The AAFS CSI Adventure Community Outreach Event and AI Lecture

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

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) will once again hold its annual community outreach program at the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting. This year, Discovery Cube Orange County has agreed to host our event. The outreach program provides an opportunity for AAFS to engage and educate the public about the important work of forensic science professionals. AAFS thanks Discovery Cube for offering this event to its members and visitors and for its support of the educational outreach objectives of the forensic sciences community.

From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, AAFS will present The CSI Adventure, a hands-on forensic experience for local community members at Discovery Cube, located at 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA, approximately ten minutes from the Anaheim Convention Center. The event is included with Discovery Cube General Admission or Discovery Cube Membership.

This hands-on experience will present activities showcasing anthropology through bone identification and forensic facial reconstruction; questioned documents examination; digital and multimedia visual and audio identification; pathology/biology DNA typing by extracting and analyzing DNA in strawberries; an odontology exhibit; and a crime scene discovery.

AAFS President Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, will present a lecture on Artificial Intelligence (AI) from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Cube’s lecture hall, followed by an audience Q&A.

For nearly a decade, AAFS has presented lectures and/or CSI family-friendly community outreach events that were hosted and held at the Orlando Science Center, Georgia Aquarium, Smithsonian, University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Chicago Cultural Center, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and the Maryland Science Center. Attendance ranged from 500 to more than 1,700 people, depending on the size of the location and the type and duration of the event. These events have been enjoyed by local visitors who were able to learn first-hand about the science behind forensics.

AAFS members who are attending the annual scientific meeting are encouraged to attend this exciting community event.