2020 Student Academy Program

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Students in the Anaheim area will have a unique opportunity next February to gain first-hand knowledge of the field of forensic sciences when the American Academy of Forensic Sciences holds its 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting and the 46th ANNUAL STUDENT ACADEMY OF FORENSIC SCIENCES. The AAFS Student Academy will be conducted on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the Anaheim Convention Center, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A case study will be presented where students will have the opportunity to examine crime scene evidence to solve a crime. Students will rotate through a series of stations working within the various disciplines of the forensic sciences and will also have the opportunity to question experts in the fields of forensic science. The Student Academy is geared toward students who have shown a career interest in science or the forensic sciences. It is our experience that students interested in mathematics, medicine, chemistry, biology, physics, law, anatomy, criminal justice, psychology, and engineering find this seminar to be very beneficial.

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a 72-year-old non-profit, professional association dedicated to the promotion of education and research in the application of scientific principles for the purpose of justice. It is one of the world’s most prestigious organizations of forensic scientists. Your students will have the opportunity to discover the cutting edge of scientific advancements in the forensic field as well as to learn career development opportunities in this exciting profession. It is in this context the Academy’s 6,700 worldwide members have presented the Student Academy for 46 years.

The fee to attend this program is $15 per person, and lunch will be provided. The deadline to register is Friday, January 17, 2020. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Schools must provide their own transportation.

The purpose of the Student Academy of Forensic Sciences is to bring to the attention of young people the vital importance of the application of scientific principles to the administration of justice. It acquaints the participants with the role of the forensic science disciplines in the legal system as well as the education and training required for a career in each of the disciplines.

The forensic sciences involve the application of scientific skills of examination and evaluation to the resolution of social and legal issues. Law is the common core of the forensic sciences. To be effective, the forensic scientist must not only be an expert in a specific discipline, but must also be able to communicate insights and findings in a court of law and before administrative tribunals.

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences, founded in St. Louis, MO, in 1948, is the only organization in the world that combines all of the various scientific disciplines involved with the administration of justice.

ANTHROPOLOGY — The application of standard techniques of physical anthropology in identifying skeletal or otherwise unidentifiable remains.

CRIMINALISTICS — The analysis, identification, and interpretation of physical evidence. The primary aim of the criminalist is to provide an objective application of the natural and physical sciences to physical evidence in the reconstruction of events to prove a crime, and to connect or eliminate a suspect and/or a victim with that crime.

DIGITAL & MULTIMEDIA SCIENCES — The examination and comparison of analog and digital audio and video, digitized numerals, and images.

ENGINEERING & APPLIED SCIENCES — Forensic Engineering involves the sciences and the art of applying scientific principles to the investigation, analysis, and reconstruction of physical events.

GENERAL — A variety of emerging sub-specialties are included in this discipline.

JURISPRUDENCE — The study and utilization of forensic science as it applies in a courtroom setting.

ODONTOLOGY — The branch of dentistry that deals with the proper handling and examination of dental evidence, and the proper evaluation and presentation of dental findings in the interest of justice.

PATHOLOGY/BIOLOGY — The investigation and interpretation of injury and death resulting from violence as in homicides, suicides or accidents, or occurring suddenly, unexpectedly, or in an unexplained manner.

PSYCHIATRY & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE — The practice of psychiatry that deals with the application of psychiatric theory and practice to a variety of legal issues.

QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS — The scientific examination of handwriting, typewriting, printing, ink, paper, or any other aspect of a document for the purpose of determining various legal questions concerning the document.

TOXICOLOGY — The study and understanding of the harmful effects of external substances introduced into living systems with a medicolegal context.