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October 1, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pmAABB WorkshopAABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in relationship testing. The Association is committed to improving quality by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs. In this workshop the changes in the 13th Edition of Standards for Relationship Testing Laboratories will be presented, as well as discussions on proficiency testing, complex relationship calculations, accreditation topics and a new AABB/A2LA Accreditation Program combining AABB Relationship Testing Standards and ISO 17025:2005 . There is no charge for this workshop, but pre-registration is requested.Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pmIntroduction to Mindfulness for Forensic ScientistsWhile it is important for forensic scientists to have tools to gain/practice technical knowledge, adding skill sets to cope with stress and distractions is becoming a necessity for successful laboratories. An NIJ funded studied demonstrated 78% of forensic scientists identified themselves as having ‘high-levels’ of stress at work. Mindfulness, a form of focused attention training, has been gaining in popularity after research has shown its practice reduces symptoms of workplace stress, creating more productive employees that had better decision making skills. Employees that practice mindfulness took less sick days, had a higher morale at work, and were more likely to offer positive approaches to problem solving. Through education and exercises obtained by participating in this workshop, attendees will be introduced to methods to decrease stress and improve focus. The cost for this workshop is $50. Fees include workshop materials and break.Location TBA
1:00 pm - 5:00 pmEfficient Validation Using STR-ValidatorValidation of new STR typing kits are often time consuming which can delay implementation of new technology. STR-validator is a free open-source software tool designed to help forensic genetic laboratories evaluate the data. Lectures and exercises will provide the necessary skills for experimental design and efficient evaluation. Validation according to ENFSI recommendations/SWGDAM guidelines is exemplified using real data. Practical examples will highlight quality control of the data and result. The goal is to provide hands-on experience with the software. The cost for this workshop is $50. Fees include course materials and break.Location TBA
1:00 pm - 5:00 pmHITA WorkshopTopic and description TBA. There is no charge for this workshop, but pre-registration is requested.Location TBA
October 2, 2017
8:30 am - 5:00 pmThe Likelihood Ratio: An Introduction and Application This workshop will give the audience an introduction to the likelihood ratio (LR) for interpreting single source and mixed DNA profiles. Attendees will become familiar with the mathematical models and calculations for the classical binary LR approach. Topics covered will include a review of basic statistics, Bayes Theorem and the LR, setting propositions, and population genetic models used in forensic calculations. Examples and individual/group exercises will help the attendees understand the theoretical concepts. Attendees should have a solid understanding of algebra and bring a calculator to the workshop. Handouts will be provided. The cost of this workshop is $225 before August 1, 2017 and $250 after. Cost includes all handouts, continental breakfast, breaks, and lunch.Location TBA
8:30 am - 5:00 pmTo Err is Human: We Know We are Going to Err, So What Do We Do?Every laboratory will experience some type of error. Some errors will be minor and others more significant. Some may be discovered quickly, and others may have occurred in the distant past. Laboratory personnel must be prepared to address and handle all types of errors appropriately. Speakers will provide information from actual events on the detection, evaluation, resolution and management of errors from the perspective of the laboratory, legal/judicial system and quality assurance/accreditation perspectives. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in interactive discussions and exercises during the workshop. The cost of this workshop is $225 before August 1, 2017, and $250 after. Cost includes all handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks.Location TBA
8:30 am - 5:00 pmTowards Better Solutions for Body Fluid IdentificationWhile DNA technologies have advanced substantially over the past several decades, methods used to determine the presence of a particular body fluid have remained stagnant. Outdated techniques limit testing to three fluids while known false positives and a general lack of continued research hinder conclusions and testimony. The purpose of this workshop is to highlight current serology methods in light of critical case examples while exploring emerging methods that could complement or replace these traditional techniques. A participant survey and reading list will be provided prior to the workshop to ensure topics relevant to both practitioners and researchers are addressed. The cost of this workshop is $225 before August 1, 2016 and $250 after. Cost includes all handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks.Location TBA
9:00 am - 5:00 pmGrupo Cientifico Latino-Americano de Trabajo Sobre Identificacion HumanaMore details to follow. This workshop will be presented in Spanish, and the cost is $75.Location TBA
October 5, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pmEvaluation of Testimony Topics of 2017- Preparing as an Expert Witness for DNA Testimony in today’s CourtroomThe presenters at this workshop have been afforded the opportunity to testify throughout the year both nationally and internationally allowing a unique and diverse perspective on testimony topics presented in the courtroom. An evaluation of common deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testimony topics encountered in 2017 trials by analysts will be discussed. The panel will discuss specific questions received from prosecution and defense attorneys and possible responses in expert witness testimony. The workshop will be conducted in an open forum format where attendees will be encouraged to contribute and bring forward additional testimony topics. The cost for this workshop is $165 before August 1, 2017 and $185 after. Cost includes all handouts and lunch.Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pmTechnical Leaders MeetingDetails to follow. The cost for this workshop is $165 before August 1, 2017 and $185 after. Cost includes all handouts and lunch.Location TBA
1:00 pm - 4:00 pmThe Impact of Medicine and Genetics on Social, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Forensic DNA TestingThe potential for routine Forensic DNA testing to generate genetic profiles can lead to seemingly perplexing genetic observations in the evidence items submitted and tested. Medical procedures such as bone marrow transplants have the potential to have a confounding impact on the legal, public health, social, and ethical considerations in the case. Other medical situations such as twinning, mosaicism, and chimerism, can also have similar impacts. The workshop aims to educate practitioners about the care that needs to given to interpreting and reporting DNA case results through a discussion of the potential confounding factors. The cost for this workshop is $165 before August 1, 2017 and $185 after. Cost includes all handouts and lunch. Location TBA