Recent News

News From NIST: Kennedy Assassination Bullets Preserved in Digital Form

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST At the request of the National Archives, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) forensic ballistics lab have used advanced imaging methods to create high-resolution 3D models of the bullets used in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This historic preservation project will allow […]


Christophe Champod, PhD, Named AAFS 2020 Lucas Medalist

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Christophe Champod has been selected as its 2020 recipient of the AAFS Douglas M. Lucas Medal. The Lucas Medal will be presented by AAFS President-Elect Jeri Ropero-Miller during the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) 22nd Triennial Meeting in […]


The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Will Be Field Testing Two New Exams at AAFS in Anaheim

Source: Shawn K. West, MFSF, ABC Secretary Interested parties will have the opportunity to sit for the new ABC certification exams during the upcoming AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA. There is no sitting fee for these field tests. Applications are due by January 15, 2020. The two exams are the Biological Evidence Screening […]


AAFS 2020 Community Outreach Event in Anaheim, CA

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Each year, in conjunction with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting, AAFS organizes a community outreach event open to local residents of all ages who have an interest in forensic science. This year, AAFS has teamed with Discovery Cube Orange County and […]


2019-20 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize Recipients

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the “FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant Award and Book Prize” essay contest: Christiane I. Baigent, MSc, Member/Anthropology; Jacqueline L. Galimany, BS, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Mariyam I. Isa, MA, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Molly A. Kaplan, BA, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Sophia R. Mavroudas, MA, Member/Anthropology; Diana L. Messer, MS, […]



Section News

The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Will Be Field Testing Two New Exams at AAFS in Anaheim

Source: Shawn K. West, MFSF, ABC Secretary Interested parties will have the opportunity to sit for the new ABC certification exams during the upcoming AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA. There is no sitting fee for these field tests. Applications are due by January 15, 2020. The two exams are the Biological Evidence Screening […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Prepares for Anaheim, CA

Source:  Jason Paroff, DMS Section Secretary The turkey is out of the freezer and defrosting in the fridge, which means the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA is coming up quickly. Have you reserved your hotel room? Pre-registered for the conference? There will be more information about the DMS Scientific Program in the […]


AAFS Policy Statements

Statement from the AAFS Board of Directors on the National Commission on Forensic Science

Source:  AAFS Board of Directors The American Academy of Forensic Sciences wholeheartedly commends its membership who provided expertise, wisdom, and guidance to the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) since its 2013 origin. There are 14 Commission Members, 3 Ex-Officio Members, and numerous sub-committee members who are also members of the Academy and the work […]


Annual Meeting News

AAFS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting—Special Function Schedules

Six breakfast seminars, two luncheon seminars, an evening session, two special sessions, and 26 workshops have been accepted for the AAFS 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting offering a wide range of topics. Workshops are an excellent means to meet your continuing education needs while maintaining and expanding your knowledge of your specific forensic discipline. Many workshops […]


President's Messages

President’s Message—June 2019

Sources: Zeno Geradts, PhD, AAFS President and Jeri-Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President-Elect AAFS President Zeno Geradts and President-Elect Jeri Ropero-Miller traveled to São Paulo and Brasilia, Brazil, May 19–30, as part of a 22-member delegation for the International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) in Forensic Science. Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Nancy Jackson organized the trip in collaboration with the AAFS association academy, […]


AAFS News

News From NIST: Kennedy Assassination Bullets Preserved in Digital Form

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST At the request of the National Archives, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) forensic ballistics lab have used advanced imaging methods to create high-resolution 3D models of the bullets used in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This historic preservation project will allow […]


Christophe Champod, PhD, Named AAFS 2020 Lucas Medalist

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Christophe Champod has been selected as its 2020 recipient of the AAFS Douglas M. Lucas Medal. The Lucas Medal will be presented by AAFS President-Elect Jeri Ropero-Miller during the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) 22nd Triennial Meeting in […]


AAFS 2020 Community Outreach Event in Anaheim, CA

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Each year, in conjunction with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting, AAFS organizes a community outreach event open to local residents of all ages who have an interest in forensic science. This year, AAFS has teamed with Discovery Cube Orange County and […]


Staff Corner

2020 Membership Dues Information

2020 Membership Dues Notices have been posted online and will be mailed shortly. All Student Affiliates and Trainee Affiliates must certify eligibility before a dues notice will be generated. You may login to your AAFS Account Portal to download a .pdf copy of your dues invoice or to make payment with a debit or credit […]


Associate Members and Members—Are You Eligible to Promote?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator AAFS encourages Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher status to complete and submit an application for promotion. Please review the promotion requirements on the AAFS website at https://www.aafs.org/home-page/membership/student-affiliate-trainee-affiliate-or-associate-member/aafs-basic-membership-requirements/promotion-requirements/individual-section-requirements/ to determine if you are eligible. If you fulfill your section’s requirements for promotion, you may apply online […]


AAFS Standards Board

A New Forensic Toxicology Standard From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 036, Standard Practices for Method Validation in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2019. This standard is produced through ASB’s Toxicology Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The standard is based […]


NIST Has Announced the Restructuring OSAC (OSAC 2.0) Plan

Source: Lucy A. Davis, BHS, AAFS Representative, OSAC Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) In the Fall of 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sent out a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register on The Development of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science 2.0. Both the American […]


YFSF News

Deadline EXTENDED for Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Poster Submissions to November 7!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair The decision has been made to re-open submissions for the YFSF posters through NOVEMBER 7. If you or someone you know would like to submit, take advantage of this extended deadline. There is still room for more submissions. If you have questions or need help, please contact: zain.bhaloo@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca. […]


The YFSF Abstract Submission Deadline is November 1!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair Hello everyone! The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee is still accepting abstracts for its poster sessions at the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA! The submission deadline is November 1! REMINDER: You must log into the AAFS portal (create an account if you have not […]


FSF News

2019-20 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize Recipients

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the “FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant Award and Book Prize” essay contest: Christiane I. Baigent, MSc, Member/Anthropology; Jacqueline L. Galimany, BS, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Mariyam I. Isa, MA, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Molly A. Kaplan, BA, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Sophia R. Mavroudas, MA, Member/Anthropology; Diana L. Messer, MS, […]


2020 FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship Winner Announced: Giacomo Musile

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the recipient of the FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship! Giacomo Musile, PhD (Toxicology) of Verona, Italy, was selected based on his abstract submission, Thanatochemistry at the Crime Scene: A Microfluidic Paper-Based Device for Ammonium Analysis in the Vitreous Humor. Dr. Musile’s paper is scheduled for oral […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Accepting Accreditation Applications for 2020/2021 Consideration

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is currently accepting applications for forensic science and forensic digital evidence programs for review during the 2020 review cycle. FEPAC’s primary mission is to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation and […]


FEPAC Selects New Commissioners

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At a recent meeting, two new Commissioners were selected to serve on the AAFS Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). A. Karl Larsen, Jr. will be replacing Robert E. Gaensslen as Academician Commissioner while Heidi Eldridge will be replacing Daniel E. Katz as Practitioner Commissioner. Pursuant to […]