Recent News

Student Affiliates—AAFS Eligibility Reminder

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Student Affiliate, each Student Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Student Affiliate is a temporary status and may only be held as long as you meet the requirements. To certify your eligibility for the 2019 membership year, you must either: Submit the Annual […]


Trainee Affiliates—AAFS Eligibility Reminder

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Trainee Affiliate, each Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Trainee Affiliate is a temporary status and may only be held until you have completed the experience required for Associate Member. Please review the section requirements for Associate Member on our website at […]


In Memoriam: Gregory S. Golden, DDS

Source: John P. Kenney, DDS, MS, Odontology Section Board of Directors Representative Forensic science, and odontology in particular, lost a great colleague, scientist, and mentor with the passing of Greg Golden of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, on August 21. Greg was a colleague, friend, and mentor to many in the odontology community. He served in various […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Digital Subscription—Access Instructions and New Features

In alignment with the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) e-migration to online only in January 2018, a Digital Subscription to JFS will be provided complimentary to AAFS Trainee Affiliates, Associate Members, Members, and Fellows as part of your 2019 annual membership dues payment. Student Affiliates without an application on file to upgrade may purchase a […]


2019 Membership Dues Information

2019 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 card. […]



Section News

Information for the 7th International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science Is Now Available

Source: Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Chair The 7th International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science (ICELFS) will be held at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg, Germany, July 31-August 2, 2019. The agenda will cover both recent advances in forensic science and the reform of the evidence law related to the admissibility of […]


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

2018 Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Information

Source:  Tracie McCray,  AAFS Accounting Assistant The Pre-Registration deadline has passed. All registrations will now be processed at the on-site price. AAFS maintains a Frequently Asked Questions page located here https://www.aafs.org/meetings/faq/. Registration Category On-Site Registration Rate AAFS Members & Trainee Affiliates $450 AAFS Applicants* $450 AAFS Student Affiliates* $125 AAFS Retired Fellows $0 Non-Members $575 Non-Member […]


General Section Theme Article

Source:  Dayle L. Hinman, BS Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science Many people spend their careers immersed in the day-to day-activities and challenges of their chosen profession.  Special indeed are those individuals who have the ability to share effectively their knowledge and abilities to better the wider professional community.  Remarkable is […]


President's Messages

President’s Message—July 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President In Havana, Cuba, in 1947, “the father of forensic pathology,” Dr. Rutherford B.H. Gradwohl, met with Dr. Israel Castellanos, the Director of the Cuban National Identification Office. They met to plan the first meeting of the Pan-American Medical-Legal Congress, which convened in St. Louis, MO, in 1948. Later […]


President’s Message—May 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President In 1992, a 23-year-old woman disappeared from her home. A recent graduate of Harvard University who aspired to working in the corporate world, she inexplicably failed to show up at work one day. While her family members tried to find her, police searched the area around her home […]


AAFS News

Student Affiliates—AAFS Eligibility Reminder

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Student Affiliate, each Student Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Student Affiliate is a temporary status and may only be held as long as you meet the requirements. To certify your eligibility for the 2019 membership year, you must either: Submit the Annual […]


Trainee Affiliates—AAFS Eligibility Reminder

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Trainee Affiliate, each Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Trainee Affiliate is a temporary status and may only be held until you have completed the experience required for Associate Member. Please review the section requirements for Associate Member on our website at […]


In Memoriam: Gregory S. Golden, DDS

Source: John P. Kenney, DDS, MS, Odontology Section Board of Directors Representative Forensic science, and odontology in particular, lost a great colleague, scientist, and mentor with the passing of Greg Golden of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, on August 21. Greg was a colleague, friend, and mentor to many in the odontology community. He served in various […]


Staff Corner

2019 Membership Dues Information

2019 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 card. […]


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

International Forensics Standards

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison, and Julie A. Howe, MBA, ASB Board Member The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced the publication of the following two new international forensic science standards: ISO 21043-1:2018 Forensic sciences—Part 1: Terms and definitions; https://www.iso.org/obp/ui#iso:std:iso:21043:-1:ed-1:v1:en ISO 21043-2:2018 Forensic sciences—Part 2: Recognition, recording, collecting, transport and storage of […]


ASB Accepting Applications for Openings in the Consensus Bodies

Source: Teresa L. Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB is currently accepting applications for openings in the consensus bodies. In order to maintain a specific balance across interest categories, the ASB is soliciting members only in these interest categories. Click HERE for a detailed description of the Interest Categories. Anthropology: Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing […]


YFSF News

New YFSF Submission Deadlines and Special Session Update

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair As part of the redesigned Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF), our committee is excited to update you regarding our upcoming activities and submission deadlines: Poster Session: The YFSF Poster Session will now take place within the AAFS multidisciplinary poster sessions occurring Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the […]


YFSF Survey Responses Wanted

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair We are excited to announce that the Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is undergoing organizational and structural changes to better the forum for both its committee members and the attendees of its sessions. The first major change involves the committee being reduced to five members. Alex Krotulski […]


FSF News

2018-19 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize: October 15 Deadline

Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2019 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a […]


2018-19 FSF Acorn and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Acorn Grants (up to $1,500) and Lucas Grants ($1,501-$6,000) are intended to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Submission Requirements: The following criteria will be considered in evaluating proposals […]


FEPAC News

2018 FEPAC Accreditation Decisions

At its February 2018 Annual Meeting, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) conducted reviews of forensic science programs that had applied for accreditation during the 2016 review cycle. The summary of accreditation actions taken by FEPAC are available online through the FEPAC website http://fepac-edu.org. The document, FEPAC 2018 Accreditation Decisions, is available under […]


FEPAC Accepting Accreditation Applications for 2018 Review

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, Director of Accreditation The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is currently accepting applications for forensic science and forensic digital evidence programs for review during the 2018 review cycle. FEPAC’s primary mission is to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation and accreditation system […]