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Hello everyone! I am so happy to have seen so many colleagues, friends, and new faces at our past meeting in Branson, MO. MAFS is an organization like no other that has encouraged so many professional networking opportunities, training opportunities, and friendships for life. We have great friends in our lives and we have great co-workers. It is a unique event when we can combine the two—however, for MAFS, it’s really not so unique. We defy the statistics, so-to-speak. I can honestly say that I’ve felt a sense of family since almost day one as a student member. continue reading...








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NIJ Research Solicitation Extended - 29-Mar-2017

The deadline for NIJ’s “Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime” solicitation has been extended to April 24, 2017.


NIJ seeks proposals to conduct applied research that examines criminal justice tools, protocols, and policies concerning drug trafficking, markets and use, applicable to state, tribal, and local jurisdictions.


Drug priorities:

1.    Heroin and other opioids (including diverted prescription drugs)

2.    Novel psychoactive substances (also known as synthetic drugs)


Applications must address one of two categories:

1.    Criminal investigation and prosecution (including narcotics enforcement, forensic science, and medicolegal death investigation)

2.    Drug intelligence and surveillance

Review the solicitation and share with colleagues.


Review the recording, transcript, and slides from a webinar held on this solicitation.



This solicitation is competitive; therefore, NIJ staff cannot have individual conversations with prospective applicants. Any questions concerning the solicitation should be submitted to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service: 1-800-851-3420; TTY at 301-240-6310 (for hearing impaired only); email; fax 301-240-5830; or web chat See also’s solicitation FAQ page.



Probabilistic Genotyping: Theory and Implementation Workshop Offering - 26-Feb-2017

MAFS is hosting a three and a half day workshop on Probabilistic Genotyping: Theory and Implementation, April 24 – 27, 2017, near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   

This year, MAFS Members (Associate, Regular and Emeritus Members) will receive even lower registration fees when attending a Spring Workshop.  This workshop is being offered to members for $225!  You must be a current member to take advantage of the reduced rate.  The non-member registration fee is $350.  

When making reservations with the hotel, be sure to request the government rate and be prepared to show government identification upon check-in.  

For details and to register:



ATF Fire Debris Training Course Offerings - 17-Feb-2017

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will be offering an advanced fire debris training course for federal, state and local government laboratory analysts. Advanced Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist is a course designed for analysts with more than three years of experience in conducting fire debris casework. This course will expand upon the topics covered in the ATF’s Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist course, providing additional tools and considerations for fire debris analysis, as well as introducing concepts in fire investigations. The Introductory class is not a prerequisite for the Advanced class.


This tuition-free course will be offered at the ATF Forensic Science Laboratory – Washington in Beltsville, Maryland. Although this class is tuition-free, travel costs and per diem expenses are the responsibility of the student or student’s agency.


Course Offerings

August 8-10, 2017: Advanced Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist

Summer, 2018: Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist

Summer, 2019: Advanced Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist


Please contact Raymond Kuk at 202-648-6140 or with any questions or to obtain an application for the upcoming Advanced Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist course.


Links:   Announcement Flyer                    Application Form



Intro to Polarized Light Microscopy Workshop Offering - 31-Jan-2017

MAFS is hosting a workshop on the Introduction to Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM), June 5-7, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri.  Join Instructor William Randle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory as he introduces students to the used of the PLM and its application to forensic evidence including fibers, explosives, paint, and unknown substances.   


MAFS is excited to offer this workshop at a reduced rate of $150 for all Associate, Regular, and Emeritus MAFS Members!  The Non-member registration rate is $300.  If you know someone who is not a member, encourage them to join this year to take advantage of future reduced workshop rates.  They can visit the website for details on how to become a member.  


For details and to register CLICK HERE.



Basic Drug Identification Workshop Offering - 24-Jan-2017

The Basic Drug Identification Workshop scheduled to be held May 1 – 5, 2017 has been cancelled due to low enrollment.  If you are interested in having this workshop offered in the future, contact Jill Baker at



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2018 MAFS Annual Meeting Information - 26-Feb-2017

The 47th  annual MAFS Fall Meeting will be hosted by the Indiana State Police Laboratory in Indianapolis, IN on September 17th – September 21st, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Union Station in downtown Indianapolis.  The room rate is $129/night plus taxes.  

The theme and logo for the 2018 Fall Meeting will be unveiled at the 2017 Fall Meeting in Cincinnati.    

Dates: September 17th – 21th, 2018
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel – Union Station, in Downtown Indianapolis.
Address: 123 W. Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225
Hotel Rate:$129/night plus taxes  



2017 Meeting Exhibitor Info - 09-Dec-2016

Details for exhibitor information has now been posted for the MAFS 2017 Fall Meeting!  More information can be found here.



MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting Merchandise - 01-Aug-2016

The MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting planners are offering for sale a polo shirt with a full-colored embroidered MAFS logo.  The polos are 65:35 cotton:polyester and are stone colored.  Polos are available in men’s and women’s styles, sizes for both are XS-3XL.  Prices are $23 each for XS-XL, add $2.00 for 2XL; $3.00 for 3XL) Shipping is an additional $6.  Shirts can be picked up by someone else attending the meeting, you will just need to designate who will be picking your shirt up for you. 







This order form is for purchases by those who will not be attending the meeting.  If you plan to go to the meeting in Branson, you will be able to purchase your shirt when you register for the meeting on CVENT! 



MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting Registration Open - 05-Jul-2016

Registration for the 45th Annual MAFS Fall Meeting is now open!   Please click the link below for details:

Registration Link











MAFS 2016 Fall Meetings Abstracts Added - 06-May-2016

Abstracts for the 2016 MAFS Fall Meeting (Branson, MO) have now been added!


Please click here to access the MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting Homepage



Hosted by The Missouri State Highway Patrol


Abigail Lehman, Program Chair, 573-526-6134 x2529


Amy Peebles, Local Arrangements Chair, 417-868-9400 x4475


Sean Brooks, Workshop Coordinator, 573-526-6134 x2519


Cindy Dierenfeldt and Jared Roop, Exhibitor Coordinators, 417-868-9400 x4449, 573-526-6134 x2547

















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