2021 Tri-State Educational Conference


          Join us for the 2021 Tri-State IAI Educational Conference! This year's conference is being held from October 6 to October 8, 2021 at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, 155 Temple Street, New Haven, CT. Suggested lodging is the Omni Hotel, located in the heart of downtown New Haven which offers a great selection of shops, music venues, restaurants, and bars. The Omni New Haven is also walking distance to Union Station for those who will be traveling by train. 

          The Tri-State IAI Educational Conference is open to all forensic scientists and law enforcement personnel including sworn and civilian crime scene investigators, identification officers, police officers, supervisors, medical examiners, pathologists, coroners, medico-legal death investigators, forensic laboratory personnel, forensic science students (graduate and undergraduate), and legal professionals.


          Speaker and workshop topics include blood pattern analysis, case studies, cold case investigation, crime scene and evidence photography, footwear and tire mark analysis, forensic genetic genealogy, firearms identification, ALS detection, and more. This year we are also hosting an academic poster session for any of our attendees (students or regular members!) to share their research with the practicioners in attendance. 

          The Conference Room Rate is $169.00 per night plus $25.35 sales tax. There is a $20.00/day fee for parking at the hotel. Guests can make reservations at the hotel by contacting the Omni Hotel directly at 203.974.6849, or by clicking here. The Tri-State IAI Educational Conference Group Rate has been extended until Friday, September 10. Please use the direct link to book your room prior to September 10. If you call or use the link before that date and do not get the room rate, please email Maria Torre at ctiaisecretary1@gmail.com or mtorre@newhaven.edu

          Breakfast will be served on each day. Lunch will be served on Wednesday and Thursday only. There are several options for dinner in downtown New Haven, many within walking distance. 

          On-site registration and check-in will begin at 0700 hours on Wednesday, October 6. The schedule of conference speakers and workshops is posted below and will be updated as information is confirmed. Please note that because of constantly changing COVID-related travel restrictions, speakers or workshops may be affected. The conference coordinators will do their best to replace any workshops/speakers that cannot be held for any reason.



          Conference Registration Fees: Any International/Divisional IAI Member: $275.00

                                                            Non-IAI Members:                                    $325.00

                                                            Single-day Attendee:                                $125.00

                                                            Student:                                                    $175.00

                                                            Student Single-Day Attendance:              $  95.00

          Those wishing to register for the conference through Eventbrite can do so by clicking here. You can also register and send your payment by mail. Click here for the registration form. You may send a check, made payable to CT IAI, to:

Detective Tammy Murray

West Haven Police Department

200 Saw Mill Road

West Haven, CT 06516

Those wishing to become members prior to the conference can find the membership application here.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: (*subject to change/update)

         Wednesday: 0700 - 0830 Registration

                           0700 - 0800 Breakfast

                           0845 - 0900 Patrick Griffin, State's Attorney, New Haven, CT: Welcome/Opening Remarks

                           0900 - 1030 Peter Valentin, Detective (Ret'd) CT State Police: Annie Le: My Perspective from the Crime                                                   Scene

                           1030 - 1200 Dr. Claire Glynn, PhD, Associate Professor University of New Haven: The Emergence of                                                       Forensic Genetic Genealogy in Cold Case Investigations

                           1200 - 1300 Lunch

                           1315 - 1530 Lieutenant Arthur Weisgerber, CO Crime Scene/Identification Unit Norwalk Police                                                                 Department: Cold Case Investigations 


       Thursday:    0815 - 1400 Jeff Gurvis, BPA Workshop, 

                           0830 - 1000 Leila Timm, Forensic Scientist, DESPP Division of Scientific Services, DMME Presentation

                           0900 - 1200 Kevin Parmelee, Detective, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office (NJ): IR Photography                                                         Workshop

                           1030 - 1200 Lucinda Lopes-Phelan, Deputy Director Identification Section, DESPP Division of Scientific                                                   Services: Mobile NIBIN Van

                           1000- 1530  Lisa Ragaza, Forensic Scientist, DESPP Division of Scientific Services: Footwear and Tire                                                   Mark Impressions lecture and workshop (*AM on site, PM West Haven PD)

                           1300 - 1600 Ms. Alexis Dodson, Foster + Freeman: Detect More Evidence (ALS Detection Workshop)

                           1400 - 1600 Jeff Gurvis: BPA Certification Test Preparation                          

                           1400 - 1600 John Brunetti, Forensic Scientist, DESPP Division of Scientific Services:

                                               Multi-Media Enhancement and Digital Analysis: An Introduction To Useful Open-Source                                                         Software & Command Line Utilities                  

                           *Breakfast 0700 - 0800, Lunch - 1200 - 1300


         Friday:         0700 - 0800 Breakfast

                           0815 - 1200 Wrap up:  Student Research Presentation: Chase Notari, Graduate Student, MS Forensic                                                                      Technology

                                                                Dr. Henry Lee, World-Renowned Forensic Scientist, Faculty member University of                                                                  New Haven, Founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science

                                                                Kevin Parmelee, Detective, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office (NJ):

                                                                OSAC Update

                                                                Business Meeting



          State of Connecticut guidelines currently state that vaccinated individuals do not need to wear face coverings indoors, but unvaccinated individuals must wear face coverings while inside. However, municipalities may elect to go beyond the state recommendations. Currently, the City of New Haven is mandating that all persons, regardless of vaccination status, must wear appropriate face coverings while indoors. Conference attendees can stay up-to-date with state guidelines here. Please note that mandates from the City of New Haven may be different. These requirements can be found here. These websites are updated by the State of Connecticut and City of New Haven, respectively. 

          We expect that masks will be required for both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals at the time of the conference. Disposable masks will be provided for conference attendees, but it is recommended that all attendees bring with them their own personal masks. Hand sanitizer will also be provided.