|By PR Newswire||
|March 27, 2014 02:00 PM EDT||
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) announces its new 2014 officers and directors. The Academy is governed by an 18-member board of directors, which includes 11 Academy members who are elected by their respective sections.
Serving as 2014-15 officers are: Daniel A. Martell, PhD, president; Susan M. Ballou, MS, vice president; John E. Gerns, MFS, secretary; Barry K. Logan, PhD, past president; Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD, president-elect; Robert B.J. Dorion, DDS, vice president; and Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, treasurer.
The 2014-15 board of directors are: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD; Lucy A. Davis, BHS; David W. Baker, MFS; Julie A. Howe, MBA; Roderick T. Kennedy, JD; John P. Kenney, DDS, MS; Gregory G. Davis, MD; John L. Young, MD, MS; Jane A. Lewis, MFS; and Ruth E. Winecker, PhD.
Dr. Martell is an AAFS Fellow and the first forensic psychologist to become president of the Academy. He will carry forward the important work of AAFS by encouraging multi-disciplinary divergent approaches to a common forensic problem or issue. A focus on international collaboration, mentoring, education and stimulating the future of forensic sciences by engaging young forensic scientists, distinguished fellows and past presidents will carry forward the vital, credible work of the forensic sciences and its application to the legal system.
"Multi-disciplinary, internationally collaborative efforts of the forensic sciences community strengthens our ability to enhance the techniques, technologies and processes that drive the core mission of AAFS and its members – to provide credible, unbiased, scientifically proven evidence to the judicial system. Working with governments, law enforcement and the legal system, we will continue to strengthen the science that is applied to the law," says Martell. "We will also continue to foster best practices and cultivate future generations of forensic scientists who, by the rigorous training and requirements of AAFS, will carry forward legitimate forensic sciences," he said.
Martell is the forensic neuropsychologist for the forensic litigation consulting firm of Park Dietz & Associates and the Threat Assessment Group, Inc. in Newport Beach, CA. A cum laude psychology graduate from Washington and Jefferson College, Martell earned his master's and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia. He is a member of several highly esteemed associations and was awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation to study violent criminal behavior among the homeless and mentally ill.
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote integrity, competency, education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences. Organized in 1948, AAFS serves a distinguished and diverse membership of 6,600 forensic science professionals who are the focal point for public information when forensic science issues are addressed in the public domain. AAFS publishes the internationally recognized Journal of Forensic Sciences. For more information visit www.aafs.org.
SOURCE American Academy of Forensic Sciences
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