Recent News

2022–23 FSF Field and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, Assistant Director Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Kenneth S. Field Grants (up to $1,500) and the Douglas M. Lucas Grants ($1,501–$6,000) are intended to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The […]


Committee Corner—Academy Standards Board (ASB) Update

Source: Julie Howe, MBA, ASB Chair Justice and equality are hallmarks of the AAFS. One of the overarching objectives stated in the AAFS Bylaws is to elevate the standards of forensic science. The ASB remains a crucial component of this effort by creating consensus-based standards that establish criteria of minimally accepted requirements to improve practice, […]


ASB Newsletter—May 13, 2022

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat Join ANSI and the ASB in celebrating World Standards Week! The work of the ASB is being highlighted for it’s international impact on the Forensics Community! ANSI Spring 2022 Legal Issues Forum: Forensic Standards and Conformity Assessment As part of its spring 2022 World Standards Week (WSW) series of events, […]


2022 International Focus on Physical Evidence and the Corpse Conference

Source: Laura Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President This past week, I traveled to Foggia, Italy, at the invitation of Dr. Luigi Cipolloni, Director of the Forensic Science and Pathology Department, and Prof. Donatella Curtotti, Director of the Faculty of Law from the University of Foggia. I attended the conference “Successful Strategies for Crime Scene Investigation” […]



Section News

In Memoriam—Richard A. Weems

Richard A. Weems, DMD, MS, D-ABFO, a native of Birmingham, AL, passed away on March 4, 2022. He received his dental degree from the School of Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), in 1977. He served for two years as a dental officer in the United States Army at Fort Jackson, SC, practiced general […]


Toxicology Section Call for Nominations

Source: Tate Yeatman, MS, Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarships Committee Chair The Toxicology Section’s awards and scholarships offer an enviable way to recognize the achievements and contributions of our distinguished colleagues and promising students. Nominations and all accompanying supporting information are due on August 1, 2022. The Alexander O. Gettler Award—Analytical Achievement in Forensic Toxicology […]


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

FSF Silent Action Is Now Open!

The Forensic Science Foundation’s (FSF) Annual Silent Auction is now open, and you’re invited to join! We’ve moved the auction online through our partner, 32Auctions, to give all of our AAFS community the opportunity to bid on incredible prizes and support the important work of FSF. From now through 5:00 p.m. PST on February 24, […]


Countdown to the AAFS Annual Conference!

Source: Donna M. Grogan, AAFS Executive Director We are excited to welcome the more than 3,000 attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and volunteers to the 2022 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Conference in Seattle, WA. With nearly 1,000 workshops, special sessions, breakfasts, luncheons, and poster sessions that will be presented in person and virtually, […]


President's Messages

2022 International Focus on Physical Evidence and the Corpse Conference

Source: Laura Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President This past week, I traveled to Foggia, Italy, at the invitation of Dr. Luigi Cipolloni, Director of the Forensic Science and Pathology Department, and Prof. Donatella Curtotti, Director of the Faculty of Law from the University of Foggia. I attended the conference “Successful Strategies for Crime Scene Investigation” […]


AAFS News

2022–23 FSF Field and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, Assistant Director Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Kenneth S. Field Grants (up to $1,500) and the Douglas M. Lucas Grants ($1,501–$6,000) are intended to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The […]


Committee Corner—Academy Standards Board (ASB) Update

Source: Julie Howe, MBA, ASB Chair Justice and equality are hallmarks of the AAFS. One of the overarching objectives stated in the AAFS Bylaws is to elevate the standards of forensic science. The ASB remains a crucial component of this effort by creating consensus-based standards that establish criteria of minimally accepted requirements to improve practice, […]


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—May 13, 2022

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat Join ANSI and the ASB in celebrating World Standards Week! The work of the ASB is being highlighted for it’s international impact on the Forensics Community! ANSI Spring 2022 Legal Issues Forum: Forensic Standards and Conformity Assessment As part of its spring 2022 World Standards Week (WSW) series of events, […]


YFSF News

Updates From the Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF)

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair We hope you are all as excited as we are about the upcoming AAFS annual conference! We look forward to a great session this year and a great conference. Here are a few reminders: The YFSF Special Session is going to be live-streamed! This means if you are logged in […]


Reminder: YFSF Poster Submission Deadline Is November 1!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair It is exciting times as we prepare for the 2022 AAFS Annual Scientific Conference. The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Sessions line up is pretty well finalized and you will not be disappointed! Your Special Sessions Committee worked very hard to line up some spectacular speakers! Also, don’t forget—the […]


FSF News

2022–23 Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Warren-Young Scholarship: May 1 Deadline

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, Assistant Director Purpose: This award is designed to encourage forensic science education at the middle and high school level and is intended to provide funds to purchase supplies, equipment, or reference materials to support forensic science education in teaching basic scientific principles. Applications will be judged based on how the funds will further […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation 2021-22 Student Affiliate Scholarship Winners

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce the winners of the “FSF Student Affiliate Scholarship.” The Student Affiliate Scholarship program is designed to assist students with the AAFS Annual Meeting registration. Zachary Andrews, General; Keith Biddle, MA, Anthropology; Helen Brandr-Litavec, MS, Anthropology; Stephanie Cole, MS, Anthropology; Ema Graham, MS, Criminalistics; Evin Hessel, BS, […]


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 […]