Stephanie Horner Appointed MAAFS Criminalistics Chair


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RJ Lee Group Forensic Scientist Stephanie Horner has been appointed Criminalistics Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS) for 2016-2017. She has served as Criminalistics Chair-elect since May 2015.

MAAFS features three divisions, catering to different disciplines within the forensic science field: Biology, Criminalistics, and Questioned Documents. As Criminalistics Chair, Stephanie is responsible for choosing and moderating the Criminalistics workshop presentations for next year’s conference. This includes topics in trace evidence, toxicology and drug chemistry, chosen from 2016 event surveys and member requests. At this year’s event, she helped organize and moderate over a dozen presentations and a full-day workshop for attendees, including a talk on mass spectrometry.

The 2017 MAAFS meeting will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., close to RJ Lee Group headquarters. Ms. Horner anticipates planning visits to a local paint manufacturer for the group, as well as other venues to further attendees’ knowledge on trace evidence, drug chemistry, and toxicology.

“I’m excited for next year’s conference, and hope to organize workshops that are relevant to wide variety of forensic scientists,” she said when asked about her goals for her new position. “There are so many possibilities for new, interesting topics.  I’m looking forward to the challenge of putting together an exciting and informative program for 2017.”

According to the MAAFS website, the organization’s mission is to encourage the exchange and dissemination of ideas and information within the fields of recognized forensic sciences through communication between people and laboratories engaged in the forensic sciences, including stimulating research and development of new and/or improved techniques, promoting high performance standards, and facilitating professional acknowledgement of those working in recognized forensic science disciplines.

RJ Lee Group congratulates Ms. Horner on her Criminalistics Chair appointment.