Recent News

ASB Newsletter—January 14, 2022

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat   AAFS 2022 Annual Scientific Conference! Sponsor the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Reception | $2,000 (Multiple available) (contact tambrosius@aafs.org for more information) Sponsor logo on ASB website Sponsor logo on slideshow at the reception Sponsor verbally recognized at the reception Standards Sessions and Presentations at the AAFS 2022 Annual Scientific […]


Donate to the FSF Silent Auction!

The Forensic Sciences Foundation Annual Silent Auction returns 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 is asking all AAFS members to consider […]


Working Through COVID-19

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Vice President The New Jersey Office of Employee and Organization Development (OEOD) created a series of five articles as a resource for those working through COVID-19.  The organization’s goal was to provide the informative materials as an essential role to increase awareness, encourage patience, support individuals, foster empathy, […]


Toxicology Section Officer Nominations

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Nominating Committee The nominating committee consisting of Sherri Kacinko, Nick Tiscione, and Doug Rohde have unanimously agreed to the following 2022 nominations:         Section Chair—Madeleine Swortwood         Section Secretary—Amanda Mohr         Awards and Scholarship Committee—Jennifer Colby We look forward to seeing everyone at the February […]


ASB Newsletter—January 7, 2022

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat   Please note that some links in the newsletter previously sent were not active. They are now fixed.    AAFS 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting Sponsor the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Reception | $2,000 (Multiple available – contact tambrosius@aafs.org for more information) Sponsor logo on ASB website Sponsor logo on signage at the […]


AAFS President’s Editorial Now Available in JFS

Source:  Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences       We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) has published a President’s Editorial submitted by AAFS President Carl R. McClary. The Editorial, Moving into the fast lane–AAFS, JFS, and our modern forensic world, covers the following topics: Our Digital Footprint […]



Section News

Toxicology Section Officer Nominations

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Nominating Committee The nominating committee consisting of Sherri Kacinko, Nick Tiscione, and Doug Rohde have unanimously agreed to the following 2022 nominations:         Section Chair—Madeleine Swortwood         Section Secretary—Amanda Mohr         Awards and Scholarship Committee—Jennifer Colby We look forward to seeing everyone at the February […]


Passing of Dr. Paula Brumit

Source: Robin Ainsworth, DDS, MS, Odontology Section Secretary It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Dr. Paula Brumit passed away last Friday, December 17, 2021. Dr. Brumit’s contributions to forensic odontology were considerable. Dr. Brumit was actively engaged in both the American Board of Forensic Odontology and the American Academy of […]


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

Donate to the FSF Silent Auction!

The Forensic Sciences Foundation Annual Silent Auction returns 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 is asking all AAFS members to consider […]


AAFS Annual Conference Employment Forum and FEPAC University Fair

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences will be hosting its 19th Annual Employment Forum and 10th Annual University Fair during the AAFS 74th Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. Employment Forum—a means for employers and applicants to meet, exchange information, conduct informal interviews, or schedule interviews for later in the week. The Employment Forum will […]


President's Messages

President’s Spotlight—General Section

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, General Section Board Representative During the year, we have been presenting presidential spotlights from the Academy sections to highlight the latest significant research or improvements within its discipline. Examples include cutting-edge technology, standards, or methods that improve the practice. Alternatively, they may show a historical account/timeline of the discipline’s use […]


AAFS News

Working Through COVID-19

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Vice President The New Jersey Office of Employee and Organization Development (OEOD) created a series of five articles as a resource for those working through COVID-19.  The organization’s goal was to provide the informative materials as an essential role to increase awareness, encourage patience, support individuals, foster empathy, […]


AAFS President’s Editorial Now Available in JFS

Source:  Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences       We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) has published a President’s Editorial submitted by AAFS President Carl R. McClary. The Editorial, Moving into the fast lane–AAFS, JFS, and our modern forensic world, covers the following topics: Our Digital Footprint […]


CFSO Forensic SDO Legislation Update

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The long-term goal of any program is to ensure that a federal grant/program is authorized and appropriated. If authorized, then the program/grant will have a better chance of being put into the annual President’s budget submission to Congress each year. An authorization will establish, continue, or modify […]


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—January 14, 2022

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat   AAFS 2022 Annual Scientific Conference! Sponsor the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Reception | $2,000 (Multiple available) (contact tambrosius@aafs.org for more information) Sponsor logo on ASB website Sponsor logo on slideshow at the reception Sponsor verbally recognized at the reception Standards Sessions and Presentations at the AAFS 2022 Annual Scientific […]


ASB Newsletter—January 7, 2022

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat   Please note that some links in the newsletter previously sent were not active. They are now fixed.    AAFS 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting Sponsor the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Reception | $2,000 (Multiple available – contact tambrosius@aafs.org for more information) Sponsor logo on ASB website Sponsor logo on signage at the […]


YFSF News

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 […]


YFSF Special Session Update for Seattle 2022!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair Hello everyone! We hope you are as excited about the upcoming conference as we are! The prospect of finally being able to meet in person is fantastic—we can’t wait for you to see the lineup of speakers we are working on for the 27th Annual Young Forensic Scientists Forum […]


FSF News

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Wants You!

The FSF Board of Trustees has three to five positions to fill in February.  Trustees serve a four-year term and contribute to the health and development of the FSF by serving on a minimum of two FSF subcommittees that promote education, grants, scholarships, and awards. Most AAFS affiliates and members are eligible. Per the FSF […]


2021-22 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Teresa Tiedge has been awarded the 2021-22 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Understanding the Stability of eDNA from Four Biological Taxa and Their Association With Soil and Dust Evidence. The grant consists of $1,850, a plaque, complimentary meeting […]


FEPAC News

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 […]


FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 3.5 Faculty

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a […]