Continuing Education

Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists 38th Annual Conference

The Houston Forensic Science Center will host the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists 38th Annual Conference. We cordially invite SOFT members to join us on September 25 – 29, 2016 in Galveston, Texas.

The SWAFS 2016 Program Committee also invites the submission of abstracts on all topics related to forensic science. The Committee will select appropriate abstracts for paper or poster presentations. The deadline for the abstract submission is September 2, 2016.

More information regarding the conference can be found at

We look forward to seeing you at the historic Tremont House Hotel in Galveston, Texas.

For more information, contact Dayong Lee at 713-308-2640

The SOFT Continuing Education Committee would like to announce their second Regional Workshop of 2016.

“Alcohol and Drugs of Abuse Affecting the Central Nervous System: Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Impairment” will be held August 29 - 30, 2016 at the University of Dayton, Ohio.

Workshop faculty will include experts in forensic toxicology, pharmacology, pathology and law enforcement who will provide a basic overview of the pharmacology of alcohol and drugs of abuse and how they affect the central nervous system. Emphasis will be given to the effects of these drugs on driving performance and impairment detection. Synthetic drug pharmacology will also be addressed.

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

1. Understand basic principles of drug pharmacology

2. Recognize the signs and symptoms of drug impairment

3. Evaluate newer synthetic drugs of abuse

Registration will be limited to 50 participants.

To attend the workshop, please complete the Workshop Registration Form and submit it to the SOFT Office no later than August 15, 2016

Book your stay at the Marriott by 8/19/16 using the group rate of $90 per night by clicking this link

If you have any questions, please contact:

Local Hosts:

Elizabeth Kiely, B.S.
(937) 225-4156 x2229

Douglas Rohde, M.S.
(440) 350-5950

SOFT Continuing Education Workshop Committee Chair: Jayne E. Thatcher, Ph.D

Forensic Science Education through RTI

The Center for Forensic Sciences at RTI International supports the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Victims of Crime and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in developing and delivering online education for forensic scientists and managers.

Although frequently unable to attend regional or national meetings, practicing forensic professionals must stay current with best practices in their fields. RTI's online courses give forensic professionals access to a wide variety of subject matters with impressive depth and applicability. Each instruction module contains approximately one hour of instructional content and is delivered on-line to facilitate course attendance and completion. The rich content courses are delivered in a live setting, in addition to on-demand, self-paced instruction. Upon completion, attendees receive a certificate of completion. Where appropriate, RTI's courses are accredited.

For more information about course availability, visit

Forensic Science Continuing Education Tracks at West Virginia University

The Forensic Science Initiative program is completely online, and offers a number of courses for professionals working in forensic toxicology. Courses include Fundamentals of Forensic Toxicology, Forensic Mass Spectrometry, Perspectives in Expert Testimony and Ethics in Forensic Science.

For more information about course availability, visit