Greetings from the beautiful port city of Busan at the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula, where I have just come from visiting the brand new, state-of-the-art Korean National Forensic Service (NFS) facility. I am here as part of the AAFS International Educational Outreach Program, with a wonderful group of distinguished Academy members. We have been touring throughout Korea, visiting the regional forensic laboratories, meeting our Korean colleagues, and exchanging forensic knowledge and friendship. We have been warmly welcomed everywhere we have gone and have all been very impressed with the investment in the forensic infrastructure here. Many thanks to Heesun Chung, President of the IAFS, for helping to organize the tour, meeting personally with us, and making this an unforgettable experience.
During the IAFS meeting in Seoul, many members of our AAFS family presented their science and shared their knowledge during a full-day special session and throughout the sceintific program itself, while learning from many other colleagues representing 80 countries around the world.
During the IAFS meeting, I had the pleasure of presenting the AAFS Douglas M. Lucas Medal to Duarte Vieira, which was a great personal honor for me.
Meanwhile, plans for the AAFS Annual Meeting in Orlando this February are coming together beautifully. Our scientific program is shaping up to be one of the best. I invite each of you to bring your friends and family to the “Academy Bash” on Tuesday evening, to kick off the meeting and to bond with your forensic colleagues.
Finally, the Past Presidents council is close to accepting nominations for the Early Career Achievement Award in Forensic Science. I encourage all of the Fellows of the Academy to nominate our best and brightest early-career scientists to be considered for this distinguished honor.