A Word From Your 2017 Program Chair

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Source:  Julie A. Howe, MBA, 2017 Annual Meeting Program Chair

The 2017 meeting looks to be popular, with more than 1,300 submissions for all sections, scientific sessions, and workshops, in addition to breakfast and luncheon seminars.  The Plenary and Interdisciplinary Sessions promise to be interesting with a focus on the meeting theme, Our Future Reflects Our Past:  The Evolution of Forensic Science.

In the spirit of continuing the theme, the Tuesday Evening Session will highlight four Academy members who have been asked to share what they believe matters most in life, both personally and professionally.  We hope you will join us for this enlightening session showcasing how the past has impacted these individuals’ lives and careers.

Now that the submission process is complete, it’s time to start working on your actual presentation or poster.  Remember that your PowerPoint presentation should include colors that are easy for the audience to read, font sizes that are viewable from the back of the room, and slides that are bulleted and not filled with too many words.  These may seem intuitive to those who lecture often, but each year there are comments from audience members complaining about these issues.

Don’t forget that the deadline for membership applications and promotion applications is October 1.  Encourage colleagues to join the Academy and promote within their respective sections.  Become active and have a voice for your profession!  This is especially important with the current federal activities going on.  Submit an application to become a member of an Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) or the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Consensus Subcommittee. Brad Wing posted a great article explaining the Standards Development Process (SDO) through the AAFS News Feed.  At the very least, take the time to read the latest draft work products and provide comment.  Work products adopted by the National Commission on Forensic Science and proposed documents open for public comment can be found at https://www.justice.gov/ncfs/work-products.

Make sure to secure your hotel reservation early and submit your registration by the January 18 pre-registration deadline. The Academy staff does an outstanding job of preparing for a seamless meeting.  We should all thank them for their tireless efforts.  They are more than happy to assist if you have questions or concerns; don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone in the Academy staff office or you are also welcome to contact me.

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!