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ASB Newsletter—January 22, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: ASB Standard 145, Standard for Consultation during Friction Ridge Examination, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 5, 2021) The following document are also available for […]


Justice Department Publishes Statement on 2016 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD The United States Justice Department has published a statement on the 2016 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report, Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods. The statement is a response to PCAST’s claims regarding what it described as forensic “feature comparison methods.” […]


FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 3.5 Faculty

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a […]


NIST Study Will Help Labs Distinguish Between Hemp and Marijuana

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching an interlaboratory comparison study aimed at helping labs make the accurate Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) measurements needed to distinguish between hemp and marijuana. For this study, NIST will send samples of hemp and marijuana plant material to labs that will […]


AAFS Virtual Section Business Meetings

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator With the section business meetings being conducted virtually the week prior to the AAFS Annual Meeting, it is imperative that members register by the pre-registration deadline. You MUST be registered for the annual meeting in order to attend the section business meetings. Your attendance is critical in order to achieve a […]



Section News

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

Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker Announced

We are eager to announce details for the Keynote Address that will take place during the upcoming virtual AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. This session—In Pursuit of Equity— will be held on Wednesday, February 17, from 8:00 a,m, – 9:30 a.m.—just prior to the Plenary Session. The guest speaker will be Dr. Beronda Montgomery from Michigan […]


President's Messages

President’s Spotlight—AAFS Membership Survey Results and Proposed Courses of Action

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President, and Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, AAFS Vice President and Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee Chair More than 1,500 individual (23%) members participated in the recent survey. The Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee thanks those of you who took time out to provide thoughtful responses and comments. The extensive […]


President’s Message—Did You Miss the HHRRC Poster and Networking Session at AAFS?

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President and FTCoE Project Director and Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, HHRRC Chair This past February at the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted the Inaugural […]


AAFS News

Justice Department Publishes Statement on 2016 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD The United States Justice Department has published a statement on the 2016 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report, Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods. The statement is a response to PCAST’s claims regarding what it described as forensic “feature comparison methods.” […]


NIST Study Will Help Labs Distinguish Between Hemp and Marijuana

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching an interlaboratory comparison study aimed at helping labs make the accurate Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) measurements needed to distinguish between hemp and marijuana. For this study, NIST will send samples of hemp and marijuana plant material to labs that will […]


AAFS Virtual Section Business Meetings

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator With the section business meetings being conducted virtually the week prior to the AAFS Annual Meeting, it is imperative that members register by the pre-registration deadline. You MUST be registered for the annual meeting in order to attend the section business meetings. Your attendance is critical in order to achieve a […]


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

ASB Newsletter—January 22, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: ASB Standard 145, Standard for Consultation during Friction Ridge Examination, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 5, 2021) The following document are also available for […]


ASB Newsletter—January 8, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: ASB Standard 070, Standard for Examination of Handwritten Items, First Edition (Comment Deadline, February 22, 2021) ASB Best Practice Recommendation 108, Forensic Odontology in […]


YFSF News

YFSF Poster Deadline: November 1! Submit Now!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee is still accepting abstracts for its virtual Poster Sessions during the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting! The submission deadline is November 1! REMINDER: You must log into the AAFS portal (create an account if you have not already done so); on the […]


FSF News

2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Rachelle A. Turiello has been awarded the 2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Epi-PrepDise: A Centrifugal Microfluidic Device for Forensic DNA Methylation Sample Preparation for Chronological Age Prediction. The award consists of $1,700, a plaque, complimentary meeting registration […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2020-21 Field Grant Recipients

Each year, the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) awards monies in the form of grants to members of the forensic science communities to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research throughout the year. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Three FSF Field Grants […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 3.5 Faculty

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a […]


FEPAC Calls for Comments on Proposed Crime Scene Investigation Standards

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is asking for your comments on and reaction to the proposed standards shown below for academic programs in Crime Scene Investigation. Background: Based on surveys conducted over the past several years, FEPAC has developed a set of standards […]