Odontology January 2015 News Update

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Source: Iain A. Pretty, DDS, PhD, Section Chair

Preparations for the annual meeting are in the final stages, and Section Program Chair Adam Freeman has done an excellent job on the Scientific Sessions — you can have a look at the schedule now online. We are very grateful for all the submissions and it looks to be another collection of superb presentations.

The annual meeting is always an excellent way of learning, networking, socializing, and undertaking necessary business in relation to our section. One of the highlights of the section business meeting is the opportunity to celebrate excellence in our section and this year we have two awards to present: Philip Levine will be awarded the Lester Luntz Award and Norman “Skip” Sperber will receive the Reider F. Sognnaes Award of Excellence in Forensic Odontology. Please plan to attend the business meeting and join us in celebrating with these two very deserving award recipients.

This year at the section business meeting, we will also discuss some possible changes to our requirements for membership — so your opinion and input are especially important as we seek to increase membership opportunities while continuing to ensure that standards are maintained. Watch your email from the Academy for suggested proposals which we will act upon at our business meeting. You can register for the meeting and book your hotel accommodation now, and please don’t forget to select the annual Bitemark Breakfast in your registration — it’s going to be excellent as usual — and this event always sells out! Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton will present, “Frye to Daubert, A Change in the Legal Standard”. This speaker will attract attention and participation from other sections. Don’t miss out.

While you are online — don’t forget to join the American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO) for their annual meeting on Tuesday. The ASFO will present an all-day program concentrating on bitemark evidence. Also check out the American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) website. The ABFO will hold two workshops. On Sunday, February 15, the Bitemark Workshop will be held (for which places are available as observers). On Saturday, February 21, an Age Estimation Workshop will be offered (which is currently sold out). Particulars and information for all of these programs can be located on the organizations’ websites, www.asfo.org and www.abfo.org, respectively.