July 2015 Odontology Section News

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Source: Adam J. Freeman, DDS, Section Program Chair

As you know, AAFS President Victor Weedn has selected the theme Transformation: Embracing Change for the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting. This proves to be an appropriate theme as the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSACs) have been populated with well-qualified experts in the field, with many members of the AAFS a part of that population. AAFS Past President Robert Barsley is chair of the Odontology OSAC.

Part of adopting change and transforming our field is the dissemination of information. I encourage all of you to consider presenting a paper or poster at the scientific session. To all of you who took the time to present last year, I thank you. Everyone who participates is the backbone of a successful annual meeting.

By submitting an abstract and presenting a paper or poster, you stimulate the transformation that Dr. Weedn discusses. Whether you are a grizzled veteran or a novice, we can all learn from each other. The deadline for submission is August 1; this is a firm deadline and there is no leeway for extensions. The submission process is online at www.aafs.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at AFreeman@abfo.org. Additionally, if you are interested in moderating during the scientific sessions, please email me and I will try and accommodate your request.

I would like to thank those who have come before me, Ray Miller, Iain Pretty, and Paula Brumit to name a few, and who have for the past six years made our section meetings and scientific sessions stellar.

American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO) President Roger Metcalf and ASFO President-Elect David Senn are working hard to make sure the ASFO program will again be interesting and well attended. Visit www.ASFO.org to register.

The American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) will be offering two workshops in Las Vegas. The Dental Identification Workshop will take place Saturday, February 20, 2016, and the Civil Litigation Workshop will take place on Sunday, February 21, 2016. Those participants who successfully defend the civil litigation case will receive one testimony credit toward the requirements to be able to challenge the board. Those participants who attend the ID workshop can receive credit for up to five identifications toward the requirements to be able to challenge the board. There is still availability for participants as well as observers. For more information and to register, go to www.ABFO.org.

It is difficult to believe that the deadline for abstract submission is less than one month away. To submit an abstract online, go to www.aafs.org, or you can submit an abstract with the forms located in the July 2015 online Academy News.

On behalf of Section Chair Iain Pretty and Section Secretary Ray Miller, we look forward to serving you over the next year and to a successful and transformative meeting in Las Vegas.