Odontology Section News — October 2016

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Source:  Adam J. Freeman, DDS, Section Secretary

It’s hard to believe Labor Day has passed and kids are going back to school.  It is a sign that the process for preparing for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in Louisiana is fast approaching.  The accommodations information is on the AAFS website — remember to make your reservations and register as soon as you can.

Section Program Chair Roger Metcalf has been hard at work encouraging everyone to send in abstracts, then culling through all of them to bring us what promises to be a very strong scientific session.  If you have a wish to moderate a session, please contact Dr. Metcalf.

Section Chair Ray Miller has been working on a few initiatives to allow us to have a more robust Policy and Procedure Manual for our section, which will allow us to do more than meet once a year and will strengthen the duties of the chair to include being able to create committees within our section when the need arises.

The American Board of Forensic Odontology will be hosting two workshops this year, the Expert Witness Workshop and the Age Estimation Workshop, both of which will be held on Sunday, February 12.  While there are no longer any participation spots available, there are a small number of observer spots available.  If interested, please go to www.abfo.org and register NOW.

Please remember that this will be the first year the Odontology Section will not host the Thomas Krauss Memorial Bitemark Breakfast; instead, the bitemark portion of the scientific session will be named in his honor.  You have the ability to be part of this history by attending its inaugural.

I am very proud to announce that the Awards Committee for the Odontology Section met, discussed, debated, and have settled on two well-deserving recipients.

Frank D. Wright has been chosen to receive the Reidar F. Sognnaes Award of Excellence in Forensic Odontology.  This award recognizes the achievement of an individual in the field of forensic odontology.  The recipient must be a member of the Odontology Section and must have made a significant contribution to the field of forensic odontology.  The award specifically relates to excellence in forensic odontology, not to what the individual does outside of the field of forensic odontology.

Thomas J. David has been chosen to receive the Lester Luntz Odontology Award.  This award is based on excellence as it relates to forensic odontology, along with involvement in and contributions to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Odontology Section.

Please join me in congratulating both of these well-deserving individuals.  We as an organization are better off due to their hard work over the past four decades.

The AAFS Annual Meeting in New Orleans is right on the horizon.  It is time to start making plans to attend and we all look forward to seeing you there.  Please keep a sharp eye on the AAFS website to see when registration opens.  Remember, hotel space fills up quickly.

On behalf of your Executive Committee and Program Chair, I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans.