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When I look back over the past 20+ years in my career, I find I have a lot to be thankful for: a job that I enjoy, co-workers I like, and, a good organization to work for in the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  It was not my intention to be a forensic scientist (never gave it a thought) as I worked on my bachelor’s degree, it just turned out that way.

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Mass Spectrometry Conference - January 22-25, 2015 - 28-Aug-2014

What: Forensic and Security Applications of Mass Spectrometry

Organized by: American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS)

Where: Hilton Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Beach, FL

When: Jan 22-25, 2015



The 2015 Sanibel Conference on Security and Forensic Applications of Mass Spectrometry will bring together leading researchers from around the world to discuss the latest developments in mass spectrometry and its application to national security and forensic science. The meeting will include presentations in the following areas:

 • Instrumentation and Ambient Ionization • Fire Debris and Explosives • Questioned Documents • Nuclear and Elemental Attribution and Profiling • Controlled Substances • Forensic Genetics


A small number of submitted abstracts will be promoted to oral presentations. ASMS encourages graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend through the provision of 20 travel awards ($750 each) for students presenting posters.


In addition, NSF will fund 20 undergraduate students to attend the conference through travel awards in the amount of $925 ($175 registration fee plus $750 towards travel costs). Undergraduate students do not need to present to be eligible to receive a travel award. This conference has been approved for two continuing education units (CEUs) though West Virginia University.




Bloodstain Pattern Workshop - Baltimore, MD - 26-Aug-2014

The Baltimore Police Department Laboratory Section  is hosting a training opportunity for any forensic personnel who would like to attend.  The Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis is being offered November 17-21, 2014 and it is a 40 hour course. For more information and to download a registration form click here.

Contact Information:

Steven O'Dell

steven.o' (apostrophe is required)


Richard Remy






Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshops - 31-Jul-2014

November 17-21, 2014  

Advance Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop  

Northeast Forensic Training Center Northampton Community College Bethlehem, PA  

For Information Contact: Andy Kehm, Program Director Northeast Forensic Training Center

484-201-1054 or LeeAnn Singley, Grayson Singley Associates, LLC 717-554-3739    

Advance BPA Flyer:



December 8-12, 2014, March 9-13, 2015, and  December 7-11, 2015  

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop presented by the Specialized Training Unit at the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, Doral, Florida.  

For information contact: Toby L. Wolson, MS, F-ABC, Criminalist Supervisor Miami-Dade Police Department Forensic Services Bureau Forensic Identification Section

9105 NW 25th Street Doral, Florida 33172-1500

Voice: 305-471-3041 Fax: 305-471-2052 E-mail:


February 16-20, 2015 Math and Physics of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop presented by the Specialized Training Unit at the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, Doral, Florida.  

For information contact: Officer Rosa Holtz Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute Specialized Training Unit, Bldg. 300

9106 N.W. 58th St. Doral, FL 33178

Voice: 305-715-5022 Fax: 305-715-5107 E-mail:



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you, Toby L. Wolson, M.S., F-ABC      





2-day Seminar: Sexually Violent Crime: The Body as Evidence - 25-Jun-2014

George Mason University's Office of Continuing Professional Education in Virginia is hosting a 2-day seminar:

Sexually Violent Crime: The Body as Evidence
Taught by Dr. Henry Lee and Dr. Leah Bush
November 3-4, 2014

Sexually violent crime continues to challenge investigators and concern the general public. It has been estimated that every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. In many cases, sexual assault results in homicide. Dr. Henry Lee and Dr. Leah Bush, two of the country's top forensic scientists, will share their individual and collective expertise to help the participants understand the importance of the body as evidence as it relates to sexually violent crimes.

Please visit our course page at for more information on this exciting opportunity to learn from two of the top forensic scientists in the country!



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.




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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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