Daniel Mabel Honored With AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award


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The AAFS Past Presidents Council is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Daniel E. Mabel, MS, a Member in the Criminalistics Section. The award will be presented by Betty Layne DesPortes, Chair of the Past Presidents Council, on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting in Baltimore. Mr. Mabel will receive $1,000 and a commemorative plaque. In addition, the Academy will pay the expenses of his attendance at the annual meeting, including registration, coach airfare, lodging while in attendance at the annual meeting not to exceed five nights, and up to $75 per diem.

The criteria for the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award are: (1) the recipient shall be an Associate Member, Member, or Fellow of the AAFS; (2) the recipient shall have been eligible for the status of Associate Member of the Academy no more than ten (10) years prior to their nomination; and (3) the recipient shall have demonstrated both leadership and outstanding achievement through contributions that have served to advance forensic science and its application to the legal system in a manner that promotes professionalism, integrity, competency, education, research, practice, and collaboration.

Mr. Mabel is a forensic scientist in the Trace Evidence Department at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office in Cleveland, OH. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2008 and a Master of Science in Forensic Science from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. He began working at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office in 2011. He collects, processes, and examines items of trace evidence from the bodies of victims of violent death, from autopsies and from outside law enforcement agencies. Mr. Mabel regularly performs analyses in the trace evidence subdisciplines of fiber, paint, tape, hair, gunshot primer residue, bloodstain pattern analysis, impressions, muzzle-to-target distance determination, physical/fracture matching, serology, and general chemical unknowns. He is a member of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners, the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and the American Chemical Society. Mr. Mabel has contributed to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences as an On-Site Evaluator for the Forensic Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and serves on the Criminalistics Section Reference Committee. He currently serves as a Director of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners, as well as the Chair of its Communications Committee.

Congratulations, Mr. Mabel!