NEAFS 2020 Annual Meeting Workshops

Public Speaking for Criminal Justice Professionals - A Manner of Speaking

Wednesday, October 14th

9:30 - 12:00

Instructor: Thomas P. Mauriello M.F.S.

“Most people would generally agree that a great deal — probably most — of the presentations

we have to sit through in the business world are awful. They are all too often passionless, boring,and dense with unreadable PowerPoint slides.” 

Whether you speak to one or one-thousand; are comfortable or terrified with public speaking;

whether you have been speaking for many years or just a beginner; "Public Speaking for

Criminal Justice Professionals"; will improve your presentation skills through strategic

planning, preparation, and performance. Techniques for speaking in all settings with confidence,

choosing the right audio-visual technologies, and dealing with questions from an audience, are

explained clearly to help the participant develop their presentation skills. 55 proven effective

presentation tools will be presented, demonstrated, and provided to each participant who attends

this workshop. Knowing your subject does NOT guarantee a successful presentation.

Aristotle, who many recognize as the Father of Public Speaking and Forensic Debate said, “It is

not enough to know what to say, one must know how to say it.” This short four hour workshop

focuses on technique and the recognition that “a speech is composed of three factors — the

speaker, the subject and the listener — and it is to the last of these that its purpose is related.” 


Tom Mauriello created and has presented this workshop to thousands of criminal justice and

counterintelligence professionals throughout the world. Tom is also the host of the webcast, Show. He recently authored the book published by CRC Press, with the

same title as this workshop, “Public Speaking for Criminal Justice Professionals – A

Manner of Speaking”.


So reduce the fear, embarrassment and agony of public speaking; or increase your repertoire of

oral communications skills in the classroom, courtroom or conference room. This training

experience guarantees that you will gain a wealth of knowledge that will “make a difference.”

Forensic Drug Chemistry Fundamentals Workflow Workshop

Wednesday, October 14th

9:30 - 12:30

Instructor: Dr. Kirk Lokits– Agilent Technologies

The Unknowns Analysis Workshop is designed to be a full day face to face with hands-on software exercises utilizing forensic drug, explosives, and arson data. The workshop has been redesigned to accommodate for a virtual classroom setting, focused on forensic drug data, and will have 1 live instructor for 3 hours of instruction. Prior to the workshop each student will be sent a link for a virtual machine (VM), using Windows Remote Desktop, containing the configured software and single quad drug data used for the course. Each student will have a period after the course (TBD) to continue using the VM to help re-enforce workflows and review exercises. It’s not required but preferred for the student to have access to MassHunter on an existing or soon to be acquired GCMS system in their laboratory to continue using the workflows after the workshop. Additionally, though not required, but it is highly recommended that each attendee use 2 monitors for the workshop. One monitor will be used to observe the instructor on WebEx, demonstrating the workflow tasks, while the 2nd monitor will be used to mimic the workflow tasks and exercises on the VM. Course is limited to 15  attendees due to the ability to maintain and concisely handle questions and software issues remotely.

A functioning email account will be required to send the VM link and instructions. The email address will only be used for workshop purposes.

Analytical Considerations, Requirements and Methodologies for the Opioid Crisis

Wednesday, October 14th

9:30 - 12:00

There is an increasing need for toxicologists to have awareness of and access to the most appropriate analytical tools to assist with the numerous challenges and complexities relative to the opioid crisis/epidemic. This workshop will provide attendees with a review of the many challenges associated with opioid toxicological investigations in biological samples and will describe potential solutions to these challenges using liquid chromatography [LC] and various hyphenated mass spectrometry [MS] techniques. Adjacent technologies for the identification of opioids and other drug substances in non-biological matrices will also be discussed. The workshop content will include LC-MS applications using accurate mass detection for the identification of novel drug compounds and metabolites, comprehensive quantitation of an extended opioid panel, confirmation of fentanyl analog drugs within blood, ‘designer’ opioid confirmation, and the use and optimization of mass spectrometry to enhance specificity and speed to enable the identification of an unknown chemical substance in powders and pills.

Forensic Drug Chemistry and the Challenges it Poses: NMS Labs’ Multi-Faceted Approach to Maintain Productivity, Efficiency, and Quality

Wednesday, October 14th

1:30 - 4:00

Speakers: Amanda Andrews, Sarah Shuda, Nicole Lattanzio, Sally Ullman, Aaron Ullman, Sarah Decker, Fran Diamond

The world of forensic drug chemistry is ever changing and always challenging. Each year sees a proliferation of new, more complex compounds, sample types and changes to legislation. It is the challenge to keep up with these changes that all labs face. Productivity and profitability are important factors in any business, but can a lab maintain efficiency and more importantly, quality while meeting these metrics? This workshop is designed to present the multiple approaches NMS labs has adopted to facilitate an efficient means of lab management, sample analysis and reporting in order to provide quality results to clients. Challenges such as sample preparation, data analysis, turn-around-time and managing a multi-site network of labs will be discussed.

Future Trends in Forensic DNA Technology 

Wednesday, October 14th

1:30 - 4:00

A “Uninhibited” video featuring Peterjon McAnany and Nick Andrews- RapidHIT ID

Victim Advocate  - Ashley Spence

RapidHIT ID presentation –  Jon Lucyshyn entitled “Rapid DNA Updates & Case Studies”

A “Uninhibited” video featuring Peterjon McAnany and Nick Andrews - HID Seq Studio

HID Seq Studio presentation- Laura Ascroft entitled “Applied Biosystems™ SeqStudio™ Genetic Analyzer for Human Identification: Evolution of the CE System to Match Your Evolving Needs”


Bio:  Laura Ascroft is a Field Application Scientist at Thermo Fisher Scientific supporting the Northeast territory.  She provides specialized technical applications support and training to ensure customers are successful with the Forensic HID products, services, and workflows.  She also has experience working on the Global HID Professional Services team where she performed technical project management and oversight of global HPS validation projects.  Prior to joining Thermo Fisher, Laura held positions as a Forensic Biologist, Validation Manager, and Supervisor during her 12 year tenure in the Biology Section of the Monroe County Crime Laboratory.

Bio:  Jonathan Lucyshyn is a Field Application Scientist with Thermo Fisher Scientific. Jon joined the team in February of 2020 and is based out of Columbus, Ohio where he resides with my fiancée Jocelyn. Prior to joining Thermo Fisher Scientific, Jon was a Forensic Scientist with the Columbus Police Crime Laboratory in Columbus, Ohio and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory in Dover, Delaware.  In Jon’s  nine years as a Forensic Scientist, he performed a variety of roles in addition to casework, which included internal validations of several STR chemistries and automated workflows. Additionally, Jon was a Visiting Scientist with the FBI, Counterterrorism Forensic Science Research Unit, optimizing a DNA repair enzyme kit for degraded biological samples and researching microbial biomarkers. Jon has two degrees, a Master of Science in Forensic Science/Forensic Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from James Madison University. Currently, he is on a quest with his fiancée to visit all of the US National Parks visiting 6 out of the total 56 parks in the past two years.

With the proliferation of so many novel psychoactive substances (NPS) and complexity of sample components in seized drug samples, the analysis of these samples requires an innovative approach to incorporate the use of advanced analytical tools, more intense training, and a much greater understanding of the regional legislation. This workshop is designed to present the approach NMS labs has chosen to facilitate an efficient means of sample analysis that provides clients a complete report in a relatively short period of time. Maintaining quality and efficiency at multiple sites is a challenge that will be discussed.

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