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Join us to hear from guest speakers who will share their experience and expertise when responding to a critical incident. You will also have the opportunity to watch live demonstrations, such as K-9 search and recovery, the use of rapid DNA, and ground penetrating radar. For more information, please contact Dr. Sharon Plotkin at
North Campus: Building 3000, Conference Center
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Agenda - Tuesday, February 28, 2023

8:00am - 8:15am - Welcome

8:15am - 9:15am - Dr. Erin Kimmerle
Executive Director of the Institute of Forensic Anthropology & Applied Science, University of South Florida
Session Topic: Dozier School for Boys

9:15am - 10:00am - Cristina Sacramento
Fingerprint Analyst, Miami-Dade Police Department
Session Topic: The Use of Fingerprints in Identification

10:00am - 10:30am - Mel Taylor
News Reporter (Retired)/Author, Local 10 News
Session Topic: Media Relations

10:30am - 10:45am - Break

10:45am - 11:15am - Heidi Nichols
Senior Forensic Photographer, Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner
Session Topic: Photography and Documentation of Deceased and Personal Effects

11:15am - 12:00pm - Scott Smith, Kayla Rivera, and Cassy Foster
City of Orlando Police Department
Session Topic: Pulse Night Club Shooting

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Nicole Rhoton - Crime Scene Investigator, Lee County Sheriff's Office
Dr. Jason Byrd - Professor/ Associate Director of William R. Maple Center, UF
Session Topic: Rapid DNA and FEMORS Response to Incidents in Florida

2:00pm - 2:30pm - Dr. Charles Berner
Forensic Odontologist
Session Topic: Forensic Odontology

2:30pm - 3:00pm - Valerie Panciera Rieth and Kevin Rieth
Landmark Funeral Home
Session Topic: Funeral Services

3:00pm - 5:00pm - Live Demonstrations
1.  Rapid DNA
2.  Ground Penetrating Radar
3.  K-9 Search and Recovery

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