Recent News

Six New Wildlife Forensic Standards From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of six first-edition Wildlife Forensics standards. ANSI/ASB Standard 019, Wildlife Forensics General Standards. This document provides minimum standards and recommendations for practicing wildlife forensic analysts. This document covers good laboratory practices, evidence handling, and training, as well as considerations […]


A New Forensic Standard From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 072, Standard for the Validation of Procedures in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition, 2019. This standard is produced through ASB’s Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American National Standards […]


Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following topics were suggested: Young scientist/physician networking for new professionals <10 years practicing Investigating questionable fetal deaths/neonaticide cases with recommendations of current testing/autopsy techniques Workforce issues Synthetic […]


2019–20 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2020–21 officers: Carl R. McClary, BA President-Elect  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Vice President  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD Treasurer  (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD Secretary    (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Susan Ballou (Chair), […]



Section News

Toxicology Section News—May 2019

Source: Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, Section Program Chair The Organization of Scientific Area Communities for Forensic Sciences (OSAC) Toxicology Subcommittee recently released a draft document titled “Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology.” Click here to access the document. This document has been accepted by the Academy Standards Board (ASB) for development as an American […]


Toxicology Section News—Recapping our 71st Annual Meeting in Baltimore

Source: William R. Johnson, BA, Section Chair It is difficult to believe that two months have passed since our incredibly successful 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We extend our sincerest thanks to all of the AAFS Toxicology Section Officers, Chairs, Co-Chairs, Abstract Reviewers, Moderators, and Volunteers for their efforts. We’re also grateful for […]


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

2019 Annual Meeting Highlight Videos Available

Videos from the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore are now available to view. Immediate Past President Susan Ballou’s video highlights important topics from her presidential term with the Academy, and President Zeno Geradts discusses his vision and goals during his 2019-20 term. The 2019 Plenary Session was well attended and included topics from three […]


President's Messages

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 […]


President’s Message—January 2019

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President During my undergraduate studies, one of my professors queried the class with the question: Would you allow ten suspected murderers to be released to ensure an innocent person wouldn’t remain in prison? Due to the passage of time, I cannot emphatically state the question is correctly phrased, but […]


AAFS News

Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following topics were suggested: Young scientist/physician networking for new professionals <10 years practicing Investigating questionable fetal deaths/neonaticide cases with recommendations of current testing/autopsy techniques Workforce issues Synthetic […]


2019–20 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2020–21 officers: Carl R. McClary, BA President-Elect  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Vice President  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD Treasurer  (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD Secretary    (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Susan Ballou (Chair), […]


Staff Corner

2019 Membership Dues Information

2019 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 card. […]


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

Six New Wildlife Forensic Standards From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of six first-edition Wildlife Forensics standards. ANSI/ASB Standard 019, Wildlife Forensics General Standards. This document provides minimum standards and recommendations for practicing wildlife forensic analysts. This document covers good laboratory practices, evidence handling, and training, as well as considerations […]


A New Forensic Standard From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 072, Standard for the Validation of Procedures in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition, 2019. This standard is produced through ASB’s Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American National Standards […]


YFSF News

Remember to Pre-Register for the 2019 YFSF Special Session (No Fee)!

Source:  Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee would like to remind all interested young scientists to pre-register for the YFSF Special Session, taking place on Tuesday, February 19, during the AAFS Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The Special Session is filled with presentations from prominent AAFS members, spanning […]


YFSF Abstract Submission Deadline is November 1!

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is still accepting abstracts for its poster sessions at the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The submission deadline is November 1! New this year—to submit an abstract to YFSF, you must log in to the AAFS portal (create […]


FSF News

20th Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Recipients Announced!

The 20th Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted during the AAFS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The following presenters were selected as the 2019 winners by a panel of judges: Helen M. Brandt, MS – “An Examination of Pelvic Scarring as a Determinant of Sex” (A8/Anthropology) Carrie Polston, BA – “Assessing […]


2019-20 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline

Purpose: The Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant is to provide graduate students with financial assistance to complete their thesis or independent research project as required for a graduate degree in Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. The thesis or research project must be in the field of Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant […]


FEPAC News

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 […]


FEPAC 2019 Accreditation Decisions

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At its 2019 Annual Meeting in February, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) conducted reviews of forensic science programs that had applied for accreditation during the 2018 review cycle. The summary of accreditation actions taken by FEPAC are available online through the FEPAC website at […]