General Section News—January 2020

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Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, Section Secretary

General Section Luncheon and Business Meeting

As you make plans to attend the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, plan on attending the luncheon presentation (those who did not sign up for the luncheon are welcome to come and sit in the chairs that will be provided).  In addition, in the business meeting you can catch up on any exciting developments within the Section and the Academy,

2020 Luncheon Speaker Paul Kish, MS “The Making of an Expert”

Paul E. Kish, MS 

Just in case you have NOT heard of Paul Kish (really?) …. An extremely active member of our section since 1995, Mr. Kish is an internationally known lecturer on the subject of bloodstain pattern analysis and crime scene reconstruction, lecturing throughout the United States, Canada, England, and The Netherlands. He has instructed at 71 week-long basic bloodstain pattern analysis courses educating more than 1,000 students from 18 countries. He co-authored Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis—Theory and Practice.

Mr. Kish has his own consulting firm with more than 28 years of experience as a consulting bloodstain pattern and crime scene reconstruction expert. He has consulted on homicide cases in 47 states and 13 countries while presenting expert testimony in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.

Mr. Kish has been actively involved in standards development within the discipline of bloodstain pattern analysis since 2002 when he was one of the founding members of the Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (SWGSTAIN). He currently serves on the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Scientific Area Committee on Physics/Pattern Evidence and the Academy Standards Board’s Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Consensus Body.Mr. Kish is currently serving as the General Section Director on the AAFS Board of Directors (BOD).

He is a Fellow in the AAFS; a Distinguished Member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts; and a Life Associate Member of the International Association for Identification.


Nominations and Elections

Joanna L. Collins, MFS

Another exiting yearly activity at the business meeting are the elections for positions within the Section. Current Section Chair Steven Clark and Section Secretary Melissa Connor are up for re-election. Both were elected to these positions at the 2019 business meeting and served in these positions since. Steve’s CV may be found HERE. Melissa’s CV may be found HERE.

Paul Kish, the current Director of the General Section will not be running again this year. What is a Director and what do they do? While each section has its own officers, each also elects an Academy Board of Directors (BOD) Representative.  The BOD is made up of the officers of AAFS and the representatives of the sections, who each serve a three-year term. The Director of the General Section has been Paul Kish for the last three years.

The Director represents the section to the Academy as a whole at the BOD meetings. The BOD is responsible for the general management of the Academy, establishing AAFS policy, acquisition of funds, review of the membership committee actions, appointing the Journal Editor-in-Chief, and other duties outlined in the AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual available HERE. This is not a titular position. The individual elected must be willing to spend significant time throughout the year on their AAFS duties.

After much thought and consultation, the Nomination Committee nominated Joanna Collins for the position of General Section Director 2020-2023. Collin’s CV may be found HERE. She has been active in the General Section and AAFS, almost since her first meeting in 2003. She was a Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations from 1996 to 2007, and still acts as a Special Agent reservist. She is currently a Managing Consultant for the LINUS Consulting Group, LLC.

Nominations will also be taken from the floor during the business meeting.

See you all February 19 at the General Section Luncheon and Business Meeting!