Odontology Section News – November 2015

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Source: Raymond G. Miller, DDS, Section Secretary

Vegas on its own is an eye-opening experience. Add to it the 68th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting and I believe there will need to be 48 hours in every day. Highlights as always are the Scientific Sessions but, without a doubt, reuniting with colleagues and sharing experiences is invaluable. Register, make your hotel reservations and travel plans, and let’s advance our section together.

In his last year in that role, Section Program Chair Adam Freeman has put together a solid scientific program. He has also secured a tremendous speaker for the Thomas Krauss Memorial Bitemark Breakfast. The breakfast will highlight Kathy Reichs, a distinguished anthropologist and best-selling author. Her presentation will be a high-demand session and will undoubtedly sell out; therefore, do not miss out. Every Scientific Session should stimulate discussion and development. If not, you are not paying attention. Embrace the sessions, encourage debate and discussions, and promote our section positively.

The American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO) program coordinated by David Senn and presented on Tuesday, February 23, will cover the efforts to locate, recover, and identify U.S. servicemen lost at the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. Register at www.ASFO.org.

Your section officers will distribute minutes from the 2015 section business meeting sometime this month. Please review our discussions.  If you have any agenda items for 2016, please let us know in advance of the meeting. We will be discussing Academy policies regarding Breakfast Sessions that impact the Thomas Krauss Memorial Bitemark Breakfast. This is also an election year and our current secretary and program chair will be voted on for advancement. There will also be a new program chair elected from candidates recommended by the nominations committee: Eric Wilson and Roger Metcalf. An election will also be held for the position of Odontology Section Representative to the AAFS Board of Directors. Candidates are Tom David and Jack Kenney. Your attendance at our Wednesday afternoon section business meeting is important regarding these significant decisions.

I am pleased to announce that our section will be presenting the Reidar F. Sognnaes Award of Excellence in Forensic Odontology to Duane Spencer of Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Spencer has more than 30 years of experience in the field as a consultant to a variety of law enforcement agencies and has lent his expertise to a number of high-profile cases. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Spencer has provided testimony in a number of child abuse cases and is well respected by his peers and colleagues. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Spencer on this well-deserved professional achievement.

Las Vegas will not disappoint from all aspects of entertainment to educational opportunities. I look forward to reuniting, reacquainting, and renewing the promotion and advancement of forensic odontology.