Call for Engineering Sciences Abstracts — May 2017

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Sources:  David Pienkowski, PhD, Program Chair, and Sarah V. Hainsworth, PhD, Program Co-Chair

Abstracts for the 2018 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, are due August 1. Please begin preparing your submissions now. Preference will be given to high-quality abstracts that demonstrate the rigorous application of science or engineering principles to quantitatively address forensic challenges.

Abstracts are especially encouraged for two special Engineering Sciences sessions tentatively titled, “Who’s Driving” and “Heads and Helmets.”

The first session seeks to examine circumstances in which any type of motorized vehicle (land, water, or air) was involved in a crime, property damage, or human injury, but the vehicle operator cannot be readily determined. The educational objective of this session is to demonstrate application of scientific or engineering principles that lead to information regarding the identity of the vehicle operator. Subjects that may be considered for this session include:  witness reliability, human injury analyses and seating position, clothing/fiber/hair/skin/blood analyses, vehicle damage evidence, occupant kinematics, etc.

The second session seeks to address forensic circumstances in which adult head, neck, and shoulder injuries occurred with or without accompanying protective equipment. The educational objective of this session is to demonstrate application of scientific and engineering principles to understand head/neck/shoulder injury causation and severity accompanying sporting events. Abstracts showing injury with substandard or mislabeled equipment, incorrect equipment use, or equipment failure are encouraged.

Regardless of topic, abstracts using previously presented data are acceptable if, and only if, they are:  (1) accompanied by new analyses that enable new conclusions; or, (2) aggregated into a collective “summary” type format whereby learning is facilitated due to the global perspective provided.

Abstracts that demonstrate rigorous application of science or engineering principles to quantitatively address forensic challenges and provide a high-quality learning experience will receive sufficiently high scores to merit acceptance and poster or podium presentation.

All authors should be aware that the AAFS has revised the policy regarding the disclosure of commercial products in abstracts and presentations. This revised policy has two noteworthy changes. First, it relaxes the disclosure requirements when reference is made to non-health care products or services. Authors may now submit and make presentations in which specific references may now be made to non-health care products or services without disclosure. Such disclosure, however, must be made in the methodology section of the presentation and mention of the specific products must be relevant to the data shown. Examples of specific product references that may now be made without disclosure include:  Ford® Explorer® vehicle, Michelin® Pilot® Sport tire, Speer® Gold Dot® bullet, Bombardier® jet ski, Leica® total station, etc. Second, the revised AAFS policy strengthens requirements for the use of generic names when referring to pharmaceuticals or health care goods and services. It also tightens regulations involving abstracts or presentations made by employees of companies offering such products or services.

The policy regarding Conflicts of Interest has not changed. All abstracts and presentations must clearly disclose actual or potentially perceived conflicts of interest pertinent to any authors. Please feel free to email a Program Co-Chair with any questions.

The Engineering Sciences Section Program Committee looks forward to a substantial number of abstract submissions and a high-quality scientific program in Seattle.