AAFS 2020 Community Outreach Event in Anaheim, CA

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Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator

Each year, in conjunction with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting, AAFS organizes a community outreach event open to local residents of all ages who have an interest in forensic science.

This year, AAFS has teamed with Discovery Cube Orange County and has organized a CSI Mini Camp on Sunday, February 16, 2020, from 11:00 AM—2:00 PM.

The activities being planned include:

  • Anthropology—Male/Female Bone Identification Activity and Facial Reconstructions. Forensic anthropologists not only assist in locating and recovering human skeletal remains, forensic anthropologists work to assess the age, sex, ancestry, stature, and unique features of a decedent from the skeleton. Can you tell the difference between male and female bones?
  • Criminalistics—Fingerprinting Activity. Criminalists analyze, compare, identify, and interpret physical evidence, such as hair, fiber, blood, paint, and fingerprints. Can you solve the fingerprint puzzle? Can you make a fingerprint button?
  • Digital & Multimedia Sciences—Visual and Audio Identification Activity. Digital evidence is found in computers, mobile phones, digital audio, photography, video recordings, etc.
  • Pathology/Biology—DNA Activity. First developed in 1985, DNA profiling or DNA typing is a forensic technique used to identify variations likely to be different in all unrelated individuals and are as unique to individuals as a fingerprint. Can you extract and analyze DNA in strawberries?
  • Crime Scene Investigation—Discovery of a Crime Scene. Finding and following evidence to solve the crime!

I am reaching out to ask if would like to participate in making this year’s outreach a success by volunteering to assist with one of the aforementioned activities.  The only requirement is that volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

  • AAFS Members – You may be interested in volunteering as you can count this activity as fulfilling an “act of participation”, if needed to promote to the next membership level.
  • AAFS Student Affiliates and Non-members – You are eligible to receive a complimentary basic meeting registration (to attend all non-ticketed sessions) in exchange for a minimum of eight (8) hours of volunteer service before/during the meeting.

The volunteers for the CSI Mini Camp will help in transporting the supplies, setting up and participating in the activities, breaking down, and returning supplies to the convention center.

There are a limited number of Volunteer complimentary meeting registrations and I hope I can include some of your students among them.

Please contact Nancy Jackson at njackson@aafs.org if you are interested in participating in this fun and educational event. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.