Thursday, February 15, 2007

An Overview of the Planned Events - Part II

Sorry, this is the week before the American Academy of Forensic Science meetings, and I ended up a little swamped with plans for that, so I didn't get this posted before midnight.

Continuing from the post on Tuesday 2/13 --

Saturday November 3

In the morning, we plan an opening 90-minute session that will be a presentation on crime labs and what they really do. (We'll have an announcement about the speaker soon.) You'll get a great overview of crime scene processing, evidence gathering and testing, and what really happens in forensic science labs.

I'll make a short presentation after this session on The Crime Lab Project.

That will be followed by 2 sets of breakout sessions before lunch. As on Friday, you'll have four topics to choose from, and the opportunity to hear from experts in specific fields of forensic science and police procedure.

Lunch together - a box lunch is included in your registration!

Saturday afternoon:
The afternoon 90-minute session on death investigation by Dr. Mary Case promises to be one of the highlights of the conference. Dr. Case is a leading forensic pathologist. I'm going to let Eileen tell you more about this session!

This presentation is followed by another set of breakout sessions.

We'll have another a panel discussion to help you incorporate what you've learned into your writing. This event will also include a Q&A session.

In the evening, join us for dinner, music, and an auction to benefit The Crime Lab Project Foundation! Keep checking back here for more information about "A Muddy Brew Ha-Ha" -- tickets are only $40.

Sunday November 4

A continental breakfast on Sunday morning is included in the price of your registration.

Dr. Doug Lyle will give a presentation that will bring it all together -- a close look at the notion of "A Perfect Murder." Since Doug will be blogging here soon, I'll let him tell you more about this grand finale.

So, as you can see, the program we have planned will give you a solid overview and also allow you to tailor your conference experience to meet your specific interests. You'll be offered six sessions on topics every writer of crime fiction (or any other person interested in forensic science) should know. We plan to give you 24 choices in breakout sessions. In addition to the above, there will be books for sale, and every participant will be given a notebook with further reference material in it.

You won't be a forensic scientist after one weekend. But you'll have solid information from knowledgeable individuals, chances to ask questions, guidance for learning more, and lots of fun!

Jan Burke

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