AAFS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting—Special Function Schedules

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Six breakfast seminars, two luncheon seminars, an evening session, two special sessions, and 26 workshops have been accepted for the AAFS 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting offering a wide range of topics. Workshops are an excellent means to meet your continuing education needs while maintaining and expanding your knowledge of your specific forensic discipline. Many workshops have limited registration, so register today!

Breakfast Seminars

Monday, February 17, 2020
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Ethno-Cultural and Religious Considerations in the Management of the Dead
Amber D. Riley, MS*; Sakher J. AlQahtani, PhD*; James F. Goodrich, FFOMP*

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
The Working Stiffs: Writing and Publishing the Experiences of a Forensic Pathologist in Both Fiction and Non-Fiction
Judy Melinek, MD*; T.J. Mitchell, BA*

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
The Science Behind Traffic Accident Reconstruction With Real-World Crashes
Kurt D. Weiss, MS*; Darren Franck, MSME

Thursday, February 20, 2020
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
A Tour of a Cannabis Extract Manufacturing Facility in Maine
Jennifer A. Paris, BS*; Anna K. Weaver, BS

Friday, February 21, 2020
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Practical Aspects of Developing and Incorporating a Postmortem Computed Tomography (PMCT) Service Into a Medical Examiner’s Office
Lauren Edelman, MD*; Keith Pinckard, MD, PhD

Friday, February 21, 2020
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Is a Soldier’s Combat Stress a Reason to Commit Five Murders?
T.L. Williams, MFS*; Phillip M. Curran, MFS*; Celia M. Gallo, MFS*; Rick Malone, MD*; Angel L. Miles, MA*

Luncheon Seminars

Thursday, February 20, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Disappearance and Murder of Sierra LaMar: A Multidisciplinary Case Study
Melissa A. Dupée, MSFS*; Michelle L. Bell, BA*

Friday, February 21, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Fingerprinting the Brain: Mind, Memories, and Malingering
Charles Scott*; Jorien Campbell, MD*; Gary Ciuffetelli, MD*; Ambarin Faizi, DO*; Bethany Hughes*

Evening Session

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Dracula, Twilight, and Blood Cults: Why Is It That Vampires Never Die?
Corina Freitas, MD*; George D. Annas, MD*; Jarrod A. Marks, MD*

Special Sessions

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Progress in the Forensic Sciences Since the 2009 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Report
Chair: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA; Co-Chair: Kristy Kadash, PhD

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
25 Years of Crossing Borders: Young Forensic Scientists and Their Collaborations
Chair: Zain Bhaloo, MSc; Program Chair: Catherine O. Brown, MSFS; Program Co-Chair: Hannah N. Simmons, BS


8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Drug Delivery Homicide: Prosecution, Defense, and Expert Testimony
Chair: Barry K. Logan, PhD; Co-Chair: M.J. Menendez, JD

8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Statistical Learning Algorithms for Forensic Scientists
Chair: Michael J. Salyards, PhD; Co-Chair: Robert M. Thompson, MFS

8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Recent Advances in Understanding Fire Pattern Production
Chair: John J. Lentini, BA; Co-Chair: Douglas J. Carpenter, MS

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Impact of the 2018 Farm Bill on the Forensic Analysis of Cannabis
Chair: Richard P. Meyers, MSFS; Co-Chair: Sandra E. Rodriguez-Cruz, PhD

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Psychopathology of Homicide
Chair: Alan R. Felthous, MD; Co-Chair: Felice F. Carabellese, MD

8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
High-Impact Practices in Forensic Science Education
Chair: Gina Londino-Smolar, MS; Co-Chair: Karen S. Scott, PhD

8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
New Advances in Forensic Human Identification: Issues and Approaches
Chair: Sara C. Zapico, PhD; Co-Chair: Sarah Ellingham, PhD

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Death Investigations in the Military: Case Studies From Around the World
Chair: Steven Geniuk, MS; Co-Chair: Precious JeanBatiste, MS

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Interpersonal Violence and Elder Abuse: Maltreatment That Crosses All Borders
Chair: Amy Y. Carney, PhD; Co-Chair: Patricia M. Speck, DNSc

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Investigation and Analysis of Health Care Serial Killers
Chair: Laura M. Labay, PhD; Co-Chair: Donna M. Papsun, MS

8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the Medicolegal System: Legal, Practical, and Ethical Considerations for Practitioners
Chair: Megan K. Kleeschulte, MA; Co-Chair: Amy Z. Mundorff, PhD

8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
KidStats: Improving the Subadult Biological Profile
Chair: Kyra E. Stull, PhD; Co-Chair: Heather M. Garvin, PhD
Registration is limited to the first 30 registrants.

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
A Primer on Multidisciplinary Investigations of Pediatric Injuries and Deaths
Chair: J.C.U. Downs, MD; Co-Chair: Joanna L. Collins, MFS
Proceeds from this workshop will benefit the Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc.

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Mass Disasters and Disaster Victim Identification (DVI)
Chair: John A. Williams, PhD; Co-Chair: Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD


8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Dementia Workup for Forensic Pathologists Following a Condensed National Institute on Aging-Alzheimer’s Association (NIA-AA) Protocol
Chair: Nicole A. Yarid, MD; Co-Chair: Richard C. Harruff, MD, PhD
Registration is limited to the first 50 registrants.

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Forensic Multimedia Authentication: Real-Life Challenges
Chair: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD; Co-Chair: Jeff M. Smith, MS

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Murder of Women: A Global Issue That Demands Action
Chair: Vivian Chern Shnaidman, MD; Co-Chair: Cinzia Gimelli, PsyD, PhD

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Injury Biomechanics: An Interdisciplinary Approach and Forensic Applications
Chair: Amanda M. Agnew, PhD; Co-Chair: Angela L. Harden, MA

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Think Tank on the Leading Edge of Forensic Science, Including Robotics, Drug Intelligence, Analytical Chemistry, Technology Rules, Bayesian Approach, Legal Technology Developments, Research and Development (R&D) in a Forensic Lab, Veterinary Forensics, and Aquatic Death Investigation
Chair: Laura L. Liptai, PhD; Co-Chair: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD

8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Genetic Genealogy: Science, Law, and Ethics
Chair: Donald E. Shelton, JD, PhD; Co-Chair: Frederick R. Bieber, PhD

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
A Decade of Designer Drugs: Lessons Learned and Future Directions
Chair: Donna M. Papsun, MS; Co-Chair: Barry K. Logan, PhD

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“All Rise”: Successfully Navigating the Judicial System as an Expert Witness
Chair: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD; Co-Chair: Daniel G. Martin, JD
Registration is limited to the first 50 registrants.

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dispelling the Myths About the Forensic Examination of Handprinting
Chair: Linton Mohammed, PhD; Co-Chair: Linda L. Mitchell, BS

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Forensic Postmortem Radiology: Crossing the Border Between Radiology and Pathology
Chair: Summer J. Decker, PhD; Co-Chair: Edward Mazuchowski II, MD, PhD

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Working Toward a Wellness Mindset for Forensic and Investigative Personnel: Addressing Stress and Trauma in the Workforce and Taking Steps to Change Agency and Professional Culture
Chair: Amanda L. Farrell, PhD; Co-Chair: Jonathan D. Bethard, PhD

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Overcoming Analytical Challenges Inherent in New Psychoactive Substances With Gas Chromatography Coupled With Vapor Phase Infrared Detection (GC-IRD)
Chair: Agnes D. Winokur, MS; Co-Chair: Reta Newman, MA