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Source: Sarah Kerrigan, PhD, Section Chair
By now, we hope you are beginning to prepare for the upcoming AAFS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, February 22-27, 2016. Section Program Chair Fiona Couper and Co-Chair Nikolas Lemos are hard at work assembling what is sure to be a spectacular program! This year, the section will be proposing a workshop on the value of diversity, inclusion, and equality which, if selected, would tie in nicely with the theme of the 2016 Annual Meeting.
Abstracts for all papers, posters, and special sessions must be submitted by the deadline. Don’t leave this until the last minute and please remember that the deadline is strictly enforced. If you have ideas or suggestions for workshops, it’s not too late. You can reach the Section Program Committee at Fiona.Couper@wsp.wa.gov and firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark your calendars now and if you have not already begun to work on your abstracts, workshop proposals, or other submissions – now is the time to do so. The deadline to submit is fast approaching – August 1!
Please also remember that nominations for Toxicology Section awards and scholarships are due August 1. These awards are a great way to recognize outstanding members of the forensic toxicology community for their contributions as new investigators, practitioners, analytical achievements, or career-long service. Contact Graham Jones, Chair of the Awards and Scholarship Committee, (Graham.Jones@gov.ab.ca) to nominate a deserving member.
Finally, please encourage your co-workers and especially new employees, colleagues, and students to apply for Student Affiliate, Trainee Affiliate, or Associate Member membership before the October 1 deadline. Requests to promote to Member and Fellow must also be received by this date. Please don’t forget that service to the organization is a consideration for promotion. If you would like to volunteer for activities or become more involved with the 2016 annual meeting, now is your chance to let one of the section officers or program chairs know. Philip Kemp, Chair of the Student Academy Committee, is seeking additional committee members. This is a great opportunity for early-career forensic scientists as well as more experienced members. If you are interested in getting more involved in this committee, please email Philip Kemp at Philip.Kemp@faa.gov.
Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!