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September 2015

American Board of Criminalistics Certification Examination Review
Hosted by Bay Path University
Saturday, September 12, 2015

This workshop involves lectures and discussion in preparation for the American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) certification examinations.  The workshop is directed at forensic practitioners to assist them in focusing their study for certification examinations in Comprehensive Criminalistics and in the following specialty disciplines: Molecular Biology, Drug Chemistry, Fire Debris Analysis, Trace Evidence (Hairs & Fibers), and Trace Evidence (Paints & Polymers).

The morning will focus on ABC exam preparation strategies including timeline, study guides, resources, and discussion of the general exam categories across all specialties (legal, quality, common KSA's).  The afternoon will consist of breakout sessions into each discipline for more in-depth information using the ABC study guides. The afternoon will also include a “mock examination” for the participants to test their current knowledge and identify weak areas for further study.

At least 3 registrants for each section will need to be registered in order for a breakout session to be offered.


8am-10am                     8am-10amHistory/overview of the ABC, ABC Test Taking Strategies –Professional standardized tests         

10am-12pm                   General topics/General Criminalistics                                   

1pm-3pm                      Specialty Discipline Overviews

3pm-6pm                      Timed Mock Examination

$75 NEAFS members - Registration for NEAFS Members
$125 non-members - Registration for Non-NEAFS Members

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*The American Board of Criminalistics has no affiliation with this course.

Annual MAFSMeeting- Mackinac Island, MI
Leadership/Management Workshop Series
September 21-22, 2015

Four half-day workshops (Bias, OrganizationalBehaviorand Communication, Leader Emergence, andRiskManagement) will expose current managers and futurmanagerial candidates to topics thacontribute to becoming a successful leader in forensic science.  See link for more info:

The Forensic Science Training Institute at Cedar Crest College announces the following workshop:

Probabilistic DNA Mixture Interpretation
Instructors: Simon Gittelson and Michael Coble, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dates: September 25-26, 2015

This workshop will focus on assigning likelihood ratios (LRs) for interpreting DNA mixtures. The workshop will familiarize the attendees with the mathematical calculations used by the classical binary approach and methods that consider the probability of drop-out including a semi-continuous approach. In addition, the attendees will be introduced to the mathematical methods used by the continuous approach to DNA mixture interpretation. Topics covered will include a review of basic probability and the LR, how to incorporate the uncertainty of stochastic effects into a LR, how to take into account the probability that two alleles are identical by descent, and how Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulations of a continuous approach lead to a LR.  Examples and exercises will help the attendees understand the theoretical concepts and consider the advantages and limitations of the different approaches.

Registration: $175.  The registration fee is waived for any member of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists.
Information regarding registration and lodging can be found at

November 2015

The Marshall University Forensic Science Center, Marshall University Forensic Science Center, Huntington, West Virginia
Forensic Relationship Training:Session 1 & 2 Combined
November 2-5, 2015

For more information please visit :

Contact: Judy Fry, Telephone: 304-691-8959 or Email:

New England Division of the International Association for Identification (NEDIAI) Annual Meeting
November 16-18th, 2015 in Burlington, VT 

Call for Speakers!

Preparations are underway to make this year’s NEDIAI Annual Educational Conference a great training opportunity for everyone. This year's conference will be held November 16-18, 2015 at the Hilton in Burlington, Vermont. Rachel Lemery, Mike Hutchinson and I are the technical program coordinators this year and we are seeking presenters to make this year’s conference a success.

Over the past few years we have had excellent technical and scientific programs, our thanks goes out to Rachel Lemery and Alicia Wilcox for their dedicated service as program coordinators during last year’s meeting. The NEDIAI prides itself on offering low cost, specialized, and needs specific training. We see this as a primary goal of our organization. Past conferences have seen international, national and New England experts share their knowledge and experience with our members.   

We would like to carry on the tradition of tailoring some of the training to those who respond to smaller crime scenes; the patrol officer or small department detective.  We are looking for a series of short lectures on various forensic disciplines (e.g. evidence collection, crime scene photography, trace evidence, footwear/tire, latent prints, toolmarks, and bloodstain patterns). We are also looking for some case studies, as this is a great way to learn from each other by seeing how our colleagues do things.  Start thinking of cases you have worked in the past, research projects, validation studies etc. that you can share with us.  

Obviously, without presenters there would be no conference.  We are all extremely busy and have backlogs, deadlines and court to deal with, but PLEASE consider dedicating a little time to prepare and present a short lecture or workshop.  You can even co-present to share the work. By presenting, you benefit our membership and the experience is important for personal professional development.

If you are interested in presenting, please email us an abstract of your presentation or workshop.  The NEDIAI is relying on a certain number of you to step forward and help educate our members and guest attendees (future members).


Kim, Rachel and Mike

December 2015

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop
Presented by the Specialized Training Unit at the Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, Doral, Florida
December 7-11, 2015

For information contact: Toby L. Wolson, MS, F-ABC, Criminalist Supervisor, Miami-Dade Police Department, Forensic Services Bureau, Forensic Identification Section, 9105 NW 25th Street, Doral, Florida 33172-1500; Voice: 305-471-3041; Fax: 305-471-2052 or E-mail: .

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