GREETINGS FROM THE NAFEA PRESIDENT
Dear NAFFEA members,
It is a great honor for me to be the President of NAFEA, and take this opportunity to welcome all members, new and longstanding, to our organization. To those who are thinking about joining this wonderful organization, I have been a member since the inception of NAFEA and I have this to be one of the most beneficial of all professional organizations for those interested in forensic entomology. The value of NAFEA is that it has closely followed the growth of forensic entomology as an accepted discipline within the forensic sciences. And, with the close association of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, a pathway is provided in a positive climate for professional development and eventual board certification for interested members.
NAFEA has completed a successful conference in association with the 2016 ICE in Orlando, Florida. I would like to extend a thank you to the meeting organization committee, who scheduled the presentations and refreshments. A job well done! It was also nice to see long-time NAFEA members, and to also see many new members in attendance. During the next two years, I will concentrate efforts on building NAFEA membership and locating and retaining sponsorship for the annual conference. To help accomplish these goals, I will work with the executive officers to increase member benefits, and to expand the level of student funding available for meeting travel where a paper or poster has been accepted for presentation.
NAFEA was incorporated to become a platform for presentations germane to the discipline of forensic entomology, and to provide a collegiate environment for student to present original research in forensic entomology, and to provide students and professionals with a venue for professional networking. To maintain this focus, NAFEA should continue to concentrate on holding the annual conference and business meeting in association with a host college or university. This is often a more cost effective meeting locale and also serves to maintain the academic climate that is the core of NAFEA.
In alignment with this goal, NAFEA has planned the 2017 with the University of California, Davis, as the host. This meeting will have a mock trial proceeding for student participation as well as a scientific session. The annual business meeting will be held during the conference, and as always the business meeting is open to all members. I encourage all members to become more actively involved in your professional organization, and I look forward to serving NAFEA as President.
Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D. D-ABFE