General Section News — December 2017

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Source:  Steven C. Clark, PhD, Section Secretary

As we bid farewell to 2017 and look forward to 2018, the General Section Officers want to wish our membership a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Seattle in February at the AAFS Annual Meeting. On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the section will hold its annual luncheon preceding the business meeting. Our presentation this year will be “International Murder and Intrigue” by David Pauly, Special Agent (Ret), United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), Director of Applied Forensic Science, Methodist University. You will not want to miss it but in order to attend, you must preregister for the General Section Luncheon, #L5. On-site registration will not be allowed!

The Business Meeting will take place immediately following at 1:30 p.m. Keep in mind that meeting attendance is required for promotion and is a great way to stay informed of section happenings. To obtain credit for your General Section Business Meeting attendance, make sure you sign in on the roster prior to the conclusion of the business meeting. Speaking of promotion, if you are an Associate Member attending the 2018 meeting and need committee participation for promotion, please email me at — the Minutes Review Committee has a couple of open positions.

Be on the lookout for pre-meeting materials that will be discussed and voted on during our section business meeting. These documents will be emailed to you mid-January 2018 for voting on at the Section Business Meeting on February 21, 2018.

The Annual Academy Cup competition is held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. It is a friendly competition among the sections to determine who has the most “Academy Knowledge.” Our team composition has grown and this year up to 30 individuals from each section are allowed to participate and compete for the coveted cup! If you think you can outwit the competition, want to spend some extra time with your fellow section members, and are ready to take back the cup from Pathology/Biology, please let Joanna Collins ( know by January 20, 2018, and she will add you to the team.