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Source: Jim L. Caruso, MD, Section Secretary
The 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting Program Chairs have been busy putting together what promises to be an educational and informative week for us in Las Vegas and our own Joyce deJong is no exception. Dr. deJong has finished her initial review of the abstracts, and attendees will be treated to another excellent combination of platform and poster presentations. Dr. deJong has passed along that Pathology/Biology will again have a combined session with the Toxicology Section. Of course, the very popular Jay Dix Memorial Bonus Day is on the schedule, complete with the usual favorite speakers combined with some new talent. Additionally, there will be separate sessions for pediatric topics, trauma, and the use of microbiomes in forensic investigations, just to name a few.
Section Chair Kathy Haden-Pinneri would like to remind everyone that promotion to the rank of Fellow in the Academy is attainable for those who are dedicated to academic pursuits in a forensic discipline. While the October 1 deadline for submitting applications for promotion has passed for this cycle, please keep it on your radar for next year. The criteria for promotion in the Pathology/Biology Section are available on the AAFS website (www.aafs.org) and are as follows:
Associate Member to Member: Attend a minimum of two (2) annual meetings of the AAFS and two (2) Pathology/Biology Section business meetings, and demonstrate active engagement in a field of forensic science.
Member to Fellow: After being promoted to Member, attend a minimum of two (2) annual meetings of the AAFS and two (2) Pathology/Biology Section business meetings, and demonstrate active engagement in a field of forensic science in addition to one (1) or more presentations (podium or poster) at an annual meeting or one (1) publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences.
Promotion requirements are not particularly onerous and if you are attending the annual scientific meeting, you might as well share an interesting case, novel methodology, and/or some details about your area of expertise in a formal presentation. Fellow status in the Academy should be the goal of every member as it opens the door to roles of greater responsibility.
As the holidays approach and life gets busier, please remember to make your travel arrangements for the meeting in Las Vegas. It is very easy to put that off until the last minute, but anyone who has flown recently can attest to the absence of empty seats on most flights and Las Vegas is a very popular year-round travel destination.
On behalf of your section officers, we are looking forward to seeing everyone in Vegas!