Section News

Criminalistics Section — Seeking to Fill Non-Voting Member ASB CB Liaison Positions

Source: Karolyn R. Tontarski, MS, Section Chair The Criminalistics Section is seeking volunteers to fill non-voting member AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Consensus Body (CB) positions. We are looking for individuals who will actively participate in the development of standards documents. ASB CB liaison positions the Criminalistics Section is seeking to fill are in the following […]

AAFS Deadline for Application for Membership and Promotion Is October 1

Sources:  Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Secretary, and Rhesa G. Gilliland, MS, Section Membership Committee Chair We have a great program scheduled for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, and we want as many people as possible who are qualified to attend to benefit from the presentations.  Please tell your coworkers and colleagues about […]

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

Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium hosted by NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

Don’t Miss This Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium! Scientific research is being used to strengthen forensic science disciplines and develop new methods and tools for crime laboratories. Learn about the latest findings/developments during the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium (formerly referred to as the NIJ Grantees Meeting). This […]

Interdisciplinary Symposium announces new Keynote Speaker

UPDATE:  AAFS regrets that Howard Schmidt is unable to serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s Interdisciplinary Symposium during the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas.  However, AAFS is delighted to announce that Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Justice, has agreed to deliver the keynote address titled “Strengthening Forensic Science at […]

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 Standards Board (ASB) Update

Source: Brad Wing, MS, Secretariat, AAFS Standards Board As you may know, in 2015 the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) agreed to establish the Academy Standards Board (ASB) for the development of forensic standards when approached by the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). The ASB has been up and operational since the beginning […]

AAFS Fellow Haskell Pitluck Honored at ANZFSS Symposium

Source: Laura L. Liptai, PhD, Engineering Sciences Section Director AAFS Jurisprudence Section Fellow Haskell Pitluck was honored with the “Best Oral Presentation” award at the recent Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) 23rd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences. Congratulations, Judge Pitluck! The presentation, The Status of Bite Mark Evidence in the United […]

AAFS IEOP 2016 — Destination: New Zealand

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development & Accreditation This year’s International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) participants visited New Zealand from September 11-17. New Zealand (or Aotearoa — land of the long white cloud) is one of the most picturesque and historically interesting places on earth.  The travelers were treated to spectacular landscapes, mountain ranges, […]

Staff Corner

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 […]

Improved Search Feature on AAFS Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new “Committees” search feature page on the AAFS website. In addition to up-to-date contact information, you will be able to see any member’s current participation in all AAFS committees. To access this new feature, go to  Let us know if you have any questions by contacting Jeff […]

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


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

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 […]

FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline Fast Approaching

Purpose: The Jan Grant Award 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 Eligibility Requirements: The applicant […]


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 […]

FEPAC Revises Undergraduate Digital Evidence Standards for Public Comment

Over the course of the last two years, FEPAC and a subcommittee comprised of educators and practitioner experts in the field conducted an in depth review of the FEPAC standards as they relate to Digital & Multimedia Forensic Science. The review was initiated as a result of concerns expressed by the computer science community that […]