Recent News

Did You Miss the Humanitarian and Human Rights Virtual Poster Session at AAFS?

Sources: Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, HHRRC Chair, and Jeri D. Roper-Miller, PhD, AAFS Past President and FTCoE Project Director This past February, the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted a virtual Humanitarian and Human Rights Poster and Networking Session at […]


Odontology Abstracts for 2022

Source: Denise C. Murmann, DDS, Odontology Section Program Chair Happy June! Just a note to encourage all of you to think about abstracts for presentations or poster sessions for the AAFS Annual Conference, February 21-26, 2022 in Seattle, WA. Click HERE for abstract submission guidelines. If you are also interested in expanding your education, there are two ABFO […]



Section News

Odontology Abstracts for 2022

Source: Denise C. Murmann, DDS, Odontology Section Program Chair Happy June! Just a note to encourage all of you to think about abstracts for presentations or poster sessions for the AAFS Annual Conference, February 21-26, 2022 in Seattle, WA. Click HERE for abstract submission guidelines. If you are also interested in expanding your education, there are two ABFO […]


Toxicology Section Call for Nominations

Sources: Sabra Botch-Jones, MS, MA, Toxicology Section Chair and Tate Yeatman,  MS, Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarship 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, 2021. The […]


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

AAFS Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 74th AAFS Annual Scientific Conference to be held February 21-26, 2022, in Seattle, WA. The theme for the upcoming meeting is A Responsive Academy—Meeting and Surpassing the Challenges of a Modern Forensic Science World. The deadline for abstract submission is September 1. Presenting authors of abstracts who are selected for […]


AAFS Abstract Submission System Update

Source: Kathy Howard, AAFS Communications Manager The AAFS is implementing a new Abstract Submission System that will go live Monday, June 14. The new process will change the way we collect, manage, and review abstracts. We are confident the new system will be more user-friendly and require less time to complete a submission. We are […]


President's Messages

President’s Spotlight—Presenting the Exciting New AAFS Logo

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President As promised in my address at our annual meeting, we have begun the process of finalizing some of the changes we feel are needed within the organization. One of those is the redesign of our logo! Although the current logo has served us well for many years, […]


President’s Spotlight—April 2021

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President During the year, we will present monthly presidential spotlights for each section to highlight the latest significant research or improvements within its discipline(s). 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 of innovative […]


AAFS News

Did You Miss the Humanitarian and Human Rights Virtual Poster Session at AAFS?

Sources: Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, HHRRC Chair, and Jeri D. Roper-Miller, PhD, AAFS Past President and FTCoE Project Director This past February, the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted a virtual Humanitarian and Human Rights Poster and Networking Session at […]


NIST Publishes Review of DNA Mixture Interpretation Methods

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published DNA Mixture Interpretation: A Scientific Foundation Review. This draft report, which will be open for public comment for 60 days before being published in final form, reviews the methods that forensic laboratories use to interpret evidence containing a mixture of […]


Handwriting Examiners in the Digital Age

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST People are writing more than ever with their keyboards and phones, but handwritten notes have become rare. Even signatures are going out of style. Most credit card purchases no longer require them, and if they do, you can usually just scratch one out with your fingernail. The age-old […]


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—June 11, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat AAFS and ASB Webinar! There is still time to register for this 1-hour educational webinar, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology, will spotlight the American National Standard on measurement traceability in the field of forensic toxicology. The webinar will include: an introduction of Academy Standards Board (ASB) and […]


ASB Newsletter—June 4, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat AAFS and ASB Webinar! This 1-hour educational webinar, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology, will spotlight the American National Standard on measurement traceability in the field of forensic toxicology. The webinar will include: an introduction of Academy Standards Board (ASB) and the Standards Development Organization (SDO) process; why […]


YFSF News

FSF News

2021-22 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 […]


2021-22 FSF Field and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Purpose: The 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. Submission Requirements: The following criteria will be considered in evaluating proposals […]


FEPAC News

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 […]


FEPAC Calls for Comments on Proposed Crime Scene Investigation Standards

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator 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 Crime Scene Investigation. Background: Based on surveys conducted over the past several years, FEPAC has developed a set of standards […]