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22-Feb-2019

ATF Fire Debris Training Course Offering

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be offering the Advanced Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist course Monday, August 19 through Thursday, August 22, 2019.  The class will take place at ATF’s Forensic Science Laboratory-Washington located in Ammendale, Maryland.

 

This course is 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.   There is no tuition for the course, but participant’s agency must cover all travel and per diem costs. 

 

The deadline for submitting an application for the course is May 1, 2019.  Applicant’s will be notified of their status for the class by mid-May.   

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06-Feb-2019

Workshop Offering - Advanced Paint Analysis

Advanced Paint Analysis Workshop

Instructor: Diana Wright, FBI

When: May 20-22nd 2019

Where: Detroit, MI

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown, 351 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48226, USA , ($169/night+14% tax), be sure to mention MAFS when securing your rate.

Cost: $300/MAFS Members, $350/Non-Members

Workshop Coordinators: Heidi Prough (local contact: ProughH@michigan.gov) and Jeff Dake (Jeffrey.h.dake.civ@mail.mil)

Cancellation Date: 17 April 2019*

 

This course is designed to explore advanced topics in paint analysis and interpretation.  Analysis schemes and instrumentation for paint analysis will be presented, and capabilities/limitations of instrumentation will be explored.  An in-depth look into data analysis will be covered.  The course will also provide information directed at expanding the student’s knowledge base on the preparation, composition, and variance in paint systems.  The class will conclude with an exploration of reporting schemes and capabilities, as well as the underlying populations that allow for more robust discrimination and comparison of samples.

Learning Objectives:

-Experience assessing and classifying challenging samples

-In depth knowledge of paint systems

-Understanding of verbal scale for paint comparisons

Course Duration: 2.5 days, Day 1-2: 8:00am to 5:00pm, Day 3: 8:00am to 12:00am

Course Materials: A copy of the presented material, and data for the discussion/exercises will be provided.

Lunch is not included in registration.

*Be sure to register by this date.  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.  Registration costs will rise by $100 after this date.

 

Click here to register: https://cvent.me/K3LMW

 

 

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29-Jan-2019

International Association for Identification 2019 Conference - Call for Instructors

The International Association for Identification (IAI) is requesting submissions for posters, presentations and instructor workshops at this year’s conference, scheduled for August 11-17 in Reno, NV.  To schedule a presentation or present a workshop, please visit the IAI’s website at www.theiai.org and follow the instructions on how to submit an abstract.

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29-Nov-2018

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Internal Audit Training

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Internal Audit Training

Instructor: Provided by ANAB
When: May 7 – 10, 2019 (Tuesday - Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm, Friday 8:00am – 10:00am)
Where: DuPage County Forensic Science Center in Wheaton, Illinois (Chicago Suburb)
Lodging: SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 4305 Weaver Parkway, Warrenville, IL 60555 ($94/night +tax; be sure to mention MAFS when making reservations or see the link provided through the workshop registration)
Cost: $750 MAFS Member / $800 Non-MAFS Member
Workshop Coordinator: Jill Baker (local contact; Jillian.baker@dupagesheriff.org) and Chris Krug (Christopher.Krug@jocogov.org)
Cancellation Date*: April 1, 2019

 

An integral part of a successful management system is a thoughtful audit program.  An audit program is also essential and required to achieve and maintain accreditation.  During this training, an ANAB instructor provides a detailed review of ISO/IEC 17025 and related quality principles.  Additional discussion on the relevant requirements is included.  Guidance on practices related to ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems is provided in the course.  Hands-on audit activities are incorporated throughout the course so the participant can immediately begin to leverage the knowledge they gain during the course.  Development and use of checklists is an integral part of the curriculum.  The course is presented over 3.25 days and there is an open book examination on the last day. 

Learning Objectives:

-          Gain specific knowledge, skills and abilities for designing an ISO/IEC 17025 compliant management system and for planning and conducting an internal audit within their own testing laboratory.

-          Develop the knowledge needed to assist a testing laboratory with preparation for an ISO/IEC 17025 assessment.

Course Duration: 3.25 days, Day 1-3: 8:00am to 5:00pm, Day 4: Examination 8:00am to 10:00am

Course Materials: ANAB Course material will be provided to the attendees as a hard copy manual.  A copy of the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard will also be provided for each attendee.

Lunch is not included in registration.

 

Registration Link: https://cvent.me/BnxVL

 

*Be sure to register by this date.  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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29-Nov-2018

ABC Newsletter Available

The American Board of Criminalistics 2018 Fall Newsletter is available online and may be accessed here.

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25-May-2018

Multiple Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop Offerings

Noslow Forensic Consultation, LLC will be offering several bloodstain pattern analysis workshops in 2018 and 2019.  Please see details below.


December 3-7, 2018

Introductory Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop

 

Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute (MDPSTI)

9601 NW 58th St.

Doral, FL 33178

 

Workshop Description:

http://noslowforensic.com/new-page/

 

Instructor: Toby L. Wolson, M.S., F-ABC

Noslow Forensic Consultation, LLC

E-mail: Toby.Wolson@gmail.com

 

 

August 20-24, 2018

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis on Fabrics with an Introduction to Digital Casework Workshop

 

CSI Academy of Florida

Alachua, FL

www.csiacademyflorida.com

 

Workshop Description:

http://noslowforensic.com/new-page/

 

Instructor: Toby L. Wolson, M.S., F-ABC

Noslow Forensic Consultation, LLC

E-mail: Toby.Wolson@gmail.com

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October 29 - November 2, 2018

Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop

 

Chesterfield Police Department

Eanes-Pittman Public Training Center

6610 Public Safety Way

Chesterfield, VA

 

Workshop Description:

http://noslowforensic.com/new-page/

 

Instructors: Toby L. Wolson, M.S., F-ABC

Noslow Forensic Consultation, LLC

E-mail: Toby.Wolson@gmail.com

 

LeeAnn Singley

Grayson Singley Associates, LLC

Lsingleygsa@msn.com

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January 28 - February 1, 2019

Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop

 

Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute

9601 NW 58th St.

Doral, FL 33178

 

Workshop Description:

http://noslowforensic.com/new-page/

 

Instructor: Toby L. Wolson, M.S., F-ABC

Noslow Forensic Consultation, LLC

E-mail: Toby.Wolson@gmail.com

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March 18-22, 2019

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis on Fabrics with an Introduction to Digital Casework Workshop

 

Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute

9601 NW 58th St.

Doral, FL 33178

 

Workshop Description:

http://noslowforensic.com/new-page/

 

Instructor: Toby L. Wolson, M.S., F-ABC

Noslow Forensic Consultation, LLC

E-mail: Toby.Wolson@gmail.com

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December 9-13, 2019

Introductory Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop

 

Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute

9601 NW 58th St.

Doral, FL 33178

 

Workshop Description:

http://noslowforensic.com/new-page/

 

Instructor: Toby L. Wolson, M.S., F-ABC

Noslow Forensic Consultation, LLC

E-mail: Toby.Wolson@gmail.com

 

Information about these workshops can be obtained at the following website: http://noslowforensic.com/new-page/

 

or by contacting Toby Wolson (Toby.Wolson@gmail.com).

 

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10-Jan-2018

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

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 (watsonj@mcohio.org)

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:

http://www.cvent.com/d/9tq49h

 

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10-Jan-2018

MAFS 2018 Spring Workshop: Probabilistic Genotyping: Theory and Implementation

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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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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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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