Recent News

Professional Affiliate Applications Coming Soon!

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President Professional Affiliate applications are coming soon! The AAFS Staff is hard at work developing the final version. For more information about this status, the requirements, and a list of FAQs, click HERE. If you are interested in applying for Professional Affiliate status, please email Cheryl Hunter (chunter@aafs.org) […]


Two New Forensic Firearm Examination Standards Added to the OSAC Registry of Approved Standards

Source: Rich Press, Acting Director of Media Relations, National Institute of Standards and Technology The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science has placed two new standards covering firearm and toolmark analysis, the forensic discipline used in the investigation of gun crimes, on its Registry of Approved Standards. This stamp of approval from OSAC, […]


Updated AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual Now Available

An updated AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual has been posted to the website HERE. The Table of Contents is linked to the appropriate pages for easy navigation. The following updates were approved by the 2022–23 Board of Directors: 1.1.4. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Statement—See https://www.aafs.org/article/aafs-board-box-amendment-aafs-deia-statement. 2.1. Classes of Members and Affiliates—Addition of new status “Professional Affiliate.” […]


Update FSF Policy and Procedure Manual

An updated FSF Policy and Procedure Manual has been posted to the website HERE. The Table of Contents is linked to the appropriate pages for easy navigation. Updates are mainly housekeeping with the exception of: 2.2.3.4.3.1.2.—Applicants for the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award (EFSA) must now be either a Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate; non-members are no longer […]


Forensic Nursing Science Section News

Source: Joyce P. Williams, DNP, Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair Awards are an integral part of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The Forensic Nursing Science Section will offer two award opportunities this year—the Forensic Nursing Scientist Award and the Virginia Lynch Forensic Nurse Innovator Award. We are accepting nominations for these two awards: […]



Section News

Forensic Nursing Science Section News

Source: Joyce P. Williams, DNP, Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair Awards are an integral part of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The Forensic Nursing Science Section will offer two award opportunities this year—the Forensic Nursing Scientist Award and the Virginia Lynch Forensic Nurse Innovator Award. We are accepting nominations for these two awards: […]


General Section Call for Award Nominations

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, General Section Secretary The General Section is accepting nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2023 AAFS conference. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair, Claire Shepard, at claire_e_shepard@yahoo.com by August 15, 2022. For a list […]


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

Abstract Submission Deadline—Monday, August 1!

Source: Trey Weaver, Meetings Manager Don’t miss out on your chance to present at the AAFS 75th Anniversary Conference taking place February 13–18, 2023, in Orlando! Nearly 4,000 forensic professionals will be in attendance, looking for recent, impactful content they can take back home and put into practice. If you have been considering showcasing your […]


Donate to the FSF Silent Auction

Source: Trey Weaver, Meetings Manager The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Annual Silent Auction will return during the AAFS Annual Conference, supporting the FSF Endowment Fund. Each year, the FSF offers an exciting opportunity to take home unique and incredible items, while raising funds to support research and educational grants for the forensic community. The FSF […]


President's Messages

Presidential Spotlight—AAFS IEOP Summary

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) delegation to Croatia returned Sunday after a week of collaboration with our forensic science counterparts and touring the beautiful cities of Zagreb and Dubrovnik. Professor Dragan Primorac was our host during this extraordinary visit. Dragan is a long-time member of […]


Presidential Spotlight—May 2022

Source: Laura Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The months are speeding by, and it is time again to start thinking about the annual conference. We will celebrate our 75th Anniversary next February! I am working with the Board of Directors and the Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee to make this an exciting meeting filled with […]


AAFS News

Professional Affiliate Applications Coming Soon!

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President Professional Affiliate applications are coming soon! The AAFS Staff is hard at work developing the final version. For more information about this status, the requirements, and a list of FAQs, click HERE. If you are interested in applying for Professional Affiliate status, please email Cheryl Hunter (chunter@aafs.org) […]


Two New Forensic Firearm Examination Standards Added to the OSAC Registry of Approved Standards

Source: Rich Press, Acting Director of Media Relations, National Institute of Standards and Technology The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science has placed two new standards covering firearm and toolmark analysis, the forensic discipline used in the investigation of gun crimes, on its Registry of Approved Standards. This stamp of approval from OSAC, […]


Updated AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual Now Available

An updated AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual has been posted to the website HERE. The Table of Contents is linked to the appropriate pages for easy navigation. The following updates were approved by the 2022–23 Board of Directors: 1.1.4. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Statement—See https://www.aafs.org/article/aafs-board-box-amendment-aafs-deia-statement. 2.1. Classes of Members and Affiliates—Addition of new status “Professional Affiliate.” […]


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—June 17, 2022

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat   AAFS Factsheets on ASB, ASTM, and NFPA Standards Now Available! The AAFS Standards Factsheets provide a concise summary of each standard and facilitate broader understanding, they also highlight the purpose of a standard, why it is needed, and the benefits of adoption. Factsheets are in continuous production and more […]


ASB Newsletter—June 3, 2022

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat AAFS Factsheets on ASB, ASTM, and NFPA Standards Now Available! The AAFS Standards Factsheets provide a concise summary of each standard and facilitate broader understanding, they also highlight the purpose of a standard, why it is needed, and the benefits of adoption. Factsheets are in continuous production and more are […]


YFSF News

2023 YFSF Special Session! Come one, come all!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, Young Forensic Scientists Forum Chair AAFS Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Chair Emily Rue and Co-Chair Paul Yount invite you to the YFSF Special Session at the 75th Anniversary Conference in Orlando, FL. The YFSF theme is Education, Training, and Experiences: The Ingredients to Make Science Work. The overall theme […]


FSF News

Update FSF Policy and Procedure Manual

An updated FSF Policy and Procedure Manual has been posted to the website HERE. The Table of Contents is linked to the appropriate pages for easy navigation. Updates are mainly housekeeping with the exception of: 2.2.3.4.3.1.2.—Applicants for the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award (EFSA) must now be either a Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate; non-members are no longer […]


2022–23 Warren-Young Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Forensic Sciences Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022–23 Warren-Young Scholarships will be shared between two recipients this year. This award is designed to encourage forensic science education at the middle and high school levels and is intended to provide funds to purchase supplies, equipment, or reference materials to support forensic science education in […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC 2022 Accreditation Decisions

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, FEPAC Accreditation Coordinator At a recent meeting held February 19, 2022, the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) concluded its review of programs seeking FEPAC accreditation or reaccreditation during the 2021 cycle. The accreditation decisions are: Alfred State – SUNY College of Technology, Alfred, NY Bachelor of Science in Forensic […]


FEPAC Accepting Accreditation Applications for 2022/2023 Consideration

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, FEPAC Accreditation Coordinator The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is currently accepting applications for forensic science, forensic digital evidence, and crime scene investigations programs for review during the 2022 review cycle. FEPAC’s primary mission is to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation […]