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Source: Sarah Kerrigan, PhD, Section Chair
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences such a success. Tremendous thanks to our Section Program Chairs Becky Jufer and Dan Anderson for their hard work. With over 150 registered attendees, “Toxicology of the Poisoned Patient,” chaired by Robert Middleberg and Barry Logan, was a great success, as were the multidisciplinary sessions with the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section on Thursday and the Pathology/Biology Section on Friday. With more than 80 presentations and posters, special thanks to all the reviewers, moderators, and judges who volunteered their time to make this year’s program a success. Congratulations to Marissa Finkelstein, recipient of the 2015 Best Poster Award and $1,000 prize (supported by RTI). In keeping with the meeting theme Celebrating the Forensic Science Family, during the Toxicology Section Luncheon, we enjoyed a lighthearted presentation on the challenges associated with work-life balance from Ana Shaw and had the opportunity to recognize Yale Caplan for his extraordinary contributions as a mentor. As in the past, the heartfelt and humorous accolades from Marina Stajic, Bruce Goldberger, Barry Levine (delivered by Dan Isenschmid) and Kurt Dubowski provided both professional and personal insight into Yale’s toxicology family tree. Special thanks to Henry Nipper for providing the luncheon slideshow.
At our Toxicology Awardees Reception, we recognized Marc LeBeau (Alexander Gettler Award), Ashraf Mozayani (Rolla Harger Award), Jillian Yeakel (Irvine Sunshine Award), and Recebba Hartman (June Jones Scholarship). Thanks to the generous support of Aegis Sciences Corporation. An additional highlight for the Toxicology Section was the Distinguished Fellow Honoree, Marilyn Huestis, for her incredible contributions to our field. As always, no meeting is a success without the generous support of our financial contributors who include: Aegis Sciences Corporation, Agilent, Immunalysis, SPEWare, Shamrock Glass, and Lipomed. Last but certainly not least, thank you to our outgoing Section Chair Dwain Fuller for his hard work and leadership this year and for making it so much fun professionally and personally. Additional thanks to all those who participated in committees this past year and to those who accepted new positions this year, in particular Graham Jones for agreeing to chair the Awards and Scholarship Committee.
Although it seems too soon to be thinking about our next meeting, upcoming Section Program Chair Fiona Couper and Co-Chair Nikolas Lemos are already doing just that – Viva Las Vegas 2016!