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2011 Planned Training and Professional Development Opportunities

Title Toxicology Symposium
Date & Place January 19-21, 2011, Ames, IA
Facilitator Dr. Timothy Rohrig
Registration Fee $100
Description     This Symposium is intended for forensic toxicologists at every stage in their career. The Symposium will address current issues in the toxicology of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. Individual discussion sessions are planned for DUID epidemiology and testing matrices, methadone and opioids, over the counter drugs, stimulants, marijuana, benzodiazepines and Z-drugs. Video(s) of subjects observed under the influence will be shown as well as small group break-out sessions where participants will read, analyze, and report out current research in the field.
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Title Essential Ridgeology Concepts
Date & Place February 21-25, 2011, Ames, IA
Facilitator John Black (of Ron Smith and Associates)
Registration Fee $125
Description     This class is designed to familiarize students with fundamental concepts, examine theories of skin growth, persistency of fingerprint features, and the contributions of key researchers. It presents the ACE-V methodology, giving special emphasis to the analysis phase. The legal, scientific and forensic standards for establishing friction ridge conclusions will be discussed, as well as key legal decisions pertaining to fingerprints and issues raised by critics.
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Title Basic Bio-Metabolism for Toxicologists: Principles of Drug Pharmacokinetics
Date & Place March 8-11, 2011, Ames, IA
Facilitator Dr. Timothy Rohrig
Registration Fee $125
Description     This training class is intended for Forensic Toxicologists who are in the earlier stages of their careers. It is intended to provide bench-level chemists/analysts with the basic pharmacological background necessary to place routine chemical analyses within a broader pharmacological context. The class will have a seminar format for presentation of information on absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion, with small group analysis of benchmark research publications at the end of each day.
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Title Fluid Dynamics of Bloodstain Pattern Formation
Date & Place April 18-22, 2011, St. Paul, MN
Facilitator Michael Taylor
Registration Fee $200
Description     This class is intended for experienced Bloodstain Pattern Analysts. Participants will develop an understanding of the fluid dynamics of blood & bloodstain formation, and relate them to the characteristics of static bloodstain patterns. Participants will perform a number of bloodstain formation experiments, record them with a high speed digital camera, and analyze the results with high speed digital imaging software.
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Title Designing and Implementing a Program for Estimating Measurement Uncertainty in Forensic Laboratories
Date & Place May 17-18, 2011, Reynoldsburg, OH
Facilitator Beth Mishalanie
Registration Fee $125
Description     This training class is intended for those who manage or implement crime laboratory programs that track the uncertainty of measurements for quality assurance or scientific purposes, or to prepare for laboratory accreditation. It will provide participants with a practical introduction on the scientific issue of measurement uncertainty, provide direct guidance on the issue from ISO/IEC 17025:2005, and a model of laboratory policies and statements. Participants will also outline and draft their own policies and statements.
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Title DNA Symposium
Date & Place June 14-16, 2011, Ames, IA
Facilitator Danielle Hankinson
Registration Fee $100
Description     The general purpose of this Symposium is to help forensic DNA analysts perform scientific analyses and manage forensic processes more effectively. This Symposium is intended to help participants learn about, discuss and interpret several current issues in forensic DNA analysis such as Validation Research, Low-Template DNA Analyses, Inter-Disciplinary Casework, Outsourcing and use of CODIS by Private Labs, Ethics Problems in DNA Labs, QAS Guidelines for DNA Labs, NAS Report for DNA analysts, and DNA and Higher Education. Nationally recognized practitioners and experts will lead sessions on these topics.
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Title Advanced Bio-Metabolism for Toxicologists: Drug Pharmacokinetics and Dynamics
Date & Place July 26-29, 2011, Ames, IA
Facilitator Dr. Timothy Rohrig
Registration Fee $125
Description     This class is intended for Forensic Toxicologists who are in the earlier stages of their careers. It is intended to provide bench-level chemists/analysts with the advanced pharmacological background needed to place routine chemical analyses within a broader pharmacological and toxicological context. The class will use a seminar format to present current toxicological information on advanced drug delivery systems, drug-drug interactions, interactions among supplements & drugs, and food-drug interactions. Small group exercises will analyze research publications that have become central to the field.
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Title Finding Latent Print Evidence With Chemicals & Light
Date & Place Sept. 13-16, 2011, Ames, IA
Facilitator Brian Dalrymple (of Ron Smith and Associates)
Registration Fee $150
Description     This hands-on training class is intended for those who collect, document and analyze latent print evidence. It is intended to help participants understand a variety of Forensic Light Sources, and to exploit fluorescence as a powerful latent print detection strategy. Participants will record impression evidence accurately, learn to prepare and use chemical reagents to develop latent prints safely in a laboratory environment, and learn to use multiple collection and development techniques (in the correct sequence) for different surfaces. This class will feature hands-on evidence collection and development sessions as well as exercises in exhibit processing and photography. It will conclude with an examination and certificate of completion. (This training is approved for I.A.I. Crime Scene Certification and Re-certification).
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Title Post-Mortem Analyses in Forensic Toxicology
Date & Place October 4-7, 2011, Ames, IA
Facilitator Dr. Timothy Rohrig
Registration Fee $125
Description     This class is intended for Forensic Toxicologists who are in the early stages of their careers. It is intended to provide bench-level chemists/analysts with the pharmacological and bio-metabolic backgrounds needed to place routine chemical analyses within a broader post-mortem context. The class will have a seminar format for the discussion of ante-and-post mortem developments that may lead to an inaccurate interpretation of toxicological analyses. Small group exercises will analyze research publications that have become central to the field.
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Program Assistant : Cindy Eckhart    -  Ph:(515) 294-0380   Fax: (515) 294-4748