YFSF Special Session


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Sources:  Amanda R. Hale, MA, Special Session Chair, and Zain Bhaloo, MSc, Special Session Co-Chair

The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Committee is preparing for our all-day special session coming up soon. This year’s theme is Research in Science:  How Young Scientists Can Shape A Better Future, and it is all about our young scientists. We have 14 presentations from leaders in their fields to provide insight into:  (1) how best to navigate the work force; (2) how to get involved in educational programs and global initiatives; and (3) the constant surprises casework can bring and how it can shape your career. In addition, we have the AAFS-selected Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Emerging Forensic Scientist Award recipient, Lindsay Glicksberg, who will be giving her winning presentation. This is a great opportunity to see a successful presentation style as well as comprehensive research.

We hope you will join us for this year’s all-day session, which includes lunch and a discussion panel with some of our speakers. Last year, the discussion panel was a great opportunity for attendees to ask more questions that were not all topically related to the speakers’ talks. With representation from most of our sections, this year’s session is not to be missed. Our speakers include:  Pamela Marshall, Director of Forensic Science from the Southern University of New Orleans; Gail Anderson, a Professor of Criminology from Simon Fraser University and a board-certified entomologist; Joseph Prahlow from Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker School of Medicine; Pierre Guyomarc’h, Deputy Head of the International Commission of the Red Cross; Greg Hampikian, a Professor of Biology and Criminal Justice from Boise State University; Peter Stout, Director of the Houston Forensic Science Center; Dragan Primorac, Member of the International Consortium for Personalized Medicine Executive Committee; Sheila Willis, Director General of Forensic Science Ireland; María Ciruzzi, a lawyer from the National Pediatric Hospital of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Micheal Peat, Editor of the Journal of Forensic Sciences; Elisa Shoff, Forensic Toxicologist from Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office; Josep de Alcaraz-Fossoul, from the School of Mathematics and Natural Science at Arizona State University; Marcus Rogers, Department Head of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University and Chair of the Digital and Multimedia Sciences Section of the Academy; and Thomas Vastrick, a board-certified document examiner, member of the Academy’s Board of Directors as well as past Chair of the Questioned Documents section.

With meeting registration open and this phenomenal group of speakers, we hope to see you there. Remember that registration includes the all-day Special Session on Tuesday, February 20, and the breakfast session on Thursday, February 22.