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Source: Rhesa G. Gilliland, MS, Section Chair
By the time you read this, nearly a month will have passed since the closing of the 2015 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, but the milestones and conference highlights will not be far from the Section members’ thoughts. The meeting proved to be a momentous one for the DMS Section for a number of reasons, including the following:
- Zeno Geradts was elected as Vice President. Congratulations to Zeno from the entire section! We are very proud of his accomplishment and gladly support him in his future endeavors.
- The section’s total membership continues to grow and we now have 111 active members which includes 20 Fellows and 23 Members.
- The section had a number of promotions – four Fellows, three Members, and one Trainee Affiliate.
- The section has new members which include 15 Associate Members, ten Student Affiliates, and three Trainee Affiliates.
- Two award plaques were presented at the business meeting: Outstanding Research Award to Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar for the 2014 presentation titled, “Assessing the Relationship Between Asperger Syndrome, Hacking, Identity Theft, Virus Writing, and Cyberbullying.”
- Outstanding Case Study Award to Mark McCoy for the 2014 presentation titled “Digital Forensic and Service Learning: The Oklahoma Tornados Project.”
- The section co-hosted a sold-out half-day workshop at the meeting: “On the Leading Edge of Forensic Science” chaired by Zeno Geradts.
- Section members, Marcus Rogers, Zeno Geradts, Dave Baker, Douglas Lacey, Mark Pollitt, two YFSF members, and myself represented the DMS Section at the Academy Cup.
- The Awards Committee has selected the following awards to be presented at the DMS Section Business Meeting during the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, NV:
- Outstanding Research Award to Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar for the 2015 presentation titled, “Assessing the Relationship Between Individual Differences and Child Pornography Image Preferences in an Internet Sample of Child Pornography Consumers.”
- Outstanding Case Study Award Thomas Murray for, “Placing the Suspect ‘Behind the Keyboard’ Through the Application of Handwriting Analysis to MS® Office OneNote® File Content (C8)” co-authored by Joseph White.
At the business meeting, I was re-elected Section Chair and Marcus Rogers was re-elected as the Section Secretary. We look forward to serving the section in these capacities and working side-by-side with the following committee chairs:
- Program Committee (Co-Chairs): Samuel Brothers and Jeff Smith
- Awards Committee: Josiah Dykstra
- Planning Committee: Dan Ryan
- Membership Committee (Co-Chairs): Mary Horvath and Jason Doyle
We should continue to reach out to our colleagues and peers and encourage them to join us in the AAFS. Further, if you wish to participate as a committee member, please contact either the committee chair or one of the section officers to express your interest. And lastly, it’s never too early to consider presenting a poster or paper, or participating in a workshop, breakfast seminar, or luncheon seminar, at the 2016 meeting in Las Vegas, NV. The theme for the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting is Transformation: Embracing Change. More details will follow in subsequent Academy News issues.