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Ever since my first meeting in 1994, MAFS has been enormously influential on my career and my development as a forensic scientist.  Through MAFS, I have connected with amazing mentors, been able to attend some of the best training available in the country, and become part of a network of highly skilled forensic scientists with whom I can always count on for advice.  As an added bonus, I have made many lifelong friends.  My experience with MAFS is not unique, I have heard similar experiences related from many people throughout the past 20+ years.  MAFS has grown, evolved and adapted significantly over the course of my career, and the thing that most impresses me is that people attending a MAFS meeting or workshop today are still experiencing that same sense of camaraderie and top tier level of training that I experienced at the beginning of my career.

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Medicolegal Death Investigator Training - St. Louis University - 06-Nov-2017

St. Louis University School of Medicine is offering a week-long Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Program in 2018.  For more details, please visit this link.



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

Dates Updated!:

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

July23-26, 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



ABC Subject Matter Expert Volunteers Wanted - 21-Aug-2017

The American Board of Criminalistics is looking for DNA screeners, technicians and examiners. This is an opportunity to be a volunteer subject matter expert for creating a new job task analysis in efforts to redevelop the Molecular Biology Certification Examination in Forensic Biology (DNA). Please see the following and link if you are interested.


Greetings from the American Board of Criminalistics,


In our quest for ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation, we are convening a group of Subject Matter Experts (SME) for a Job Analysis of forensic biology. We are looking for experts who perform “cradle to grave” analysis as well as those whose jobs might be described as either “biology evidence screener” or “forensic DNA analyst,” and handle those aspects of cases separately. If you are chosen, you will meet with a trained facilitator who will take you through the two-day Job Analysis process. This process will identify all of the job duties of a forensic biologist and then separate those job duties into their relevant tasks.


You may be asking yourselves why we are doing this if we already have existing exams. The ABC is constantly striving to improve our exams and part of that is making sure that they are testing the jobs that people are actually performing. We will select participants based on the following (in no particular order): geographic area, experience, gender, and availability.  These distinctions are recommended so that the entire community is properly represented. 


You do not need to be a current ABC certificant to participate. The training will be held in conjunction with the ISHI meeting in Seattle. An additional hotel night and per diem costs will be covered by the ABC; however, there will be no additional compensation for work absences. So please take a moment to fill out the survey found via this link:


We look forward to working with you.


Christopher Hamburg, D-ABC


Marie Samples, F-ABC
Chair, Examinations Committee



MAFS Response to PCAST Report - 13-Dec-2016

The MAFS response to the The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) 2016 report that was issued on December 12, 2016, may be viewed here.



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  


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MAFS 2017 Fall Meeting Update - 08-Mar-2016

The MAFS 2017 Fall Meeting will be held in Cincinnati, OH




Meeting and Accommodations:


The Westin Cincinnati


21 East 5th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


888-627-8071 or 513-621-7700


Room rate: $132/night    





Hosted by the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office:


Kelly Ashton-Hand, Program Chair, 513-946-8768


Rachel Hamilton, Local Arrangements Chair, 513-946-8756 


Emily Weber, Exhibit Coordinator, Local Arr. Chair, 513-946-8759


 Mike Trimpe, Workshop Coordinator, 513-946-8761









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