Greetings from Madison, Wisconsin where we’re preparing for the holiday season with friends and family and the cooler winter weather. Before we close out 2023, we have one more issue of the ISHI Report to bring you news from the field of forensic DNA.
In this issue, we open by reflecting on ISHI this past September with our student ambassadors. They share their impressions of the conference, important contacts they’ve made and how this will benefit their research, and their takeaways. We were grateful that a near record number of you were able to join us in Denver, and we hope you’ll all save the dates for September 23-26, 2024, for the 35th anniversary of the conference.
We interviewed Genevieve Ritchie-Ewing who is guiding the development of a different kind of Forensic Studies Program at Central State University that includes classes within criminal justice, sociology and a focus on DEI and crime scene analysis.
In addition, our Promega colleague, AnnaKay Kruger explores forensic reform over the years and how this impacts the roles and responsibilities of forensic experts while providing courtroom testimony.
Olivia McCarter shares how a collaboration between the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Intermountain Forensics, and MVAC allowed for the generation of a DNA profile from an old ceramic dental mold and helped to restore the identity of Ada Elizabeth Fritz.
Co-founders of the Global SAK Donation Project Vanessa Lynch and Jennifer Degner share the origin story of the project, and successes in Zambia and Somalia and ways that the community can get involved and provide support.
Finally, we are excited to announce the newest members of the ISHI Advisory Committee. We look forward to conferring with them as we plan next year’s conference.
We hope you enjoy this issue of The ISHI Report and share a warm holiday season with those closest to you. We welcome your comments and contributions to future issues and will be back with another issue in February of the new year.