General Section Call for Papers

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Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Chair

As summer is finally here, it is time to start putting your abstracts together for the General Section program for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We are excited to review submissions for oral and poster presentations as well as breakfasts and workshop ideas. The General Section is known for its outstanding program with a variety of disciplines and case studies, and we plan to schedule similar topics together during the sessions. Make sure to use key words to help the program committee organize the abstracts by discipline with similar topics. Let’s make this a great program that is educational and current with unique papers on the most up-to-date ideas in forensic science. Looking forward to seeing you all in Maryland! Please contact Gina Londino-Smolar,, General Section Program Chair, if you have any questions.

The General and Criminalistics Sections are once again pleased to bring educators together for presentations and discussions on Forensic Science Education. Some ideas for presentations include (but by no means are limited to) methodologies such as engaged learning and distance learning. Potential speakers are invited to submit abstracts aimed at this confluence of interests.

As a follow-up to the Opioids joint session from Seattle, organizers are working on a joint Criminalistics and General Section session with a theme of Rape Kit Backlogs. Several different aspects of these old cases will be presented and will be of interest to members of many sections in the Academy. Organizers are seeking a forensic nurse/medical practitioner from the General Section to be part of the program; speakers are also in the works from forensic labs and other interested parties. Please contact Gina Londino-Smolar, Brian Janysek, Sandra Sachs, or Noelle Umback for more information or to volunteer.

All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (MDT) on August 1. The link to begin the submission process is: