COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 5,000 forensic professionals representing all states in the U.S. and 70 countries worldwide will convene at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 16-21, 2015. The meeting will focus on forensic science education, mentorship and the future of the forensic sciences.
Professionals who are actively involved with shaping the future of forensic sciences will present more than 950 scientific papers at seminars, workshops and special sessions, addressing topics ranging from forensic psychiatry and behavioral sciences to interdisciplinary approaches to forensic science investigations using physical evidence. The meeting includes exhibits on cutting-edge forensic science technologies that are advancing efficiencies and outcomes.
The opening Plenary Session takes place from 9-11 a.m., February 18, where a distinguished panel will discuss "Human Factors in Forensic Science," Presenters will examine the manner in which cognitive bias can adversely impact evaluations of evidence and decision making in all forensic disciplines, and why understanding the various sources of bias, and how to limit or minimize their influence, is essential for improving the reliability and accuracy of decisions made to avoid miscarriages of criminal and civil justice. AAFS President Daniel A. Martell, Ph.D., and a distinguished panel of experts from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice; The Innocence Project; USC Gould School of Law & Department of Psychology; and the University of California Department of Criminology, Law & Society will provide commentary.
AAFS will present its highest honor, the Gradwohl Laureate Medallion, to Thomas T. Noguchi, MD, for exceptional distinction in the advancement of forensic sciences and outstanding contributions to the profession and the Academy. The honor of Distinguished Fellow will also be conferred on Marilyn A. Huestis, Ph.D., in recognition of her contributions to the Academy and to the forensic sciences profession.
The AAFS will present "Demystifying Forensic Sciences," at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Orlando Science Center's (OSC) Science Night Live event, in cooperation with the OSC. "48 Hours" will open the program followed by renowned forensic science experts, including Dr. Henry Lee, Professor and Vice President, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences, University of New Haven; Dr. Kathy Reichs, author and producer of the TV series "Bones" and Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte; and local favorite Jan Garavaglia, M.D. (aka Dr. G), chief medical examiner with Florida's District Nine Medical Examiner's office and headliner of the Discovery Health reality series "Dr. G: Medical Examiner," will provide insights to this highly popular and growing career field.
COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION FOR THE MEDIA: Individuals able to document a current direct connection with the news media may receive free registration at the AAFS Registration Desk, as may journalism students, by presenting letterhead-stationary certification that they are attending as part of a class activity. All persons seeking access to any aspect of the Annual Meeting must be registered. Press attending special functions (e.g., workshops, seminars, luncheons) are required to pre-register and pay the fees designated by the pre-registration deadline.
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote integrity, competency, education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences. Organized in 1948, AAFS serves a distinguished and diverse membership of 6,600 forensic science professionals who are the focal point for public information when forensic science issues are addressed in the public domain. AAFS publishes the internationally recognized Journal of Forensic Sciences. For more information visit www.aafs.org.
SOURCE American Academy of Forensic Sciences