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06-Nov-2017

Medicolegal Death Investigator Training - St. Louis University

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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17-Feb-2017

ATF Fire Debris Training Course Offerings

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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21-Aug-2017

ABC Subject Matter Expert Volunteers Wanted

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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13-Dec-2016

MAFS Response to PCAST Report

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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26-Feb-2017

2018 MAFS Annual Meeting Information

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
Website: www.crowneplaza.com/ind-downtown
Hotel Rate:$129/night plus taxes  

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16-Sep-2016

Membership Applications Move to Online Only

Attention Prospective Members: Please note that ALL applications (student, associate, regular, regular and emeritus promotion) will only be accepted electronically through either the website or by emailing all required documents to mafspresidentelect@yahoo.com ).  Students- please pay the required dues utilizing the PayPal link on the student application page.

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09-Dec-2016

2017 Meeting Exhibitor Info

Details for exhibitor information has now been posted for the MAFS 2017 Fall Meeting!  More information can be found here.

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01-Aug-2016

MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting Merchandise

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. 

 

 

TO ORDER CLICK

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PLEASE NOTE

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! 

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05-Jul-2016

MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting Registration Open

Registration for the 45th Annual MAFS Fall Meeting is now open!   Please click the link below for details:

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27-Apr-2016

Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist Course

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will be offering two fire debris training courses for state and local government laboratory analysts. Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist is a four-day course designed for analysts in the early stages of fire debris training or with less than a year experience in conducting fire debris analysis casework. 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 case-work. These tuition-free courses will be offered on alternating years at the ATF Forensic Science Laboratory – Washington in Beltsville, Maryland.

 

Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist covers the basic theory and concepts analysts need to understand in order to help them gain initial competency from their agency. Classroom learning will be enhanced with hands-on exercises and small group assignments.

 

Advanced Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist expands upon the topics covered in the Introductory course; provides additional analytical tools and considerations for fire debris analysis; and introduces concepts in fire science.

 

Course Offerings

September 19 - 22, 2016: Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist

Summer, 2017: Advanced Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist

 

Although the classes are tuition-free, travel costs and per diem expenses are the responsibility of the student or student’s agency.

 

Please contact Raymond Kuk at 202-648-6140 or Raymond.Kuk@atf.gov with any questions or to register for the upcoming Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist course.

 

Download the registration form here.

 

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