Spotlight on the Regional Associations—March 2021


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Sources: Vincent P. Villena, MS, RAC Chair, and Thomas A. Brettell, PhD, NJAFS President and Representative to the RAC

The seventh organization we are featuring in this month’s Regional Association Committee (RAC) update is presented by Thomas Brettell, President of the New Jersey Association of Forensic Scientists (NJAFS).

NJAFS was founded in 1991 with the purpose of exchanging ideas and information within the field of forensic science, to foster fellowship and cooperation among the various forensic laboratory personnel, to encourage a high level of competency among professionals in the field of forensic science, to promote recognition of forensic science as an important component of the criminal justice system and to stimulate increased implementation of existing techniques, along with research and development of new techniques within the field, and to encourage financial support for these efforts.

NJAFS is a sponsoring organization of the Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS, Inc.) and has organized sessions at the annual EAS on vaping, the opioid epidemic, DNA analysis, marijuana analysis, and emerging drugs. NJAFS has recently started a session at the annual EAS showcasing research from our emerging forensic scientists, which allows students to present their work in a professional/peer setting.

NJAFS holds quarterly business meetings at locations in the central part of the State of New Jersey. Since the pandemic arrived last March, those meetings have been held virtually. NJAFS typically hosts a seminar in the spring of each year, usually late April or early May, where nearly a hundred people attend from within and without the forensic community. Due to the current pandemic, NJAFS did not hold a seminar in 2020 and will not hold one in 2021. However, NJAFS, committed to promotion and development in all aspects of forensic sciences, instituted a virtual seminar series in 2021. The first will be held in March with Dr. John Butler presenting information on Detective X and New Insights on the Trial of the Century. Attendance is free to all members and to all students.

Please check out www.njafs.us for more information about our association and the webinar details.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the articles contained in the Academy News are those of the identified authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Academy.