Recent News

Republic of Croatia President Receives Honorary AAFS Membership

Source: Dragan Primorac, MD, PhD, Chair, International Affairs Committee I recently had the pleasure of presenting the Republic of Croatia President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, a Certificate of Honorary Membership in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Some of you met the President during the AAFS International Educational Outreach Program in Croatia on June 14-21, 2015, […]


National Safety Council Presents Marilyn Huestis With the 2018 Robert F. Borkenstein Award

Source: Finoa J. Couper, PhD, Toxicology Section Chair Please join us for dinner as we honor Marilyn A. Huestis, PhD, recipient of the 2018 ADID Robert F. Borkenstein Award, for her outstanding commitment to public safety and her dedication to the work of the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Alcohol, Drugs, and Impairment Division […]



Section News

National Safety Council Presents Marilyn Huestis With the 2018 Robert F. Borkenstein Award

Source: Finoa J. Couper, PhD, Toxicology Section Chair Please join us for dinner as we honor Marilyn A. Huestis, PhD, recipient of the 2018 ADID Robert F. Borkenstein Award, for her outstanding commitment to public safety and her dedication to the work of the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Alcohol, Drugs, and Impairment Division […]


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 The Pre-Registration deadline has passed. All registrations will now be processed at the on-site price. AAFS maintains a Frequently Asked Questions page located here https://www.aafs.org/meetings/faq/. Registration Category On-Site Registration Rate AAFS Members & Trainee Affiliates $450 AAFS Applicants* $450 AAFS Student Affiliates* $125 AAFS Retired Fellows $0 Non-Members $575 Non-Member […]


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 — February 2018

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President For this month’s President’s Message, I would like to run the President’s Editorial article that was published in the January 2018 issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 63, No. 1 There are No Sides in Forensic Science When I became President of the Academy, the first […]


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 […]


AAFS News

Republic of Croatia President Receives Honorary AAFS Membership

Source: Dragan Primorac, MD, PhD, Chair, International Affairs Committee I recently had the pleasure of presenting the Republic of Croatia President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, a Certificate of Honorary Membership in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Some of you met the President during the AAFS International Educational Outreach Program in Croatia on June 14-21, 2015, […]


Synthetic Opioids Epidemic and Forensic Science: A Multidisciplinary Session

The scientific program of the upcoming AAFS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting is definitely not devoid of diverse perspectives focused on the current synthetic opioids mortality crisis in our society. You will not want to miss this multidisciplinary session held on Thursday, February 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., hosted by the Criminalistics Section (Session […]


Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO): A Year in Review

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS Representative, CFSO Board of Directors The mission of the CFSO is to speak with a single forensic science voice in matters of mutual interest to its member organizations, to influence public policy at the national level, and to make a compelling case for greater federal funding for public crime […]


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 […]