the Uniform Crime Reports compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Crime Victimization Survey.

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