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  • 8 Nov 2021 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The AAFS 2022 Annual Meeting will be a hybrid event this year, occurring Feb. 21-25, and may be attended in-person or virtually.  There is an Early Bird discount now available for early registrants.  For more info, please see the following flyer or visit the AAFS website.



  • 12 Oct 2021 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings from the American Board of Criminalistics,


    With the recent addition of the Biological Evidence Screening (BIO) and Forensic DNA (DNA) certification examinations, field testing of the Foundational Knowledge Exam (FKE), and continuing development of future examinations in our quest for ISO 17024 Accreditation, we are looking to expand the Certification Examination Management Groups (CEMGs) for these and other certification examinations.


    Do you think you might be interested in test development and management of certification examinations?  Do you have a knack for writing test questions that assess the competency of a forensic scientist?  We are seeking scientific experts with the knowledge, skills, and abilities within a given specialty, or other areas that may be related to a specific discipline, to help us develop and maintain certification examinations.  As a CEMG member, you will be asked to generate, review, and evaluate test questions on an ongoing basis as needed.  If selected, you will work under the guidance of the Examination Coordinator throughout the year. CEMG members should expect to dedicate two (2) hours per month to ABC activities on average.


    CEMG members will be chosen to represent broad demographical and geographical areas across the forensic science community.  Members of ABC membership organizations and ABC certificate holders are preferred, and the latter will receive one (1) point towards recertification annually.


    Please take a moment to fill out the survey and upload your Statement of Qualifications or Curriculum Vitae via this link: Prospective CEMG Member Survey


    We look forward to working with you!


    Regards,


    Danielle Hankinson

    President

     

    Audra Curry Yovanovich

    Chair, Examination Committee

  • 12 Oct 2021 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is recruiting for an At-Large Director to serve on the Board of Directors (BoD).   The candidate is voted in by the BoD for a three year term. This 3 year term will expire at the conclusion of the February 2025 ABC board meeting.

     

    This position would require approximately 4-6 hours a month to execute the responsibilities and tasks listed below.  One to two in-person meetings are held each year: one typically in association with the annual AAFS meeting and a second in the summer in a location that is selected by the BOD, if necessary.  The meeting logistics typically include travel on Friday or Saturday to meet for full days on Saturday and/or Sunday with return travel Sunday evening or Monday morning depending on flight availability.  This is a volunteer, unpaid position.  A travel/per diem stipend is offered to cover the cost of travel, lodging, and per diem (at federal government rates).

     

    The At-large member serves the ABC in the best interest of the ABC operations and business of professional certification.  The member shall have no conflicts of interest that may influence the individual's decisions or duties of the At-large position and the ABC.

     

    If interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume (or CV), and a letter of recommendation from a participating ABC Member Organization to the ABC Registrar, at ABCRegistrar@criminalistics.com. The closing date for application is November 16, 2021.

     

    The letter of recommendation from an executive of the nominating Member Organization should acknowledge that the member is in good standing.  The Member Organization may supplement the ABC stipend (currently at $700 per meeting) to reimburse the member for the required annual in-person meeting.

     

    Representative Tasks of the Board of Directors:

    ·         Establish and administer the Certification Program, to include defining eligibility requirements, defining certification and recertification processes, and setting fees for certification.

    ·         Maintain applicable documents including forms, policies and procedures for overall function of the Board and relevant committees as well as the Certification Program.

    ·         Research and develop possible funding sources; receive funds; account for and distribute funds.

    ·         Establish and maintain appeals processes as needed (i.e., ethics violations; examination results; candidate’s applications; etc.).

    ·         Prepare and distribute announcements.

     

    Representative Tasks of a Director:

    ·         Read, comment, and vote on policies and procedures affecting the organization and the certification process.

    ·         Attend semi-annual meetings of the Board of Directors.

    ·         Attend regularly scheduled teleconference meetings.

    ·         Participate in committee-level activities.  Chair committees as required.

    ·         When possible, assist with the administration of certification examinations.

    ·         Communicate with Member Organization, where applicable, regarding the work of the ABC.

     

    Benefits to the At-Large Director:

    • Have a voice in the national discussion on certification testing for forensic professionals.
    • Be involved in determining the discipline tests that are offered.
    • Interact with other forensic professionals from around the country.
    • Add to your CV; this is a significant leadership position within the forensic community. 

     

     

     

  • 8 Oct 2021 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us for the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS) Annual Meeting

    November 1st - November 5th, 2021at the Newport Marriott, 25 America's Cup Ave Newport, Rhode Island 02840

     

    Tuesday, November 2nd Workshops - virtual options offered.  For more information  visit www.neafs.org

    Wednesday, November 3rd: Scientific Sessions in Crime Scene Investigation & Criminalistics, Forensic Biology & DNA Analysis, Drug Chemistry, Toxicology, Trace/Arson & Explosives

     

    Evening Session: Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder 4th Edition

    by James Alan Fox (Author), Jack Levin  (Author), Emma E. Fridel (Author)

     

    Thursday, November 3rd: Plenary Sessions

     

    Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The roles that advocacy and compassion play in establishing innocence, Radha Natarajan-Executive Director, New England Innocence Project, Sarah Chu - Senior Advisor on Forensic Science Policy, Innocence Project, John Lentini-Fire Scene Cause and Origin Expert Islamorada , Florida

     

    Luncheon:  Elaine Murphy - Ellis was convicted in 1995, at his third trial, for the murder and robbery of Boston Police Detective John Mulligan in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 26, 1993. The murder was a brutal assassination, with five shots lobbed in the detective's face as he slept in his SUV outside the Roslindale Walgreens while working a security detail. Sean was 19 at the time.

     

    Days after the crime, Sean spoke voluntarily to detectives, without a lawyer present, telling them he'd shopped at the Walgreens mall around 3 a.m. that day for diapers for his cousin's baby, driven there by his friend, Terry Patterson, then 18. Police found the diaper receipt that confirmed the errand in Ellis's apartment. His attorney, Rosemary Scapicchio, asks, “Would you place yourself at a murder scene if you were guilty?”

     

    Plenary Session II: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: How the attorney/scientist dialogue and strong forensics build effective prosecutions

     

    ​The Cases of Kelly Hancock and Amy Lord: When Two Young Women Meet Two Evil Monsters

     

    And much more...
  • 20 Sep 2021 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NJAFS is hosting a Webinar given by FIU's Jeff Teitelbaum about Luke May, America's Sherlock Holmes, on Wednesday, October 6th, at 12:00 pm EST.   Registration is free for all MAFS members (register as NJAFS member and then on next page put that you are a member of MAFS).

    Please see the attached flyer.  Registration link:

    https://njafs_oct_webinar.eventbrite.com

  • 1 Jun 2021 10:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This 1-hour educational webinar, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology, will spotlight the American National Standard on measurement traceability in the field of forensic toxicology. The webinar will include: an introduction of Academy Standards Board (ASB) and the Standards Development Organization (SDO) process; why metrological traceability is important; a walkthrough of ANSI/ASB Standard 017; how ANSI/ASB Standard 017 Applies to Specific Clauses of ISO/IEC 17025 and ANAB AR 3125; and a live Q&A session. Click here for more information and to register!

  • 27 Apr 2021 3:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please see the following webinar announcement, featuring Dr. Joye Carter, Medial Examiner for San Luis Obispo County, CA.  The featured presentation is entitled "Real Forensic Pathology vs. Reel: An Inside Look at Death Investigation", and will be held May 3rd, 2021.

  • 12 Apr 2021 3:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest ABC Newsletter may be found here.  Be sure to see the important Trace Examination announcement contained within!

  • 7 Apr 2021 1:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us for the Basic Seized Drugs Identification webinar series! This webinar series will be held on May 6th, May 13th, May 20th, and May 27th and will be FREE for MAFS members and $100 for non-members.  More info here.

  • 1 Mar 2020 9:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Crime laboratory personnel may experience higher than average levels of stress due to chronic exposure to traumatic content at work and administrative pressures.  This stress can lead to burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Impacts to the organization may include employee disengagement, lost productivity, high staff turnover, and poor organizational health.  However, mindfulness training can provide coping skills to mitigate chronic stress by bringing awareness to the triggers of stress, putting the analyst back in control of the physiological and psychological responses.  The Mental Agility for Forensic Scientists development program is designed to establish a set of resources to keep MAFS members up-to-date on research, provide a setting where conversations can be started, and tools for self-assessment and management of stress can be developed. Podcast Link

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