Recent News

ASB Accepting Applications for Openings in the Consensus Bodies

Source: Teresa L. Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB is currently accepting applications for openings in the consensus bodies. In order to maintain a specific balance across interest categories, the ASB is soliciting members only in these interest categories. Click HERE for a detailed description of the Interest Categories. Anthropology: Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing […]


Student and Trainee Affiliates—Annual Eligibility is Now Online!

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Student and Trainee Affiliate, each Student and Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. You may now access your eligibility form online through your AAFS account portal. Please follow the instructions carefully as provided on the eligibility form and in the email […]


ASB Announces New Standards Open for Public Comment

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The public comment period has opened for: ASB Standard 032, Standards for a Bloodstain Pattern Analyst’s Training Program, First Edition (Comment Deadline, September 24, 2018) ASB Standard 046, Wildlife Forensics Validation Standards—STR Analysis, First Edition (Comment Deadline, September 24, 2018) ASB Standard 047, Wildlife Forensics Validation Standard—Validating New Primers for Sequencing, First […]


Membership Survey for Content Digitization Project

Source: Carl R. McClary, BA, Content Digitization Committee Chair The Academy survey on the proposed project to capture some of our meeting content digitally has been sent. Your participation is appreciated! Please be aware that the survey will be delivered via an email from SurveyGizmo™ and not directly from the Academy. Should you not receive […]


National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Publishes Resource Webpage for the Medical Examiner and Coroner Community

The National Institute of Justice, a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), announced a new resource for medical examiners, coroners, and death investigators. A product of a Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services working group launched in March 2018, the resource page serves as a single […]


General Section News—August 2018

Source:  Steven C. Clark, PhD, Section Secretary The August 1 deadline for 2019 abstract submissions has passed and Program Chair Gina Londino and Co-Chair Brian Janysek are busy with the review process and building an excellent program! Thanks to all that submitted abstracts this year. The General Section Nominating Committee, consisting of Julie Howe, David Zeliff, […]



Section News

Get Involved and Ready for Baltimore—Abstract Submissions Due

Source: Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Chair As a reminder, the deadline for abstract submissions is THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, August 1. Make sure to get your submissions in on time. If you have questions, please contact the Program Chair, Robert Sanger, at rsanger@sangerswysen.com or the Co-Chair, Virginia Barron, at ginny.barron@pubdef.state.mn.us. They can also help point […]


Digital & Multimedia Section Mid-Year Update and Abstract Submission Reminder

Source: Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Chair The AAFS annual meeting in Seattle was a great success. Our workshops and scientific sessions were well attended and received excellent reviews. Special thanks to Program Chair Mary Horvath and Co-Chair Douglas White, as well as to all members of the Program Committee for their time and efforts […]


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

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—July 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President In Havana, Cuba, in 1947, “the father of forensic pathology,” Dr. Rutherford B.H. Gradwohl, met with Dr. Israel Castellanos, the Director of the Cuban National Identification Office. They met to plan the first meeting of the Pan-American Medical-Legal Congress, which convened in St. Louis, MO, in 1948. Later […]


President’s Message—May 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President In 1992, a 23-year-old woman disappeared from her home. A recent graduate of Harvard University who aspired to working in the corporate world, she inexplicably failed to show up at work one day. While her family members tried to find her, police searched the area around her home […]


AAFS News

Student and Trainee Affiliates—Annual Eligibility is Now Online!

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Student and Trainee Affiliate, each Student and Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. You may now access your eligibility form online through your AAFS account portal. Please follow the instructions carefully as provided on the eligibility form and in the email […]


Membership Survey for Content Digitization Project

Source: Carl R. McClary, BA, Content Digitization Committee Chair The Academy survey on the proposed project to capture some of our meeting content digitally has been sent. Your participation is appreciated! Please be aware that the survey will be delivered via an email from SurveyGizmo™ and not directly from the Academy. Should you not receive […]


National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Publishes Resource Webpage for the Medical Examiner and Coroner Community

The National Institute of Justice, a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), announced a new resource for medical examiners, coroners, and death investigators. A product of a Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services working group launched in March 2018, the resource page serves as a single […]


Staff Corner

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 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 […]


AAFS Standards Board

ASB Accepting Applications for Openings in the Consensus Bodies

Source: Teresa L. Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB is currently accepting applications for openings in the consensus bodies. In order to maintain a specific balance across interest categories, the ASB is soliciting members only in these interest categories. Click HERE for a detailed description of the Interest Categories. Anthropology: Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing […]


ASB Announces New Standards Open for Public Comment

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The public comment period has opened for: ASB Standard 032, Standards for a Bloodstain Pattern Analyst’s Training Program, First Edition (Comment Deadline, September 24, 2018) ASB Standard 046, Wildlife Forensics Validation Standards—STR Analysis, First Edition (Comment Deadline, September 24, 2018) ASB Standard 047, Wildlife Forensics Validation Standard—Validating New Primers for Sequencing, First […]


YFSF News

New YFSF Submission Deadlines and Special Session Update

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair As part of the redesigned Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF), our committee is excited to update you regarding our upcoming activities and submission deadlines: Poster Session: The YFSF Poster Session will now take place within the AAFS multidisciplinary poster sessions occurring Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the […]


YFSF Survey Responses Wanted

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair We are excited to announce that the Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is undergoing organizational and structural changes to better the forum for both its committee members and the attendees of its sessions. The first major change involves the committee being reduced to five members. Alex Krotulski […]


FSF News

2018-19 FSF Acorn and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Acorn Grants (up to $1,500) and 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 […]


2018-19 FSF Warren-Young Scholarship: May 1 Deadline

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 the goals of the […]


FEPAC News

2018 FEPAC Accreditation Decisions

At its February 2018 Annual Meeting, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) conducted reviews of forensic science programs that had applied for accreditation during the 2016 review cycle. The summary of accreditation actions taken by FEPAC are available online through the FEPAC website http://fepac-edu.org. The document, FEPAC 2018 Accreditation Decisions, is available under […]


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 […]