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Hello MAFS Members,


I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the AAFS meeting in Seattle, WA last month on behalf of MAFS.  The presentations were excellent, and it was a great opportunity to meet new people in the forensic community from all over the country.  I was incredibly proud to find that so many of the people I met were familiar with MAFS and spoke very highly of our association!  Speaking of being proud of MAFS...

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MAFS 2018 Spring Workshop: Advanced Courtroom Testimony for the Drug Chemist - 10-Jan-2018

Advanced Courtroom Testimony for the Drug Chemist

Instructor: Tim McKibben

When: May 7-8, 2018 (8:00am—5:00pm each day)

Where: Dayton, Ohio

Training Location & Lodging: Crown Plaza Dayton ($101/night + tax; be sure to mention MAFS when registering for your room)

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

Workshop Coordinator: Jennifer Watson (

Cancellation Date:  None.  The workshop will be held as planned!


This two-day workshop is aimed at educating drug chemists beyond the basics of testimony related to drug analysis. Topics covered may include but are not limited to: handling opposing experts in general, reviewing opposing expert’s reports and what to focus on, Daubert (or Frye) hearings (how to get started, how to educate the attorney, etc), how to explain chemistry/chemical structures to a jury (related to analog and pharmacophore cases; what to do, what not to do), common opposing expert tactics and how to conquer them, how to aid in the prosecution’s/defense’s understanding of analog/pharmacophore cases, spectral interpretation as it relates to testimony, how to handle when an opposing expert “muddies” the water when testifying about chemistry related topics, case law that supports Dauberts (or Frye)/opposing reports etc, and how to introduce new technologies in court that have not previously been used in the area/district. The training will also include practical exercises.

This workshop is open to drug chemists working in local, state and federal laboratories.

 Registration link:




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 (

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:

*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.



MAFS 2018 Spring Workshop: Advanced Toxicology - 02-Jan-2018

Advanced Toxicology

Instructor: Timothy Rohrig, PhD

When: April 16 – 18, 2018 (Mon/Tues 8:00am—4:00p, Wed 8:00am—12:00pm)

Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Training Location & Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn, 5890 S. Howell Ave. ($129/night +tax; be sure to mention MAFS when reserving your room)

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

Workshop Coordinator: Sara Schreiber (

Cancellation Date: None (Workshop will be held as scheduled)


UPDATE:  Use code MCME when booking your room with the hotel.


The short course is designed for entry to mid-level toxicologist who have a basic understanding of drug metabolism.  The course will cover specialized drug delivery systems such as oral controlled release drug delivery systems, transmucosal drug delivery systems and transdermal patches; transport proteins and the metabolic impact of P-40 isozyme, UDP-glucuronsyltransferase and Sulfotransferase polymorphisms and Drug-Drug Interactions.  There will be small group breakout sessions and guided discussions that will focus on the toxicological significance of these topics.

Registration link:



(Cancelled) MAFS 2018 Spring Workshop: Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Topics - 02-Jan-2018

Notice (March 21, 2018): Workshop Cancelled.  If you are interested in attending this workshop in the future, please contact the Training and Education Committee by emailing Jill Baker at


Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Topics

Instructor: Jeremy Morris and Guy Nutter

When: April 17—19, 2018  (Tues/Wed 8:00am—5:00pm, Thur 8:00am—12:00pm)

Where: Detroit, Michigan

Training Location: Michigan State Police Metro Detroit Forensic Laboratory

Lodging: Crown Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront  ($126/night + tax; be sure to mention MAFS when registering for your room)

Cost: $250 $150 MAFS Member / $300 Non-MAFS Member

Workshop Coordinator: Guy Nutter (


Day 1: Intro to fluid dynamics (4hr) and Area of origin exercises (4hr)

Day 2: BPA Methodology and Error Rates (4hr) and Report Writing (4hr)

Day 3: Complex Patterns – Lecture and Exercises (4hr)

About the instructors: Guy Nutter is the Technical Leader of Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis for the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division.  He has been a bloodstain pattern analyst since 2002 and has taught several different bloodstain pattern training workshops along with other topics in crime scene and trace evidence. 

Jeremy Morris is the trace evidence examiner and bloodstain pattern analyst for the Johnson County (KS) Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Laboratory.  Jeremy has been performing BPA since 2005 and has taught several BPA workshops locally, regionally, and nationally.  He is a former SWGSTAIN member and a current member of the BPA subcommittee in OSAC.


Registration link: Unavailable (Cancelled)

*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.



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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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 16th – 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 16th – 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  



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

















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