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Forensic Elite to Meet in Seattle

American Academy of Forensic Sciences Hosts 66th Annual Scientific Meeting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 4,000 forensic professionals representing all states in the U.S. and 66 countries worldwide will convene at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA, Feb. 17-22, 2014.  The meeting will focus on forensic science education, mentorship and the path moving forward.

This year marks the five-year anniversary since the publication of the National Academy of Science (NAS) report, "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States, A Path Forward." The opening Plenary Session on Wednesday, Feb. 19, will probe the effect of the NAS report on forensic science in the U.S. in four key areas: certification, accreditation, research/validation, and education.  Additionally, the new vice chairs of the National Commission on Forensic Science, Nelson Santos from the DEA and John Butler from NIST, will be introduced to the Academy.

Professionals who are actively involved with shaping the future of forensic sciences will present more than 800 scientific papers, seminars, workshops and special sessions addressing topics ranging from forensic psychiatry and behavioral sciences to interdisciplinary approaches to forensic science investigations using physical evidence.   The meeting includes exhibits on forensic science technologies that are advancing efficiencies and outcomes. AAFS will also confer the honor of Distinguished Fellow on two of its past presidents, Graham Jones, Ph.D., toxicologist, and Edmund Donoghue, M.D., pathologist, in recognition of their contributions to the Academy and to the forensic sciences profession.

The AAFS is hosting "Sherlock Holmes: The First CSI, "a free public event at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, at the Sheraton Seattle, revealing the fictional detective's astonishing and lasting impact on criminal investigations.  Paul Bernays, director of the new PBS documentary "How Sherlock Changed the World," and world-renowned forensic science experts Dr. Henry Lee, Professor and Vice President, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences, University of New Haven, Jeff Teitelbaum, Forensic Science Librarian, Forensic Laboratory Services Bureau, Washington State Patrol, and Dr. Kathy Reichs, author and producer of the TV series  "Bones" and Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, present the fiction that led to practices used in the world of real forensic science to this day, providing insights to this highly popular and growing career field.

COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION FOR THE MEDIA: Individuals able to document a current direct connection with the news media may receive free registration at the AAFS Registration Desk, as may journalism students, by presenting letterhead-stationary certification that they are attending as part of a class activity. All persons seeking access to any aspect of the Annual Meeting must be registered. Press attending special functions (e.g. workshops, seminars, luncheons) are required to pre-register and pay the fees designated by the pre-registration deadline.

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote integrity, competency, education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences. Organized in 1948, AAFS serves a distinguished and diverse membership of 6,600 forensic science professionals who are the focal point for public information when forensic science issues are addressed in the public domain. AAFS publishes the internationally recognized Journal of Forensic Sciences. For more information visit www.aafs.org.    

SOURCE American Academy of Forensic Sciences

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