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Forensic Science Communications April 2008 — Volume 10 — Number 2
Short Communication

Laboratory Director Retires;
New Editor Appointed

On February 1, 2008, Laboratory Director Joseph A. DiZinno retired from the FBI and his position as editor of Forensic Science Communications. Before he retired, Dr. DiZinno appointed a new editor, Melissa Anne Smrz, who is currently serving as the Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) of the Laboratory’s Forensic Analysis Branch.

Dr. DiZinno was a practicing dentist before becoming an FBI Special Agent in 1986. He spent three years in the FBI’s Washington Field Office before being assigned to the Laboratory, where he first served as a trace evidence examiner and later in positions of increasing responsibility. In 2004, Dr. DiZinno became editor of Forensic Science Communications, and in May 2006, the FBI Director selected him to serve as Laboratory Director.

DAD Smrz entered on duty as a Special Agent in 1989. After three years in the FBI’s Indianapolis Division, she was assigned to the Laboratory, serving first as a serology and nuclear DNA examiner and later in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility before being promoted to DAD in July 2006. DAD Smrz holds a bachelor of science degree in zoology, a certificate in medical technology, and a master of science in criminalistics.

We wish Dr. DiZinno the best in retirement and welcome DAD Smrz as our new editor.

Joseph A. DiZinno
Joseph A. DiZinno

Melissa Anne Smrz
Melissa Anne Smrz