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

  • 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.
Location TBA
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.
Location TBA
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.
Location TBA
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

HITA Workshop

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.

Michael BairdChair

DNA Diagnostics Center

Location TBA
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.
Location TBA
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.
Location TBA
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.
Location TBA
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.
Location TBA
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.
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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.
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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

Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Technical Leaders Meeting

Tabitha BandyChair

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

Location TBA

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.