Criminalistics Section 2020 Meeting Recap

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Source: Jennifer S. Mihalovich, MPH, Section Chair

The 73rd meeting in Houston, TX, (February 15–20, 2021) is fast approaching. AAFS President Jeri D. Ropero-Miller’s theme is One Academy–Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The Criminalistics Section is well represented in the 2021 Program Committees: Patrick Buzzini (Luncheon Seminars), Marilyn T. Miller (Student Academy), Lynn A. Schneeweis (Student Academy), Carla Miller Noziglia (Academy Cup), and Agnes D. Winokur (Interdisciplinary Symposium).

I would like to welcome our Criminalistics Section Officers—Sandra B. Sachs as the Section Secretary, Jason L. Linder as the Section Program Chair, and Peter J. Diaczuk as the Section Program Co-Chair. I have stepped into a familiar roll and know I will need the guidance from our former Section Chairs, Patrick Buzzini and Kristy Kadash. I sincerely thank these individuals in advance of all their hard work.

I am expressing all gratitude to the Awards Committee chaired this past year by Kristy Kadash. Our 2020 Award recipients are Jose R. Almirall for the Paul L. Kirk Award, Matthew R. Wood for the Mary E. Cowan Outstanding Service Award, and Jennifer S. Mihalovich for the Meritorious Service Award. Our 2021 Award recipients are Moses S. Schanfield for the Paul L. Kirk Award, Lucy A. Davis for the Mary E. Cowan Outstanding Service Award, and Peter J. Diaczuk for the Meritorious Service Award. Dr. Audrey M. Williams received the AAFS Outstanding Early Achievement in Forensic Science Award for her work in bringing forensic science techniques to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Cameron M. Longo received the FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for his project titled See the Forest for the Trees: A Non-Targeted Approach to Discerning Exposure to Explosives Using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-MS) and the Multivariate Statistical Model Random Forest.

I am looking forward to the Houston meeting. It is now time to start thinking about submitting abstracts to populate the 2021 Scientific Program. Fortunately, the abstract deadline has been extended to a firm date of September 1, 2020. Besides the traditional oral and poster presentations, we invite you to consider presenting workshops as well as at the Criminalistics Believe It or Not Friday evening session. Additionally, you can present breakfast seminars, luncheon events, and oral presentations for the Last Word Society.