Whenever there’s a forensic investigation that requires a closer look with a high-powered electron microscope, chances are the microscope is from JEOL. After being made aware of some of the high profile cases investigated by Microtrace LLC in Illinois using the JEOL Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope, JEOL spoke with the lab’s forensic scientist. At Microtrace, the company’s father-son team of Skip and Chris Palenik have achieved a kind of celebrity status. But more than accolades, they relish the challenges sent their way and the opportunity to summon their vast expertise to let science determine the answers to the questions posed. These questions sometimes put them in the public eye.