Have an idea for a training event?
Need to bring training to your lab?
Would you like NEAFS to subsidize and sponsor your training event?
Let’s hear from you!
Interested laboratories shall complete the attached application and email it to the NEAFS Education Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should be received at least 4 months in advance of the anticipated date(s) of the event. The contact person can expect to be informed by the Education Chairperson of the approval or denial of the request within 30 days of receiving the application.
Things to know:
• Due to finite amount of funds available annually, NEAFS will subsidize according to the following guidelines:
o Small Training – 0 - 10 participants = up to $4000
o Medium Training – 11 - 20 participants = up to $7000
o Large Training – 21+ participants = $10,000
• If requesting more than $10,000 from NEAFS, funds may be available upon request pending approval by the Board of Directors and/or NEAFS membership.
• 20% of total participants must be NEAFS members or active NEAFS applicants.
• Training may be opened to additional labs to acquire additional funding beyond training size limitations.
• NEAFS will advertise the training on its website if registration is opened up to external (non-host) labs.
• If training funds requested exceed the guidelines and the requesting lab does not wish to open up training to outside labs then the lab is responsible for the difference in the cost of training. Registration fees for non-NEAFS members may be used.
• The number of contact hours for those claiming continuing education credit(s) as a result of the training will be determined by the instructor(s).
Past NEAFS Sponsored Training
Trace Evidence Workshop
The three-day workshop covered various aspects of trace evidence, including transfer theories and collection techniques. Microscopic examinations were emphasized, including searching for potential biological material on items of evidence. The remainder of the workshop focused on forensic hair examination, including: the evidentiary value of hair; the structure of hair; differences between hairs and fibers; differences between animal hair and human hair; slide mounting techniques; root characteristics and searching for biological material on hairs; determination of somatic origin; photomicrography; report writing and courtroom testimony. The workshop consisted of lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises. The participants gained additional experience with the stereoscope that may be applied to their examination of evidence. The hands-on laboratory exercises were invaluable in reinforcing the material covered in the workshop.