The Maples Center creates an exciting exploratory environment for approaches and perspectives that transcend traditional forensic science research and education. It focuses scholarship, policy and methods development across all available media, scales, and systems to create new educational, research, service, and outreach opportunities in Forensic Medicine. The Maples Center is organized as a collaborative network that encourages and coordinates multi-disciplinary scientific inquiry among its community of scholars and practitioners. New educational opportunities have been developed and provided to the novice as well as the forensic professional. Rotations in forensic anthropology and toxicology will be advertised and accredited with the governing bodies of national societies. Medical students, residences and fellows at the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory have completed successful rotations over the past two years. The Maples Center encourages partnerships at all levels with internal and external scholars, practitioners, communities, institutions of governance and law enforcement in order to advance the forensic sciences. Maples Center activities address societal problems locally, in the State of Florida, nationally, and internationally.
In addition to maintaining the research and service missions of the Maples Center, a graduate program in Forensic Medicine at the masters level is being developed. There is no program in the State of Florida, other than the Maples Center, with an emphasis on forensic medicine. The Maples Center unifies the existing programs (anthropology, pathology, chemistry, nursing, and others), and creates a much requested degree tract. All educational programs, workshops, and international symposia sponsored by the Maples Center are of exceptional quality in order to attract the best scholars at every level to bring fresh and multi-faceted approaches and insight to the widest range of contemporary medico-legal issues. The Center has been tasked with the development of the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System (FEMORS) by the Florida Department of Health in conjunction with the State’s Division of Emergency Operations. The Center has developed a state-oriented plan including training for use in a mass fatality incident. For more information on FEMORS visit www.femors.org.