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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

NEWS

FALL MEETING UPDATES

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Hello MAFS Members,

 

As I write this, my last President’s Message, it is about a week after the very successful MAFS Fall Meeting in Indianapolis.  As is always the case, I learned a great deal.  Not just from the presentations and workshops, but also from all of the lively and informative discussions I had throughout the week with colleagues and friends, old and new....

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MAFS 2018 Spring Workshop: Probabilistic Genotyping: Theory and Implementation - 10-Jan-2018

Probabilistic Genotyping: Theory and Implementation

Instructors:  Dr. Michael Coble (NIST), Annette J. Ortiz (Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory), Kristen Schelling (Michigan State Police), and Brandon Good (Michigan State Police)

When: April 23 – 25, 2018 (8:00a – 5:00p each day)

Where: Brookfield, Wisconsin (Suburb of Milwaukee)

Training Location & Lodging: Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, 375 S. Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI  53005($104/night + tax; be sure to mention MAFS when reserving your room)

Cost: $300 $200 MAFS Member / $350 Non-MAFS Member

Workshop Coordinator: Sharon Polakowski (polakowskim@doj.state.wi.us)

Cancellation Date*: March 23, 2018 (20 min / 35 max)

 

The first two days of the workshop will be presented by Dr. Michael Coble from NIST and cover the basics of probabilistic genotyping, including likelihood ratios.  The remaining one day will be presentations by representatives from agencies who have implemented PG.  They will discuss validation, training of analysts, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, and further ‘nuts and bolts’ of implementation, including some data.

 

Registration link:

http://www.cvent.com/d/7tq44m

*The workshop will be cancelled if its minimum number of registrants is not met by the cancellation date.  Registration will remain open after the cancellation date if the minimum is met.

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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.

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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 Raymond.Kuk@atf.gov 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

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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.

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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:

 

http://www.criminalistics.com/MolBio-SME-survey-2017.html

 

We look forward to working with you.

Regards,


Christopher Hamburg, D-ABC
President

 

Marie Samples, F-ABC
Chair, Examinations Committee

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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.

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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

 

http://www.westincincinnati.com

 

Room rate: $132/night    

 

 

 

 

Hosted by the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office:

 

Kelly Ashton-Hand, Program Chair

 Kelly.Ashton-Hand@hamilton-co.org, 513-946-8768

 

Rachel Hamilton, Local Arrangements Chair

 Rachel.Hamilton@hamilton-co.org, 513-946-8756 

 

Emily Weber, Exhibit Coordinator, Local Arr. Chair

 Emily.Weber@hamilton-co.org, 513-946-8759

 

 Mike Trimpe, Workshop Coordinator

 Michael.Trimpe@hamilton-co.org, 513-946-8761

  

 

 

                                         

 

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