Agenda

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

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  • September 22nd
  • September 23rd
  • September 24th
  • September 25th
  • September 26th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

AABB Workshop

This workshop will address various AABB accreditation related topics.
Mohave Learning Center
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Revised FBI Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing and Databasing Laboratories – What’s Changed?

Jocelyn CarlsonChair

DNA Quality Assurance Program Manager, DNA Support Unit, FBI Laboratory

This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to take a closer look at the new Quality Assurance Standards in order to initiate preparations in their laboratories to achieve compliance to these new standards.
Mohave Learning Center
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Entry-Level Coaching: A Method for Developing Young Forensic Scientists

John CollinsChair

High-Stakes Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach at Critical Victories

This workshop will teach attendees how to incorporate coaching into their new-employee onboarding and training programs. It will also teach attendees how to apply coaching methods in their overall approach to managing and developing their youngest employees.
Andreas
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

HITA Workshop – Are You Prepared for a Mass Fatality Incident Response?

During the workshop, participants will work collaboratively in small groups through a tabletop exercise to evaluate the mass fatality incident and organize an appropriate Rapid DNA response for victim identification using the ASCLD response tools and best practices.

Amanda SozerCo-Chair

Founder and President of SNA International

Ray WickenheiserCo-Chair

Director for the New York State Police Crime Lab System

Pueblo
8:30 am - 11:30 am

Keys to Evaluating Published Data and Summarizing Your Validation Studies

John ButlerCo-Chair

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

This workshop will teach you how to critically evaluate the experimental design, materials and methods used, data obtained and the conclusions presented in validation study summaries and published research studies to appropriately gauge the usefulness and value.
Chino
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Probabilistic Genotyping Expert Testimony; Communication, Challenges, and Examples

Lilly MorenoChair

Research Biologist, DNA Support Unit, FBI Laboratory

This workshop uses real examples to demonstrate how to communicate probabilistic genotyping evidence in court, common challenges to PG evidence and common lines of questioning.
Catalina
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Family Ties: Using Genetic Genealogy to Solve Violent Crime

Jody HyndsChair

Senior Forensic Scientist, Orange County District Attorney’s Office

This workshop, led by key personnel from the Golden State Killer case, will help attendees develop a holistic understanding of Investigative Genetic Genealogy and receive material that enables them to educate their respective communities on this revolutionary tool.
Madera
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Grupo Cientifico Latino-Americano de Trabajo Sobre Identificacion Humana

Gustavo MartinezChair

Director of the Forensic Genetics Service and the Genetic Data Bank of the Supreme Court of Justice of the state of Entre Ríos, Argentina

This workshop will be presented entirely in Spanish.
Andreas
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Interpreting and Reporting Contaminated DNA Profiles

Contamination is a fact of life in any DNA testing laboratory. By evaluating the contaminating DNA profile and performing root cause analysis, it is sometimes possible to determine the source of the contaminating DNA. Attendees will participate in interactive hands-on exercises to evaluate, interpret and draft report wording for affected profiles.
Pueblo
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

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Oasis 3-4
9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Oasis 1-2
9:15 am - 10:00 am

Keynote Presentation on the Golden State Killer

Paul Holes

Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office, Retired

Oasis 1-2
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Break with Exhibitors

Oasis 3-4
10:30 am - 10:55 am

CODIS and NDIS Update

Douglas Hares

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

Oasis 1-2
10:55 am - 11:20 am

Department of Justice Update on Forensic Genetics

Ted Hunt

Senior Advisor to the Attorney General on Forensic Science, Department of Justice

Oasis 1-2
11:20 am - 11:50 am
Oasis 1-2
11:50 am - 12:15 pm
Oasis 1-2
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch

Oasis 3-4
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The DNA DOE Project – Our First Two Years of Success

Colleen Fitzpatrick

Founder of Identifinders International, and Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project

Margaret Press

Co-founder, DNA Doe Project

Oasis 1-2
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

What Does the Future Hold for Forensics?

Athina Vidaki

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Erasmus MC

Jack Ballantyne

Professor of Chemistry, University of Central Florida

Oasis 1-2
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Posters and Exhibits

Oasis 3-4
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Madera
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

Oasis 3-4
9:00 am - 9:25 am
Oasis 1-2
9:25 am - 9:50 am
Oasis 1-2
9:50 am - 10:15 am
Oasis 1-2
10:15 am - 10:45 am

Break with Exhibitors

Oasis 3-4
10:45 am - 11:15 am
Oasis 1-2
11:15 am - 11:45 am
Oasis 1-2
11:45 am - 12:10 pm

Chimeric Fluidity, A Case Study of a Male Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant Patient

Brittney Chilton

Criminalist II, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Division

Chris Long

Technology Project Coordinator, Washoe County Technology Services

Oasis 1-2
12:10 pm - 1:40 pm

Lunch

Oasis 3-4
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm

Don’t Cut and Run: A Cautionary Tale

Paul Berry

Forensic DNA Analyst IV, Louisiana State Police Crime Lab

Oasis 1-2
2:10 pm - 2:35 pm

CODIS Evolution – Revisiting Cold Cases

Steve Renteria

Cold Hit Outcome Project Coordinator, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Oasis 1-2
2:35 pm - 3:05 pm

Unraveling the Twisted Case of Angie Dodge

CeCe Moore

Investigative Genetic Genealogist and Media Consultant

Oasis 1-2
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Posters and Exhibits

Oasis 3-4
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

ISHI Street Party

Convention Center Pavillion
7:30 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

Oasis 3-4
9:00 am - 9:30 am

STRmix™ Collaborative Exercise on DNA Mixture Interpretation

Kevin Cheng

Scientist Developer, Institute of Environmental and Science Research (ESR)

Oasis 1-2
9:30 am - 9:50 am

Highly Heterozygous STR Markers for Enhanced DNA Mixture Deconvolution

Nicole Novroski

Assistant Professor, Forensic Science Program (Dept of Anthropology), University of Toronto

Oasis 1-2
9:50 am - 10:10 am

Analyzing Population Structure for Forensic STR Markers in Next Generation Sequencing Data

Sanne (Elise) Aalbers

Research Scientist, Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington (Seattle)

Oasis 1-2
10:10 am - 10:40 am

Break with Exhibitors

Oasis 3-4
11:05 am - 11:25 am
Oasis 1-2
11:50 am - 12:15 pm

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Metagenomic Map of London

Gabriella Mason-Buck

Forensic Scientist and PhD student, King’s Forensics, King’s College London

Oasis 1-2
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Closing Remarks, Conference Concludes

Oasis 1-2
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Can You Solve Your Case Using Genetic Genealogy?

Diahan SouthardChair

Your DNA Guide

In this hands-on class you will work in pairs or groups to try to use the techniques of genetic genealogy to solve a crime.
Pueblo
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

DNA Mixture Interpretation Principles and Best Practices

The report generated from the NIST Scientific Foundation Review on DNA mixture interpretation will be discussed along with specific thoughts regarding case context and measurement and interpretation issues involving binary approaches and probabilistic genotyping.

John ButlerChair

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

Mohave Learning Center
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Technical Leaders Meeting

Tabitha BandyChair

Forensic Biology Supervisor / DNA Technical Leader, Metro Nashville Police Department Crime Laboratory

Chino

2019 Networking Opportunities

Networking options - Welcome ReceptionWelcome Reception

Welcome Reception

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

Networking options - Street PartyStreet Party

Street Party

Bring your appetite and dancing shoes to the Wednesday night Street Party!

Networking options - Focused Table TalksLunch 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.