Criminalistics Section — Seeking to Fill Non-Voting Member ASB CB Liaison Positions

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Source: Karolyn R. Tontarski, MS, Section Chair

The Criminalistics Section is seeking volunteers to fill non-voting member AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Consensus Body (CB) positions. We are looking for individuals who will actively participate in the development of standards documents.

ASB CB liaison positions the Criminalistics Section is seeking to fill are in the following areas:

  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Disaster Victim Identification
  • DNA
  • Dogs and Sensors
  • Firearms and Toolmarks
  • Footwear and Tire Tracks
  • Friction Ridge
  • Wildlife Forensics

It is anticipated that each CB will meet at least once per month (telephonically) when the CB is actively working on documents. In between meetings, the appointed Criminalistics Section liaisons will need to read and respond to all proposed standard documents and each edit. They will also need to prepare reports and updates for the Criminalistics Section chair on a regular basis. We are looking for a minimum two-year commitment and anticipate making initial appointments in staggered two- and three-year terms.

Criminalistics Section members who are interested in participating must:

  • Be a Member, Fellow, Retired Member, or Retired Fellow
  • Have significant knowledge regarding the relevant CB topic area
  • Be enthusiastic about, and dedicated to, the process of standards development

Each selected CB liaison will be required to:

  • Have the time to attend and participate in all meetings for the relevant CB, including any meetings held in conjunction with the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting (Note: all meetings can be attended remotely/telephonically, so travel is not necessary)
  • Have the time necessary to actively participate in providing comments for all relevant CB proposed standard documents and edits
  • Represent the interests of the Criminalistics Section membership
  • Request feedback from the Criminalistics Section through the Criminalistics Section chair, as needed, typically by writing a report to the Criminalistics Section suitable for publication on the AAFS News Feed
  • Communicate effectively and in a timely manner with the Criminalistics Section chair
  • Report bi-monthly (at a minimum) to the Criminalistics Section chair regarding proposed standards in development
  • Notify the Criminalistics Section chair when a document is ready for public review

If you are interested in being considered for an ASB CB non-voting member liaison position representing the Criminalistics Section, please submit your CV along with an email stating which CB you are interested in, confirming your ability to commit the necessary time, stating whether you’ll be able to commit to a two- or three-year term, and summarizing your qualifications to Section Chair Kary Tontarski at no later than October 8, 2016.