Meetings

Summer Meeting

July 14-15, 2016

Austin, TX

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The Summer 2016 meeting will be held at the Sonesta Bee Caves on July 14-15th. This is a brand new hotel located in the Hill Country Galleria about twenty minutes from the Austin Airport.

On Thursday 14-July, the meeting will consist of member presentations and invited speakers along with a few product updates from AFDAA sponsors. On Friday 15-July, SCIEG’s Norah Rudin and Keith Inman have agreed to hold another Likelihood Ratio workshop. There will not be any extra charge for this workshop.

We are currently accepting abstracts/summaries from speakers. If you have a topic you would like to present (or would like to see a particular topic), please email the AFDAA Chair at chair@afdaa.org.

NEW See the confirmed speakers

1- Statistics: Validation, Implementation, Training of Analysts, and/or Introduction to Law Enforcement and the Courts (STRMix, LabRetriever, LR Mix, or any other probabilistic software)
2- Emerging Technologies and Novel Research
3- Interesting Cases (Do you have one involving a cat?)
4- Quality Assurance
Any other topic of interest.

On Wednesday 13-July, Promega will be hosting a workshop on the forensics workflow and the challenges it brings. The workshop will feature presentations by leaders in the forensic community, as well as updates on the latest advancements in STR analysis and the forensics workflow, including the Spectrum CE System. Learn about the newest tools designed for both casework and databasing efforts, including tips on:
Addressing the new CODIS core loci recommendations
Maximizing success with challenging samples
Improving laboratory efficiencies and reducing backlogs
Customer experiences and insights when using Promega products

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Meeting Registration

Registration is now open and closes on the 26th of June.
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Hotel Reservations

AFDAA attendees have a special room rate of $135/night while space is available. Reserve your room as early as possible to ensure you receive the group rate.
To make a reservation by PHONE:
Call the reservation line, 1-855-463-3097, and use the group code, 0713AFDAAM, to gain access to the special group rate.
To make a reservation ONLINE:
Please use the following link, AFDAA – Summer Meeting , to gain access the group’s personalized online webpage and the special group rate.
The group rate is available 3 days before/after the event dates (July 13-15). Contact the event coordinator directly, RMENDOZA@sonesta.com, to make your reservation.

Hotel amenities include:
Complimentary Wifi throughout hotel
Complimentary Self-Parking
Outdoor Swimming Pool
24-Hour Fitness Center
24-Hour Business Center
Complimentary Local Shuttle (Within 2-3 mile radius, based on availability)
Rooftop Lounge & Bar (Open for Breakfast & Dinner)
2.3 Mile Hike & Bike Trail
24-Hour Sundry Shop
Walking distance to Hill Country Galleria

Vendor exhibitor packets are available here.

Workshop Materials

Files containing student materials will be distributed to all registrants prior to the workshop date.
If possible, it is highly recommended that you bring a laptop with MS Excel installed (i.e. it will be difficult to participate without one). Sharing your laptop with your neighbor is commended.
Not required but recommended: Install Lab Retriever
Bonus: Genemapper

Relevant Scientific Readings

A reference list of relevant scientific readings can be found on SCIEG’s website

It is recommended that you read:
1- CAC News: Editorial on the D.C. situation http://www.cacnews.org/news/4thq15.pdf
2- David J. Balding, John Buckleton, Interpreting low template DNA profiles, Forensic Sci Int Genet. 4 (2009) 1-10.
3- T.Tvedebrink, P.S.Eriksen, H.S.Mogensen, N.Morling, Estimating the probability of allelic drop-out of STR alleles in forensic genetics, Forensic Sci. Int. Genet. 3 (2009) 222–226
4- Lohmueller, K.E., Rudin, N., Inman, K., Analysis of allelic drop-out using the Identifiler and PowerPlex 16 forensic STR typing systems, Forensic Science International: Genetics 12 (2014) 1-11
5- Inman, K., Rudin, N., Cheng, K., Robinson, C., Kirschner, A., Inman-Semerau, L., and Lohmueller, K.E., Lab Retriever: a software tool for calculating likelihood ratios incorporating a probability of drop-out for forensic DNA profiles, BMC Bioinformatics 2015, 16:298 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2105/16/298