Criminalistics Section: Are You Planning for Baltimore?


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Source: Noelle J. Umback, PhD, Section Program Chair

Summer means school’s out, researchers are in their labs, and everyone is preparing abstracts for the Criminalistics section (right? RIGHT??). That August 1 deadline is coming up sooner than we all realize, and I invite everyone to submit their research, case studies, or other topics that will educate us all in some way next February at the Baltimore meeting. The online submission site is up and running.

Sandra Sachs and I are working on sessions with varied topics of interest, including (but by no means limited to) rape kit backlogs, fire science, forensic science education, and effective communication between attorneys and scientists. Sessions of course will also be built around topics that are received. It is anticipated that synthetic opioids and next-generation sequencing will once again be hot topics.

Abstracts are peer-reviewed based on scientific content, relevance, and also clarity. Collaborators can combine forces for one presentation and possibly increase their chances of acceptance, if the individual fragments of a larger project they are both working on (for example, in the same research group) aren’t quite enough to warrant solo presentations. Interesting workshop, breakfast, and luncheon ideas are definitely also encouraged.

For those members of the Criminalistics Section looking to serve in voluntary capacities, we will, as always, be needing session moderators, Emerging Forensic Scientist Award judges, and speakers at Believe It or Not! Also, if you are interested in joining one of the various committees for future years, please contact Kristy Kadash, Patrick Buzzini, Sandra Sachs, or myself.