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Message From the President





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, it was great to be in attendance as our very own Chris Taylor accepted his Meritorious Service Award from the Criminalistics Section.  Congratulations Chris, it is very well deserved!


We have finally completed the transition from one treasurer to separate meeting and operations treasurers.  We ran into several unexpected difficulties during this process, which caused delays in sending out the invoices for membership dues and the spring workshop announcements.  I apologize for any inconvenience these delays may have caused the members.  Lee Bender, our outgoing Treasurer, was not only instrumental in accomplishing this transition; she also continued acting as our Treasurer (without complaint) well past the official end of her term, keeping us operating smoothly.  Thank you so much Lee for your long-standing dedication to MAFS!


Despite the delayed announcements, we were able to confirm that the Advanced Toxicology, Probabilistic Genotyping and Advanced Courtroom Testimony for the Drug Chemist workshops will all be held.  This is in no small part thanks to the efforts of Jillian Baker (the Training and Education Committee Chair) and the workshop coordinators.  Thank you all!  The T & E committee has put together a great offering of workshops this year, and I know those of you that are able to attend them this April and May will find them very informative.


It is time to start planning to attend the 47th Annual MAFS Fall Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, which will be held September 17th - 21st, 2018!  Look for updated meeting information in this Newsletter and remember to check our website (www.MAFS.net) for the latest information.  The local meeting planners and the Fall Meeting Planning Committee have been working hard to put on a great meeting; but to truly be a success, we need your help.  Now is the time to start working on putting together a presentation on that research project you have been working on, or that cool case you worked!  Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the Glenn Schubert Professional Development fund or the Collegiate Student Development Fund to obtain financial assistance to attend the meeting and give your presentation.  Details on these funds can be found later in this Newsletter.


On a final note, the Spring Board of Directors Meeting will be taking place in Chicago, IL on April 28th.  If anyone has concerns or suggestions they would like the board to discuss, please contact me or any of the board members so we can add it to the agenda for the meeting.


Ted Manasian

MAFS President


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