Agenda

Presentations on the newest forensic DNA technologies and practices by industry leaders

  • September 13th
  • September 14th
  • September 15th
  • September 16th
  • September 17th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

AABB Workshop

This workshop will address AABB accreditation related topics, including the accreditation process, Relationship Testing Standards, proficiency testing, validations, and calculations.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Embody Forensic Excellence

Amy JeanguenatChair

Principle Consultant at Mindgen, LLC

Being able to face challenges in forensics is nothing new, this industry will continue to have big moments and times of contemplation. Embodying excellence is what allows someone to move through these times with more ease, become stronger, clearer, and masterful of actions.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Arguing the Case for DNA Evidence Based on Probabilistic Genotyping

Michael CobleChair

Associate Director, Center for Human Identification, UNTHSC

This interactive workshop is designed to empower the DNA expert in delivering cogent arguments for DNA evidence based on probabilistic genotyping.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

HITA Workshop

Description to be announced.

Location TBA
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The International Frontier in Forensic DNA Sequencing

Charla MarshallChair

Chief, Emerging Technologies Section, AFMES-AFDIL

This workshop will present the future of forensic DNA analysis that is made possible with massively parallel sequencing. Starting with STR markers and moving to mitogenomes, SNPs, genetic genealogy, and epigenetics, a range of MPS workflows will be presented by international experts in forensic genetics.
Location TBA
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Implementation of Rapid DNA

Douglas HaresChair

National DNA Index System Program Manager, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s CODIS Unit

This workshop will cover the implementation of Rapid DNA in the United States.
Location TBA
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

You Deserve a Cookie! Navigating The Challenging World of Leadership in Forensic Biology

Julie Conover SikorskyCo-Chair

Forensic Scientist Supervisor, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

Pamela MarshallCo-Chair

Director, Duquesne University

Managing in a forensic DNA laboratory has its own unique complications. This interactive workshop is designed for individuals in these leader positions, offering them management and leadership tools that they can implement in their operations.
Location TBA
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Unusual Collaboration and Techniques to Solve a Cold Case Homicide

John BockrathChair

Senior Criminalist, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Presentation of the challenges and obstacles faced in solving a 47 year old cold case kidnapping, sexual assault and homicide of an eleven year old girl. Unusual collaboration between numerous law enforcement agencies, medical examiner offices, forensic anthropologist, public and private forensic/DNA laboratories, unique investigative techniques and Genetic Genealogy were used to solve this case.
Location TBA
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Grupo Cientifico Latino-Americano de Trabajo Sobre Identificacion Humana

Ronaldo Carneiro da Silva JuniorChair

Custodian of the National DNA Database, Brazilian Federal Police

The central theme of this year's meeting will be: “New frontiers of knowledge: building the forensic genetics of the next decade”. This workshop is presented entirely in Spanish.
Location TBA
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

General Session Presentations

Location TBA
9:15 am - 10:00 am

The Foundling – Resolving a Case of Unknown Identity through the Use of Genetic Genealogy

On April 26, 1964, a nurse came into the hospital room of Dora Fronczak, who had just given birth to her young son, Paul. She took the baby and left, saying it was time to take the baby to the nursery. In reality, the nurse had stolen the baby. Authorities were never able to find the woman. In 1965, a small toddler-aged boy was found, abandoned outside a store in New Jersey. Blood tests were not inconsistent with him being Paul Fronczak, and no other missing children cases in the area were matches. The little boy was sent to Chicago as Paul Fronczak and the case was closed. As an adult, Paul began to suspect that the couple who raised him were not his biological parents. In 2012 Paul underwent DNA analysis to test his suspicions. The results showed that he was not the biological son of Dora and Chester Fronczak. His next step was to enlist the help of a genetic genealogist, CeCe Moore, to assist him in finding his true biological parents and his identity.

CeCe Moore

Investigative Genetic Genealogist and Media Consultant

Location TBA
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Posters and Exhibits

Location TBA
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

General Session Presentations

Location TBA
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Posters and Exhibits

Location TBA
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

General Sessions

Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Validation Principles, Practices, Parameters, Performance Evaluations, and Protocols

John ButlerChair

NIST Fellow & Special Assistant to the Director at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

This workshop will discuss validation principles (the why), practices (the how), parameters (the what), performance evaluations (the when), and protocols (the so what) important to establishing the degree of reliability involved in aspects of forensic DNA mixture interpretation.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Forensic Genealogy and its Application in Solving Cold Cases

This workshop will explore how scientists, law enforcement, and forensic genealogists work together to solve crime using investigative DNA methods and techniques.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Technical Leaders Meeting

Description to be announced
Location TBA

2020 Networking Opportunities

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

Reconnect with old friends and introduce yourselves to those you’ve not yet met at the Welcome Reception on Monday evening.

Knibbe Ranch Event

Knibbe Ranch Event

Bring your appetite and dancing shoes to the Wednesday night event at Knibbe Ranch!

Lunch Table Topics

Lunch Table Topics

Is there a particular topic that you’d like to learn more about? Facilitators will be hosting focused topic lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday.