Engineering Sciences March 2015 News Update


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Source: John Nixon, MBA, Section Chair

The meeting in Orlando was well attended. The ESS Academy Cup team did not win the event (hosted by ESS BOD Representative, Laura Liptai) but very much enjoyed the participation and the comradery.

ESS Academy Cup Team Members (l to r): Helmut Brosz, Bob Lynch, Roy Crawford, David Pienkowski, Donn Peterson, and Kurt Weiss.

ESS Academy Cup Team Members (l to r): Helmut Brosz, Bob Lynch, Roy Crawford, David Pienkowski, Donn Peterson, and Kurt Weiss.

Engineering Sciences Section presented a full program of scientific papers – around sixty in all. Good work by ESS Program Chair Darren Franck.

Laura Liptai received the AAFS 2015 Luncheon Seminar Chair plaque. Carol Erikson received the ESS Chair plaque, Tom Shefchick (ESS Retired Fellow) was presented with the Founder’s Award, while Sarah Hainsworth and Darren Franck each received the Andrew H. Payne, Jr., Special Achievement Award.

2015 Engineering Sciences Section Award Winner: Thomas Shefchick - Founders Award.

2015 Engineering Sciences Section Award Winner: Thomas Shefchick – Founders Award.

2015 Engineering Sciences Section Award Winner: Sarah Hainsworth - Andrew H. Payne, Jr., Special Achievement Award.

2015 Engineering Sciences Section Award Winner: Sarah Hainsworth – Andrew H. Payne, Jr., Special Achievement Award.

While it is unusual to present two Payne awards in one year, it was felt that both candidates were exceptionally deserving. Darren Franck has been the principal contributing author to three books on the subject of forensic engineering science. Professor Hainsworth has advanced the science of blade, bottle, and beer glass injury analysis; and her cutting edge work examining the skeletal remains of King Richard III has been the subject of numerous articles, documentaries, and a presentation at an AAFS meeting. The importance of Professor Hainsworth’s work has been underscored by the constant increase in bottle, glass, and knife crime in the U.K. – 130,000 knife attacks in 2010. The same statistical source (Bureau of Justice Statistics – 2010 Criminal Victimization Report) reveals that U.K. subjects are around twice as likely to be victims of a knife attack as someone in the U.S. is to be the victim of a gun attack – 210 knife attacks per 100,000 U.K. citizens versus 110 gun attacks per 100,000 U.S. citizens. Apparently if you take away one class of weapon, offenders just move on to another class. US DOJ statistics (1980 to 2008) reveal that the major common denominator in violent crime is gender, with 91% of murders being committed by males. Perhaps a policy of behavior modification via gender neutralization would be more effective than continually banning and confiscating items that may, someday, be used as weapons.

Advance Notification – ESS International Summer Meeting (September 11-14)

Helmut Brosz, (Fellow) has graciously offered to host the ESS Summer Meeting in Toronto, Canada. The event will include presentation of scientific papers, attendance at the All Canadian Jazz Festival, a reception and dinner, a tour of the billion dollar Ontario Center of Forensic Sciences (OCFS) and a visit to the Ontario Science Center in Toronto. Plans are being finalized and members will be kept informed via email during the coming weeks. Please reserve September 11-14, if you are interested in attending this international event. Some of the venues have attendance limitations; please email hgb@brosz.net as soon as possible to reserve your place.