Recent News

Invitation to Provide Follow-up Information to PCAST Regarding its Forensics Report

In September 2016, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its Report to the President on “Forensic Science in the Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity Of Feature-Comparison Methods.” See https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_forensic_science_report_final.pdf. As a follow-up to this work, PCAST invites you to reply by Wednesday, December 14 to the following request: Please identify […]


Consider a Contribution to the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF)

Source: Tracie McCray, AAFS Accounting Assistant As we near the end of 2016, please consider a year-end contribution to the Forensic Sciences Foundation. Your contribution ensures a sound financial basis for the future of forensic science by funding the Foundation’s many awards, grants, and scholarships—including the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Competition, the Student Affiliate Scholarships, […]


The Dr. Henry C. Lee Museum of Forensic Investigation

Source: Robert E. Barsley, DDS, JD, AAFS Past President AAFS Criminalistics Section Fellow Henry Lee was honored with the unveiling of the Dr. Henry C. Lee Museum of Forensic Investigation in his birthplace of Rugao, China, on November 5.  The museum showcases ten major cases Dr. Lee has worked on and also presents a history of forensic science. Additional features are a case […]


FEPAC Calls for Comments on Proposed Updates to Forensic Science Standards

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation 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 adequately evaluate educational quality and are relevant […]


The University of Florida, Department of Anthropology, Seeks a New Director for the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory

Source: Kate Spradley, PhD, Section Secretary The University of Florida, Department of Anthropology, enthusiastically announces the search for a new director of the internationally renowned C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory (http://www.poundlab.org/). An appointment will be made at the associate or full professor level, commensurate with the top candidate’s experience. This position will begin in Fall […]


2017 Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

Source: Tracie McCray, AAFS Accounting Assistant Registration is now available for the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. The online registration system requires payment with a credit or debit card. If you need to pay using another method (i.e., purchase order or check), please use the .pdf registration form found here: https://www.aafs.org/meetings/registration-information/. Please contact Tracie McCray […]



Section News

The University of Florida, Department of Anthropology, Seeks a New Director for the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory

Source: Kate Spradley, PhD, Section Secretary The University of Florida, Department of Anthropology, enthusiastically announces the search for a new director of the internationally renowned C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory (http://www.poundlab.org/). An appointment will be made at the associate or full professor level, commensurate with the top candidate’s experience. This position will begin in Fall […]


Anthropology Announcements and News

Source: Kate Spradley, PhD, Section Secretary Hello, Anthropology Section, The AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting is just around the corner. Abstract acceptance/rejection notifications are available through the AAFS portal. We would like to thank our program committee (Vincent Stefan and Elizabeth Miller) and abstract reviewers for working hard to put together our program. Announcements: Please […]


AAFS Policy Statements

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization with a major objective of improving practice within the field of forensic science. The organization recognizes the need for improvement, where needed, and view the findings in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report as notice of needed validation and […]


Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science

Accompanying Spouse Registration Policy

Source: Tracie McCray,  AAFS Accounting Assistant The “Accompanying Spouse” registration policy has been updated. An “accompanying spouse” registration is available for an additional fee of $50. This reduced fee is intended for spouses, family members, or other traveling companions who are not members of the forensic science or legal community and cannot be used for colleagues, […]


2017 Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Rates

Source:  Tracie McCray,  AAFS Accounting Assistant Registration will launch during the second week of November.  Registration rates are detailed below. Save money by registering before the Pre-Registration Deadline of Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Registration rates increase on Thursday, January 19, 2017, and Special Function registration will no longer be available. The Pre-Registration Deadline is FIRM and some […]


President's Messages

President’s Message — October 2016

Source: John E. Gerns, MFS, 2016-17 President As summer comes to an end and fall begins knocking on our door, I have just returned from a part of the world where spring is beginning — I am speaking of New Zealand. This year, the AAFS International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) took place in New Zealand, also […]


AAFS News

Invitation to Provide Follow-up Information to PCAST Regarding its Forensics Report

In September 2016, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its Report to the President on “Forensic Science in the Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity Of Feature-Comparison Methods.” See https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_forensic_science_report_final.pdf. As a follow-up to this work, PCAST invites you to reply by Wednesday, December 14 to the following request: Please identify […]


The Dr. Henry C. Lee Museum of Forensic Investigation

Source: Robert E. Barsley, DDS, JD, AAFS Past President AAFS Criminalistics Section Fellow Henry Lee was honored with the unveiling of the Dr. Henry C. Lee Museum of Forensic Investigation in his birthplace of Rugao, China, on November 5.  The museum showcases ten major cases Dr. Lee has worked on and also presents a history of forensic science. Additional features are a case […]


Staff Corner

2017 Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

Source: Tracie McCray, AAFS Accounting Assistant Registration is now available for the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. The online registration system requires payment with a credit or debit card. If you need to pay using another method (i.e., purchase order or check), please use the .pdf registration form found here: https://www.aafs.org/meetings/registration-information/. Please contact Tracie McCray […]


AAFS Meetings Accommodations UPDATE

This article is out of date, please see: Important Hyatt Regency Accommodations Reservation Information or the AAFS Accommodations page for the most recent information. The NBA has announced it will move its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC.  New Orleans has been proposed as an alternative, with the game day proposed as Sunday, February 19, 2017.  The move […]


AAFS Standards Board

Why Do We Need an SDO if We Have the OSAC?

Bradford J. Wing, MS, Secretariat, AAFS Standards Board SDO is a term meaning Standards Development Organization. OSAC stands for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees. The AAFS has established an SDO called the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) that works closely with OSAC to develop voluntary consensus standards, technical reports, and best practice recommendations. OSAC is […]


ASB News – July 2016

Source: Brad Wing, MS The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) has notified candidates of their selection for four Consensus Bodies: Disaster Victim Identification, DNA, Friction Ridge, and Wildlife Forensics. Approximately every two weeks, the ASB will announce selections for more Consensus Bodies. The next group will include: Anthropology, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Firearms […]


In Memoriam

YFSF News

Young Forensic Scientists Forum News – July 2016

Editors: Jacob Griffin, MS, and Ashley Foster, MAS A Letter From the YFSF President The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is excited to be starting a busy summer planning for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting. This July newsletter is the first to be published by this year’s YFSF committee. Please take the time to read […]


FSF News

Consider a Contribution to the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF)

Source: Tracie McCray, AAFS Accounting Assistant As we near the end of 2016, please consider a year-end contribution to the Forensic Sciences Foundation. Your contribution ensures a sound financial basis for the future of forensic science by funding the Foundation’s many awards, grants, and scholarships—including the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Competition, the Student Affiliate Scholarships, […]


FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistant Grant Recipient

Wei Chean Chuah, BS 2016-17 Bashinski Grant Recipient The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce that Wei Chean Chuah, BS, was awarded the 2016-17 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for his paper, “Argon Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Analysis of Illicit Drugs.”  This year’s award consists […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Calls for Comments on Proposed Updates to Forensic Science Standards

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation 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 adequately evaluate educational quality and are relevant […]


FEPAC Proposes Forensic Investigation Standards – Call for Comments

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 forensic investigation and related areas. Background: FEPAC has recently been discussing the possibility of expanding the scope of its accreditation activities to areas other than classic forensic science/criminalistics. A […]