Recent 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 […]


New OSAC Publication on Digital/Multimedia Evidence

Source:  Lucy A. Davis, BHS, AAFS OSAC Representative The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) Committees are tasked to provide information to forensic communities on current issues related to the various forensic disciplines. Below is notification of a recent OSAC publication regarding Digital/Multimedia Evidence. Academy members and anyone interested in the relationship […]


The ABCs of ASB

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison Over 60 individuals from a wide range of forensic backgrounds participated in a one-hour, online presentation about the Academy Standards Board given by ASB Secretariat, Teresa Ambrosius, along with the ASB Communications Liaison, Mary McKiel. The presentation covered the basics about the formation and purpose of the ASB, […]


President’s Message — January 2018

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The pre-registration deadline for the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Seattle, WA, is January 24. Please register today; workshops and special sessions are filling up quickly. The theme for the Seattle meeting is “Science Matters,” and the focus will be […]


American Board of Criminalistics Is Seeking Subject Matter Experts

The American Board of Criminalistics is looking for forensic examiners in all disciplines! This is an opportunity to be a volunteer subject matter expert for creating a new occupational analysis in efforts to redevelop the General Forensic Examination. If you are interested, please click HERE for more information.


Last Call for FSF Silent Auction Donations

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) conducts a Silent Auction at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. The FSF depends on donations from members, meeting attendees, and exhibitors for a successful auction. Please consider donating an item that would encourage lively bidding (author-signed books, apparel or coffee mugs with your agency logo, or other fun, forensic-related items). […]



Section News

Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Luncheon and Workshops Information

Source:  Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Secretary The 70th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting is only a little more than six weeks away, so please finalize your planning now. As our section has grown, so has the number of excellent abstract submissions for our Scientific Program and Workshops. Please be sure to include Friday, February 23rd in […]


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 Registration will launch during the first week of November. Registration rates are detailed below. Save money by registering before the Pre-Registration Deadline of Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Registration rates increase on Thursday, January 25, 2018, and Special Function registration will no longer be available. AAFS maintains a Frequently Asked Questions page […]


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 — January 2018

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The pre-registration deadline for the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Seattle, WA, is January 24. Please register today; workshops and special sessions are filling up quickly. The theme for the Seattle meeting is “Science Matters,” and the focus will be […]


President’s Message — December 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The Annual Meeting is fast approaching and now is the time to finalize your flight, hotel, and meeting arrangements. Pre-registration offers significant savings so do not miss the pre-registration deadline of January 24, 2018. Workshops and special sessions fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible […]


AAFS News

American Board of Criminalistics Is Seeking Subject Matter Experts

The American Board of Criminalistics is looking for forensic examiners in all disciplines! This is an opportunity to be a volunteer subject matter expert for creating a new occupational analysis in efforts to redevelop the General Forensic Examination. If you are interested, please click HERE for more information.


Last Call for FSF Silent Auction Donations

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) conducts a Silent Auction at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. The FSF depends on donations from members, meeting attendees, and exhibitors for a successful auction. Please consider donating an item that would encourage lively bidding (author-signed books, apparel or coffee mugs with your agency logo, or other fun, forensic-related items). […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences: January 2018 Issue

Journal of Forensic Sciences © American Academy of Forensic Sciences Volume 63, Issue 1 Pages 1 – 349, January 2018 Table of Contents (pages 1–5) Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13646   The AAFS is excited to report that the e-migration of the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) launched with the January 2018 issue, […]


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

New OSAC Publication on Digital/Multimedia Evidence

Source:  Lucy A. Davis, BHS, AAFS OSAC Representative The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) Committees are tasked to provide information to forensic communities on current issues related to the various forensic disciplines. Below is notification of a recent OSAC publication regarding Digital/Multimedia Evidence. Academy members and anyone interested in the relationship […]


The ABCs of ASB

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison Over 60 individuals from a wide range of forensic backgrounds participated in a one-hour, online presentation about the Academy Standards Board given by ASB Secretariat, Teresa Ambrosius, along with the ASB Communications Liaison, Mary McKiel. The presentation covered the basics about the formation and purpose of the ASB, […]


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 […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum

Sources:  Jeremy Manheim, BYOP Chair, Alexandria Anstett, MS, BYOP Co-Chair, Alyssa J. Badgley, MS, BYOS Chair, and Ashley E. Foster, MAS, BYOS Co-Chair All AAFS meeting attendees are invited to the Young Forensic Scientists Forum Bring Your Own Slides (BYOS) and Bring Your Own Poster (BYOP) sessions! The BYOS session is Wednesday, February 21, from […]


FSF News

Forensic Sciences Foundation 2017-18 Student Travel Grant Winners

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce the winners of the “FSF Student Travel Grant Award” essay contest:  Saskia Ammer, MSc, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Kimber G. Cheek, Student Affiliate Applicant/General; Mary E. Cole, MA, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Victoria M. Dominguez, MA, Associate Member/Anthropology; Matthew C. Go, MA, Student Affiliate Applicant/Anthropology; Angela L. Harden, MA, Associate […]


The FSF Needs Your Help With the 2018 $ilent Auction!

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


FEPAC News

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 […]


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 […]