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Some of you may not be aware that I left forensics for about a year and a half. It was the right choice at the time based on my family's needs. I went to college with the goal of working in a crime lab and I was blessed when the Missouri State Highway Patrol provided me with an opportunity to fulfill this dream.      

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ASQDE Meeting August 9-13th, 2015 - 10-Feb-2015

The 73rd AGM of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners is to be held at the Eaton Chelsea in Toronto, Canada  August 9-13, 2015


The American Society of Questioned Document Examiners meets annually in various locations around the United States and Canada. During our meetings, members and guests present the results of original research and other topics of interest to forensic document examiners. Workshops are also held to further the training of the meeting attendees.


The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the ASQDE will be held in Toronto, Canada at the Eaton Chelsea, Toronto. This will be the first ASQDE meeting in Toronto since 1969. More information regarding the 2015 meeting will be posted to the meeting pages in the fall of 2014. 


For more information Contact Site Chair: Diane Kruger                      

(416) 967-7720

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NIST - Symposium on Error Management - 10-Feb-2015

The International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management is scheduled in Washington, DC, July 20-24, 2015. The symposium web site has gone live!  Registration and the Call for Papers is now open.  


For more information go to:




Forensic Relationship Training - 26-Jan-2015

Session 1 - General Relationships
Forensic Relationship Training
May 18-19,2015

Session 1 - General Relationships training covers biological relationship statistics, standard trio and single parent comparisons, reverse comparisons, and relevant standards. Session 1 also includes reporting and testifying to results.
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Session 2 - Advanced Relationships Forensic Relationship Training
May 20-21,2015

Session 2 - Advanced Relationships offers statistical analyses never taught in our previous trainings, including; grandparentage, multi siblings, avuncular, and multi avuncular. Also included is updated information for mass disaster identifications and familial searching, along with formula simplifications for full and half sibling statistical analyses.
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MAFS Professional Development Fund - 10-Jun-2014

MAFS Professional Development Fund


The MAFS Professional Development Fund is intended to provide financial assistance to members attending the fall meeting of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists. To be a recipient of this funding, you must present a paper at the fall meeting. Don’t miss this opportunity to receive financial assistance to attend the 2014 meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota! There are several awards available with funding up to $500!



To apply for a Professional Development Fund award, complete the application form which follows and attach an abstract of your paper.



The abstract should include the following information:

1. Objective of the presentation

2. Relevance to the scientific community

3. Methodology

4. Results

5. Conclusion

The application form is also available here




The completed application must be submitted to the Awards Committee chair by


August 15, 2014.


Kimberly Zebrowski

MAFS Awards Committee Chair

Michigan State Police Crime Lab

42800 Merrill Rd.

Sterling Heights, MI 48314

Voice: (586) 726-6709

Fax: (586) 726-6661



*** Recipients will be notified on August 22, so that they have time to make travel arrangements and submit the "Call for Papers" Form.





MAFS Collegiate Student Development Fund - 10-Jun-2014

The Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS) has a fund to encourage collegiate research that will benefit the field of forensic science. This is an opportunity for a college student to present his/her forensic science research project at a professional meeting in the presence of practicing forensic scientists and other forensic science students. MAFS hopes to encourage student member participation while giving MAFS members an opportunity to learn about research currently being done at the collegiate level.



 Eligibility Requirements:  


1. Participants must be MAFS student affiliate members at the time of application submission.


2. Participants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university.


3. Participants must be junior/senior year undergraduates, graduate or doctorate students.


4. Research projects must be related to the forensic science field and should primarily involve development and/or improvement of evidence examination and/or comparison techniques.


5. Participants must submit a completed application form with abstract by July 1st


6. A paper presentation of at least 15 minutes will be required at the fall meeting.



One project will be selected to receive an award to fund attendance at the Fall MAFS meeting in Milwaukee. Funding will include 2 nights lodging, 3 days per diem and registration to the MAFS Fall meeting. Applications must be submitted no later than July 1st and the student receiving the award will be announced no later than August 1st. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the MAFS Awards Committee Chair. Look for details in the next MAFS Newsletters!




In the event that submitted projects do not meet the required award criteria, the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors reserve the right not to offer an award.



In the event that submitted projects do not meet the required award criteria, the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors reserve the right not to offer an award.


Click here to access the registration form:

MAFS Collegiate Student Development Fund Application Form


Click to view the Announcement:

MAFS Collegiate Student Development Announcement




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MAFS 2015 Fall Meeting - 14-Oct-2014

The MAFS 2015 Fall Meeting  will be held September 20 - 25th, 2015 in Mackinac Island, Michigan.   


Mackinac Island is located in the straits of Mackinac between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas and accessible by Ferry . The island is home to a revolutionary war fort, along with many shops, restaurants and taverns, with miles of trails for biking and horseback riding.   


Mark Goff Local Arraignments Chair


Anne Gierlowski Program Chair



Check the Fall Meeting page for more details and information!      



MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting - 15-Oct-2014

The 2016 MAFS Fall Meeting will be held in Branson, MO. More information to follow soon.




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