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Mary Dawson

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

 

2007-Present                           Consultant for States Attorney, Public Defender, Private

                                                  Teaching basic forensics, blood spatter to Elementary, High School, Library

 

EDUCATION

 

Masters of Forensic Science - May 1994                              

The University of New Haven, West Haven, CT

Major - Criminalistics

 

Bachelor of Science in Biology Honors – May 1992                        

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Major - Biology

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Sept 1999-June 2007             Criminalist II, New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory, Concord, NH

                                                  Duties include:  Assisted in the validation of PM + DQA1 DNA analysis.  Perform serology, blood spatter                                                               analysis and DNA casework analysis.  Perform review of DNA reports.  Safety Officer, responsible for                                                                   implementation and maintenance of safety procedures in the laboratory.

 

Feb1995-Aug 1999                  Forensic Chemist II, Maryland State Police Crime Laboratory, Pikesville, MD

                                                  Duties included:  Performed conventional serology, DNA analysis, technical and administrative review on                                                             forensic casework, as well as testimony when necessary.  Trained new analysts and performed validation for                                                       DNA analysis.  Performed various duties as DNA Quality Control & Safety Officer.  Organized satellite                                                                   laboratory for conventional serology and RFLP analysis.

 

INTERNSHIPS AND VOLUNTEER  WORK

 

2016                                             Goffstown Library and Elementary School

                                                      Forensic Presentation - Who Stole The Cookie From The Cookie Jar

Nov 1994-Jan 1995                     Center of Forensic Science DNA Unit, Toronto, Ontario

 

May 1993-Sept 1993                   Center of Forensic Science Trace Unit, Toronto, Ontario

PRESENTATIONS

 

Guest lecturer at the collegiate level.

 

Lecturer at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Academy and the Keene Police Department for Blood Spatter Interpretation

 

Dawson, M.J. The Trials and Tribulations of Validating Chemiluminescence (1997) Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Roanoke, VA.

 

Dawson, M.J. DNA Testing at the Maryland State Police Crime Laboratory (1996) Southern Association of Forensic Scientists Annual Meeting, Tallahassee, FL.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

                                               

1994                                       Extraction, Quantification, Amplification, Gene Scanner Detection and Statistical Analysis Database

 

1995                                       Chemiluminescence  Probe Labeling and Detection

 

1996                                       Expert Forensic DNA Testimony

                                               Chemiluminescence Detection for RFLP

                                               STR Analysis and Fluoro-imaging

                                               Continuing Medical Education Course in DNA DataBanks & Repositories, CODIS Users Group Meeting

 

1997                                      STR Multiplexing, Automation and Application

                                              Forensic Statistics and Population Genetics                                                              

                                             Technical Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods

                                             Basic Principles of DNA Typing and Interpretation

                                             DNA Typing, Interpretation and Testimony Workshop

1998                                     STRs Next Generation

                                             Health and Safety in the Workplace

                                             OSHA & Safety: What the Worker Needs to Know

 

1999                                    Advanced 310 Genetic Analyzer & AmpFlSTR Training

                                            Blood Spatter Interpretation

                                            Quality Control of Pipettes in the Laboratory

                                            STR Interpretation Workshop

 

2000                                  DNA in the Laboratory and the Courtroom: Scientific, Technical and Legal Aspects

                                           Casework Guidelines and Mixture Interpretation

                                           Fluorescent STR Validation Workshop

                                           Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods

 

2001                                  Hazardous Waste (RCRA) Initial Training Course

                                          Detecting Blood at Crime Scenes

                                         Chemical Hygiene Training

                                         Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

                                         Promega STR Educational Forum

                                         Population Statistics and Forensic DNA Analysis

                                         DNA Auditor Training

 

2002                               Advanced 310 Genetic Analyzer & AmpFlSTR Training

 

2003                               Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

 

2004                               Capillary Electrophoresis in DNA Analysis

                                        New Hampshire State Police Basic Photography School

 

MEETINGS ATTENDED

 

1993    American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

1994    American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, San Antonio,TX

1996    Armed Forces Institution of Pathology, CODIS Meeting, Tallahassee, FL

1996    Southern Association of Forensic Scientists Annual Meeting, Tallahassee, FL

1996    Mid-Atlantic Assoc. of Forensic Scientists Annual Meeting, Harrisburg, PA

1997    Mid-Atlantic Assoc. of Forensic Scientists Annual Meeting, Roanoke, VA

1997    Cambridge Healthtech Institute Annual Conference, Fairfax, VA

1997    American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, New York, NY

1998    OSHA & Safety Meeting, Baltimore, MD

1998    Mid-Atlantic Assoc. of Forensic Scientists Health and Safety Fair, Fairfax, VA

1998    American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting, Reno, NV

1999    Mid-Atlantic Assoc. of Forensic Scientists Annual Meeting, Ocean City, MD

1999    11th International Symposium on Human Identification, Biloxi, MI

2001    7th CODIS User’s Conference, State Administrator’s Meeting, Arlington, VA

2003   National Institute of Justice Fourth Annual DNA Grantees’ Workshop, Washington, DC

2005   National Institute of Justice Sixth Annual DNA Grantees’ Workshop, Washington, DC

2006   National Institute of Justice Seventh Annual DNA Grantees’ Workshop, Washington, DC

 

Revised:January 2017