Recent News

Audrey Williams Honored With AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award

The AAFS Past Presidents Council is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Audrey M. Williams, PhD, an Associate Member in the Criminalistics Section. The award will be presented by Susan Ballou, Chair of the Past Presidents Council, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, during the AAFS […]


AAFS Delegation Joins CFSO in DC to Discuss Forensic Science Standards

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President-Elect On October 28 and 29, an AAFS delegation composed of Jeri Ropero-Miller (President-Elect), Ken Melson (AAFS CFSO representative), Lucy Davis (ASB Chair, OSAC FSSB member), and Teresa Ambrosius (ASB Secretariat) attended a Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) all-hands meeting outside of Washington, DC. Other meeting attendees included CFSO […]


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 […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2019-20 Lucas 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. Six FSF Lucas Grants […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2019-20 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. Four FSF Field Grants […]



Section News

AAFS 2020 Toxicology Section Program Co-Chair Change

Source: William R. Johnson, BA, Toxicology Section Chair Due to Continuing Education Policy and Requirements for Conflict of Interest, the AAFS 2020 Toxicology Section Program Co-Chair was recently changed from Laureen Marinetti to Madeline Swortwood. We appreciate Laureen’s willingness to serve in this capacity and welcome Madeline into the position. Please email Toxicology Section Chair […]


Seeking Criminalistics Liaison for the ASB DNA Consensus Body

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Criminalistics Section Nominating Committee Chair The Criminalistics Section is seeking a volunteer to serve as a liaison between our Academy section and the DNA Consensus Body (CB) of the AAFS Standards Board (ASB). We are looking for individuals who will actively provide input in the development of standards documents, represent 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 […]


2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Information

Download the 2020 Advance Program HERE. Registration will be available for the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting on Monday, November 4! The online registration system requires payment with a credit or debit card. You may either log into your AAFS account portal at https://webdata.aafs.org/aafsweb/Security/SignIn.aspx or go to the Meetings page on the AAFS website and […]


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, […]


President’s Message—April 2019

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, 2019-20 President 2020 AAFS Annual Meeting Theme: “Crossing Borders” I am honored to be elected President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. My first annual meeting was in 1996 in New York when I was invited to speak at a workshop. I was overwhelmed by the different topics and […]


AAFS News

Audrey Williams Honored With AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award

The AAFS Past Presidents Council is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Audrey M. Williams, PhD, an Associate Member in the Criminalistics Section. The award will be presented by Susan Ballou, Chair of the Past Presidents Council, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, during the AAFS […]


AAFS Delegation Joins CFSO in DC to Discuss Forensic Science Standards

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President-Elect On October 28 and 29, an AAFS delegation composed of Jeri Ropero-Miller (President-Elect), Ken Melson (AAFS CFSO representative), Lucy Davis (ASB Chair, OSAC FSSB member), and Teresa Ambrosius (ASB Secretariat) attended a Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) all-hands meeting outside of Washington, DC. Other meeting attendees included CFSO […]


FSF Needs Your Help With the Silent Auction

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Silent Auction conducted during the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting is a long-standing tradition. The FSF depends on donations from members, meeting attendees, and exhibitors for a successful auction. Please consider donating an item that will encourage lively bidding (author-signed books, apparel or coffee mugs with your agency logo, or other […]


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

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 […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2019-20 Lucas 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. Six FSF Lucas Grants […]


FEPAC News

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 […]


FEPAC Adopts Standards Changes for Undergraduate Programs

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.10 Review of Standards states that FEPAC is tasked with conducting ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards in order to verify that they evaluate educational quality and are relevant to […]