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  • 23 Jan 2023 9:14 AM | Brian Clemons (Administrator)

    The Kansas Division of the IAI presents the 2023 Educational Conference, “Basic to Advanced Investigative Techniques”, on April 24th-26th in Wichita, Kansas. This 2 ½ day conference includes hands-on workshops, educational lectures, and case studies from law enforcement and forensic scientists across the state. Students, members of law enforcement, and laboratory personnel are encouraged to attend regardless of membership status.

    See attached flyer for schedule and registration information.

    You can also visit: or for more information and for registration.


    Any questions can be directed to Jay Wessel at the KBI Forensic Science Laboratory or any KDIAI Board Member.

    Jay Wessel:

  • 12 Jan 2023 4:35 PM | Brian Clemons (Administrator)

    Greetings from the American Board of Criminalistics,

    We are convening a panel of Subject Matter Experts (SME) to determine the cut score on our new examination – Foundational Knowledge Exam (FKE). The cut score of an exam is the lowest score a test taker can get and still pass the examination. This exam was written to assess the competency of a person with at least one year of experience analyzing or processing evidence for a Forensic Science Service Provider (FSSP).  

    To help us determine the cut score, we are looking for experts who are involved in training new forensic scientists in any discipline of criminalistics and determining whether a trainee is competent in their respective discipline– e. g., hands-on part of training, evaluation of trainees for competence, etc. You do not need to be a supervisor or manager to participate. As a member of the panel, you will be asked to define a forensic scientist who is considered minimally competent and your experience as a trainer will be critical. If chosen, you will work on the panel with the guidance of a facilitator via Zoom. A person acting as a Security Liaison (SL) will be with you in-person to provide the materials you need and manage the security of the testing materials. You may be asked to travel a short distance to your SL’s location. Any travel expenses incurred will be paid by ABC.  If you are selected for the panel, you may not sit for the FKE examination for five years.

    Panelists who are ABC-certified will receive 3 point towards recertification; however, you do not need to be a current ABC certificant to participate. The panel discussion is anticipated to take approximately 8 hours, and there will be reading assigned in advance. Please take a moment to fill out the survey found via this link:

    Prospective Subject Matter Expert Survey

  • 6 Jan 2023 4:47 PM | Brian Clemons (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, August 22 through Friday, August 25, 2023, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be hosting an Advanced Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist course.

    This course is designed for analysts working in public forensic laboratories 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.

    If interested, please fill out the attached application and submit to the email listed on the bottom of the application. 

    The deadline for application submission is April 1, 2023.

    Application form - ATF Advanced Fire Debris Analysis Course 2023.pdf

  • 10 Dec 2022 10:19 AM | Brian Clemons (Administrator)

    The American Board of Criminalistics is in the process of developing a new exam, Seized Drugs Analysis. The first step to developing an exam is to create a Job/Task analysis in which experts, like you, get together and talk about how they do their job. We convened this panel at the Clandestine Laboratory Investigating Chemists Association annual conference in September and a panel of your peers developed what is called a DACUM chart outlining your day-to-day tasks. You will find this DACUM chart attached. (See Below)

    Now we need your help! As the second step to exam development, we must verify that the information captured in the DACUM accurately reflects the job that you are doing every day.  Please fill out the survey below and tell us if the activities described are important to your job and if so, how frequently you do them. This will ensure that we are developing an exam that will be relevant and reflective of the discipline.

    Seized Drugs Analysis Survey

    Thank you for your participation!

    Seized Drugs Analysis DACUM

  • 10 Dec 2022 10:17 AM | Brian Clemons (Administrator)

    Calling all Forensic Biologists! 

    As part of the ongoing maintenance of our Biological Evidence Screening and Forensic DNA examinations, the American Board of Criminalistics must periodically review our examination blueprints to ensure that our exams are relevant to the discipline.

    Please fill out the survey below and tell us if the activities described are important to your job and if so, how frequently you do them. At the start of the survey you will be given the opportunity to select your area of expertise. You may answer questions related to Biological Evidence Screening, Forensic DNA, or both. Please select the area(s) in which you have technical expertise.

    Forensic Biology Survey

    Thank you for your participation!

  • 24 Sep 2022 11:53 AM | Brian Clemons (Administrator)

    On Friday, October 14, 2022, the Massachusetts Forensic Science Oversight Board (FSOB) will host its first sponsored virtual summit on the development, accomplishments, and future direction of the board.

    The event will take place from 10:00AM - 3:00PM EDT.

     Click Here To Register for this event.

  • 7 Jul 2022 12:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please see this flyer by the ASCLD Forensic Research Committee.

  • 30 May 2022 4:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest ABC Newsletter may be found here.

  • 9 May 2022 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Washburn University Forensic Anthropology Recovery Unit (WU-FARU) and Dr. Alexandra Klales, D-ABFA will be offering two forensic anthropology training short courses in person this summer 2022 (May and June) in Topeka, KS. We have a handful of spots left in both courses, so if you know anyone that may be interested- please pass it along!

    Forensic Archaeology 

    May 23-27, 2022  -  Monday-Friday: 8am - 5pm Central                                                                                 



    This five-day intensive short course is designed to familiarize participants with the forensic archaeological methods used to recover human remains at outdoor crime scenes. Participants will learn how to search for, document, and recover human remains via lectures and mock-scenes involving surface scattered and buried remains. Various state-of-the-art mapping and documentation techniques will be presented and applied during recovery. Lectures will also cover specialized techniques for mass fatalities, plane crashes, and fatal fire scenes. $100 non-refundable course deposit fee required at registration sign-up to secure a spot in the course. Note: a portion of the course will occur off-campus at a designated field site in Topeka, KS- travel to and from the site will be provided.  


    Human Osteology 

    May 31-June 3, 2022  -  Tuesday-Friday: 8am - 5pm Central 

    The goal of this four-day short course is to familiarize students and professionals with the identification of human skeletal remains. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and siding fragmentary human bone, recognizing sub-adult remains, and understanding human skeletal anatomy. Participants will be introduced to normal human variation, as well as, some taphonomic and pathological changes. The course involves extensive hands-on opportunities with real bone fragments, supplemented by detailed lectures, presentations, and actual forensic case studies. Course is co-taught with Dr. Ashley Maxwell. No osteological experience is required; however, you may want to consider (i.e., optional) purchasing the following reference text for use during the course: White & Folkens (2005) The Human Bone Manual (~$30). $100 non-refundable course deposit fee required at registration sign-up to secure a spot in the course.

    For more information and FAQs, visit our website:

    To register for the courses, visit:

  • 12 Apr 2022 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join your MAFS friends in the first ever membership drive!  Please see the following flyer.

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