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Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following list of topics was suggested: Toxicology certification resources, guides, anecdotes, opportunities Skeletal trauma analysis Multidisciplinary workshop—death investigation, toxicology, pathology/biology Drugs and poisons, drugs of abuse, paraphenylenediamine […]


OSAC Invites Professional Organizations to Comment on ASTM Standards

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The Organization of Scientific Area Communities (OSAC), housed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), recently invited OSAC professional association representatives to share information on OSAC events with their members. The invitation highlighted the opportunity to comment on inclusion of two forensic related standards, published […]


Success in Seattle! Questioned Documents Section News—April 2018

Source: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Section Chair The 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences is in the books. Section Program Chair Samiah Ibrahim and Co-Chair Kevin Kulbacki delivered an excellent program. Section Workshop Chair Linda Mitchell delivered a one-day workshop taught by Joel Zlotnik. Attendees provided positive feedback regarding the […]



Section News

Success in Seattle! Questioned Documents Section News—April 2018

Source: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Section Chair The 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences is in the books. Section Program Chair Samiah Ibrahim and Co-Chair Kevin Kulbacki delivered an excellent program. Section Workshop Chair Linda Mitchell delivered a one-day workshop taught by Joel Zlotnik. Attendees provided positive feedback regarding 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 […]


Science Matters

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—March 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President Under the direction of 2017-18 President Betty Layne DesPortes, the 70th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting proved to be both exciting and educational. Let us now look forward to our next meeting in February 2019. I welcome you to what I know will be a tremendous and engaging year […]


President’s Message — February 2018

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President For this month’s President’s Message, I would like to run the President’s Editorial article that was published in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 63, No. 1 There are No Sides in Forensic Science When I became President of the Academy, the first […]


AAFS News

Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following list of topics was suggested: Toxicology certification resources, guides, anecdotes, opportunities Skeletal trauma analysis Multidisciplinary workshop—death investigation, toxicology, pathology/biology Drugs and poisons, drugs of abuse, paraphenylenediamine […]


In Memoriam: Eric Buel, PhD

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-2019 President With great sadness and profound feelings of loss I am informing the AAFS membership that one of our colleagues, Eric Buel, who passed away on April 5, 2018, following a long battle with lymphoma. Eric, a Fellow of the Criminalistics Section, received the section’s Paul L. Kirk award in […]


Staff Corner

AAFS Pre-Registration Deadline Approaching!

The AAFS Annual Meeting Pre-Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 24th. The deadline is firm. Attendance at all Special Functions (workshops, special sessions, and breakfast and luncheon seminars) is by pre-registration only. Registration forms received after Wednesday, January 24th, will be processed at the On-Site Registration Rates, and no Special Function selections will be honored. To […]


2018 Dues Information

2018 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. If […]


AAFS Standards Board

OSAC Invites Professional Organizations to Comment on ASTM Standards

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The Organization of Scientific Area Communities (OSAC), housed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), recently invited OSAC professional association representatives to share information on OSAC events with their members. The invitation highlighted the opportunity to comment on inclusion of two forensic related standards, published […]


Why Does the ASB Seek Public Comment?

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The AAFS Academy Standards Board (ASB) facilitates the development of forensic-related consensus standards according to procedures based on the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Essential Requirements: Due Process Requirements for American National Standards. Among other things, due process requires that the ASB, as an ANSI-accredited standards developer, […]


YFSF News

YFSF Special Session

Sources:  Amanda R. Hale, MA, Special Session Chair, and Zain Bhaloo, MSc, Special Session Co-Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Committee is preparing for our all-day special session coming up soon. This year’s theme is Research in Science:  How Young Scientists Can Shape A Better Future, and it is all about our […]


FSF News

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 […]


2018-19 FSF Warren-Young Scholarship: May 1 Deadline

Purpose: This award is designed to encourage forensic science education at the middle and high school level and is intended to provide funds to purchase supplies, equipment, or reference materials to support forensic science education in teaching basic scientific principles. Applications will be judged based on how the funds will further the goals of the […]


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 […]