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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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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.





MAFS Collegiate Student Development Fund - 10-Jun-2014

The Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS) has a fund to encourage collegiate research that will benefit the field of forensic science. This is an opportunity for a college student to present his/her forensic science research project at a professional meeting in the presence of practicing forensic scientists and other forensic science students. MAFS hopes to encourage student member participation while giving MAFS members an opportunity to learn about research currently being done at the collegiate level.



 Eligibility Requirements:  


1. Participants must be MAFS student affiliate members at the time of application submission.


2. Participants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university.


3. Participants must be junior/senior year undergraduates, graduate or doctorate students.


4. Research projects must be related to the forensic science field and should primarily involve development and/or improvement of evidence examination and/or comparison techniques.


5. Participants must submit a completed application form with abstract by July 1st


6. A paper presentation of at least 15 minutes will be required at the fall meeting.



One project will be selected to receive an award to fund attendance at the Fall MAFS meeting in Milwaukee. Funding will include 2 nights lodging, 3 days per diem and registration to the MAFS Fall meeting. Applications must be submitted no later than July 1st and the student receiving the award will be announced no later than August 1st. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the MAFS Awards Committee Chair. Look for details in the next MAFS Newsletters!




In the event that submitted projects do not meet the required award criteria, the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors reserve the right not to offer an award.



In the event that submitted projects do not meet the required award criteria, the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors reserve the right not to offer an award.


Click here to access the registration form:

MAFS Collegiate Student Development Fund Application Form


Click to view the Announcement:

MAFS Collegiate Student Development Announcement





SWAFS Meeting Announcement - 09-Jun-2014


SWAFS 2014 Conference 

October 19 - 23, 2014


South Padre Island, Texas


36th Annual Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Conference


Hosted by Texas DPS - Weslaco.




These are the tentative workshops for the 2014 meeting at South Padre Island:


    SANE (Sexual Assault, child abuse, domestic violence)
    3130 Genetic Analyzer Troubleshooting
    Courtroom Testimony
    Crime Scene Investigation
    Bloodpattern Analysis
    Human vs NonHuman Identification
    Shooting Reconstruction
    Trace analysis
    Latent Print Processing and Suitability
    Blood Alcohol
    Drug workshops
    Human Skeletal Recovery (buried remains)
    ISO/IEC 17025 (specific topics)
    More to come

Click here to view the 2014 SWAFS Conference Abstracts


We are pleased to invite you to attend this exceptional conference. The SWAFS conference is a unique opportunity to exchange information among forensic science practitioners and industry leaders to improve techniques, encourage research, and keep its members and the forensic science community apprised of the latest methods and discoveries in the field of forensic science.


The 2014 SWAFS conference is focused on enabling the forensic community to grow and strive for excellence, and when you attend the SWAFS 36th Annual Conference, you will enhance your professional experience through strengthening your knowledge of new and emerging techniques, while building strong professional networks. Workshops are being offered in a wide array of forensic disciplines providing a broad range of training opportunities.




Forensic Relationship Training - 30-May-2014

The Marshall University Forensic Science Center in Huntington, WV,
is hosting two (2) training opportunities on the subject of Forensic Relationships.

These trainings will be held the beginning of November 2014.

More information can be found at 


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MAFS 2014 Fall Meeting - 27-May-2014

The 2014 MAFS Fall Meeting page has been updated! Check out the workshops, abstracts, attractions and activities, local arrangements and more.








MAFS 2015 Fall Meeting - 08-May-2012

The MAFS 2015 Fall Meeting site has been chosen and the meeting will be held in Michigan. The exact location has yet to be determined. Check the Fall Meeting page for more details and information!




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