AAFS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting — Special Function Schedules

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Five breakfast seminars, two luncheon seminars, an evening session, two special sessions, and 24 workshops have been accepted for the AAFS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting program, all of which offer a wide range of topics. Workshops are an excellent means to meet your continuing education needs while maintaining and expanding your knowledge within your specific forensic discipline. Several workshops have limited registration, so sign up quickly once the AAFS online registration system launches (the first week of November). An email reminder will be sent to the AAFS membership at that time.

Breakfast Seminars

Monday, February 19, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Analytical Thinking Skills:  Essential Training for 21st-Century Forensic Scientists
Mary Ellen O’Toole, PhD*; Joseph A. DiZinno, DDS

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
My Experiences as a Forensic Science Consultant for Crime Drama Television Series
Gregory E. Laskowski, MPA*; John Houde

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
The Lawyers Always Win
Roderick T. Kennedy, JD*; Gil Sapir, JD

Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
YFSF’s Wake Up to Professional Development… and Bacon!
Alex J. Krotulski, MS*; Amanda L.A. Mohr, MSFS*; Barbara L. Hovanec*; Brianna B. Bermudez, BS

Friday, February 23, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m
The Making of an Opioid Crisis in America?  Why Research, Policy, and Practice Matter
Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD*; Michael F. Rieders, PhD*; Bruce A. Goldberger, PhD*; Barry K. Logan, PhD*; Andrew M. Baker, MD*; Agnes D. Winokur, MS*; Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, MA*

Luncheon Seminars 

Thursday, February 22, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Post-Conviction DNA Testing in an Ever-Advancing DNA World
Lisa Mertz, MS*; Heather Nelson, MS*

Friday, February 23, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Understanding the Impact of Human Factors on Forensic Science:  Case Studies in Fingerprint and Handwriting Examination
Melissa K. Taylor, BA*; Emily J. Will, MA*; David Kaye, JD*; Ted M. Burkes, BS*; Melissa Gische, MFS*

 Evening Session

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Forensic Science in the Public Eye:  Communication, Diversity, and Research
Ryan Gabrielson*; Aretha Marshall, BA*; Kevin Oliver, BA*; Michelle Richmond, BA*; Lucy A. Davis, BHS; Anjali A. Ranadive, JD; Christine Funk, JD*



Special Sessions

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Interdisciplinary Symposium
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Raising the Bar in Forensic Science
Chair:  Linton Mohammed, PhD; Co-Chair:  Karen B. Rosenbaum, MD

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Young Forensic Scientists Forum
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Research in Science:  How Young Scientists Can Shape a Better Future
Chair:  Amanda R. Hale, MA; Co-Chair:  Zain Bhaloo, MSc


Monday, February 19, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Proposed Revisions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Quality Assurance Standards – DNA
Chair:  Kristy Kadash, PhD; Co-Chair:  Susannah Kehl, MS

8:30 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.
Heavy Petting:  A Forensic Expert’s Guide to Bestiality and Zoophilia
Chair:  Carl Wigren, MD; Co-Chair:  J. Paul Fedoroff, MD

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Alternate Light Source (ALS) Photography:  Ultraviolet (UV), Infrared Radiation (IR), Lights, and Filters
Chair:  David G. Pauly, MFS; Co-Chair:  Mark Vecellio, MFS
Registration is limited to the first 30 registrants. Participants are encouraged to bring a work or personal camera to the workshop.


8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Applications of Raman Spectroscopy for Trace Evidence Examinations
Chair:  Christopher S. Palenik, PhD; Co-Chair:  Edward M. Suzuki, PhD
Registration is limited to the first 40 registrants.

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ohio’s Assertive Approach to Scheduling Opioids and Fentanyl Analogs
Chair:  Douglas E. Rohde, MS; Co-Chair:  Eric S. Lavins, BS

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Machine-Readable Technologies in Travel and Identity Documents
Chair:  Linda L. Mitchell, BS; Co-Chair:  Linton Mohammed, PhD
Registration is limited to AAFS members until January 15, 2018.

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Data Standards, Archiving, and Analytics in Forensic Anthropology
Chair:  Franklin E. Damann, PhD; Co-Chair:  Nicholas P. Herrmann, PhD
Registration is limited to the first 40 registrants.  Attendees should bring their own laptop or tablet for participation in the workshop.

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Innovative Teaching With Active Learning Methods — Implementation in Forensic Science Education
Chair:  Amy N. Brodeur, MFS; Co-Chair:  Matthew R. Wood, PhD

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Putting the Expert on Trial
Chair:  Joyce L. deJong, DO; Co-Chair:  Rudy J. Castellani, MD

8:30 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Dogfighting Cases
Chair:  Rachel Touroo, DVM; Co-Chair:  Amanda Fitch, MS

8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Some Like It Hot:  Forensic Analysis of Burnt Remains
Chair:  Sara C. Zapico, PhD; Co-Chair:  Sarah Ellingham, PhD

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eric Zimmerman’s Open Source Forensic Tools Library
Chair:  Alan E. Brill, MBA; Co-Chair:  Marla E. Carroll, BS
Participants are encouraged to bring sample drives to discuss and in some cases (depending on time) evaluate using the tools.

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Moving From the Combined Probability of Inclusion (CPI) to Probabilistic Genotyping for DNA Mixture Interpretation
Chair:  Michael D. Coble, PhD; Co-Chair:  Daniele S. Podini, PhD
Registration is limited to the first 125 registrants.

1:00 p.m. – 6:05 p.m.
Pharmacogenomics — Uses in Forensic and Clinical Toxicology
Chair:  Laura M. Labay, PhD; Co-Chair:  William H. Anderson, PhD
Registration is limited to the first 150 registrants.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Postmortem Monocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy (PMIO)
Chair:  Patrick E. Lantz, MD; Co-Chair:  Candace H. Schoppe, MD
Registration is limited to the first 32 registrants.

8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Forensic Image Processing
Chair:  Richard Vorder Bruegge, PhD; Co-Chair:  Zeno J. Geradts, PhD
Participants can bring laptop computers with open source image processing software already installed or they can contact the instructor for open source software recommendations.  Prior knowledge of image processing is not required.

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
An Introduction to Lean Fundamentals and Six Sigma Operational Improvement
Chair:  Joanie Brocato, PhD; Co-Chair:  Linda Razzano, MS
Registration is limited to the first 60 registrants.

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Deaths
Chair:  Brian L. Janysek, MFS; Co-Chair: David J. Zeliff, MFS

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Evolution of Fire Investigation From the Perspective of Science:  Why Science Matters in the Search for Justice
Chair:  Paul Messner, JD; Co-Chair:  John J. Lentini, BA

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fentalogs:  Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Toxicology of Illicit Fentanyl and Emerging Opioids
Chair:  Amanda L.A. Mohr, MSFS; Co-Chair: Barry K. Logan, PhD

8:30: a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Macromorphoscopic (MMS) Traits:  Data Collection and Analysis
Chair:  Joseph T. Hefner, PhD; Co-Chair:  Kelly R. Kamnikar, MA

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Science Matters to Everyone:  Victims, Offenders, and the Public
Chair:  Anjali A. Ranadive, JD; Co-Chair:  Pamela A.W. King, JD

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cardiovascular Pathology for Medical Examiners and Coroners:  Basic and Advanced Techniques for the Investigation of Sudden Cardiac Death
Chair:  Peter T. Lin, MD; Co-Chair:  Ross Reichard, MD
Registration is limited to the first 100 registrants.

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Think Tank on the Leading Edge of Forensic Science:  Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Big Data/Big Problems, National Security Globalization Into Protrusionism Privacy, Dirty Bombs, and Microbial Forensics
Chair:  Laura L. Liptai, PhD; Co-Chair:  Zeno J. Geradts, PhD