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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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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



2017 COFSE Meeting - 31-Jan-2017

The Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE) holds its annual meeting at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting. If you are an educator or interested in forensic education we hope you will join us on February 16th for the annual COFSE meeting in New Orleans!  


2017 COFSE Meeting

Thursday, February 16th

8:15 pm – 10:15 pm

Hyatt Regency Hotel


  • Several talks related to forensic science education are scheduled to be presented during the General Section session at AAFS on Friday, February 17th from 1:15-2:30pm

·         If you are interested in joining COFSE please visit

Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who is actively engaged in forensic science education.  We hope to see you in New Orleans.




Amy Brodeur, Sabra Botch-Jones, Karen Scott, and Season Seferyn

COFSE Membership and Outreach Committee



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

MAFS is hosting a four and a half day Basic Drug Identification Workshop May 1 – 5, 2017 at the DuPage County Forensic Science Center located outside of Chicago.


This year, MAFS Members (Associate, Regular and Emeritus Members) will receive even lower registration fees when attending a Spring Workshop.  The Basic Drug Identification Workshops is being offered for $250!  You must be a current member to take advantage of the reduced rate.  The non-member registration fee is $450.


For details and to register CLICK HERE.



Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Course Offering - 20-Dec-2016

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office (Olathe, KS) will be conducting a 40-hour "Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis" course, to be held March 6-10, 2017.  More info can be found here.


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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
















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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