Research in Science: How Young Scientists Can Shape a Better Future

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Source:  Brittany N. Beyer, MS, YFSF Secretary

The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Committee hopes everyone is gearing up for another great AAFS annual meeting in February. The YFSF Special Session will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in Seattle, WA. Our theme this year is Research in Science:  How Young Scientists Can Shape a Better Future. The YFSF is pleased to announce the 2018 YFSF Special Session speakers:  Cheryl Hunter, Thomas Vastrick, Marcus Rogers, Josep De Alcaraz-Fossoul, Lindsay Glicksberg, Elisa Shoff, Michael Peat, Sheila Willis, Dragan Primorac, Peter Stout, Greg Hampikian, Pierre Guyomarc’h, Joseph Prahlow, Gail Anderson, and Pamela Marshall.

We are excited to provide young forensic scientists with a speaker set that includes researchers, section chairs, Emerging Forensic Scientist Award winners, the Journal of Forensic Sciences Editor-in-Chief, lab directors, international representatives, and education program directors. We will hear a variety of presentations focused on how students can contribute to new science and influence their respective fields. These presentations range from digital forensic research to victim case-driven research and include how forensic geneticists and other scientists have been contributing to humanitarian initiatives and the Innocence Network for the past 15 years and how they will continue to do so in the future.

Additionally, we have speakers from the Special Session who will attend the lunch included in the workshop and the YFSF Breakfast Session on Thursday; they will be available for questions and résumé review. We have continued the discussion panel at the end of the workshop for speakers to close out the afternoon and to address questions you may have. We hope to see you there! Any additional inquiries regarding the 2018 Special Session may be directed to the committee at