Recent News

NIJ FY2020 Drugs and Crime Solicitation: Reminder and Notice

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ)’s Drugs and Crime Research Program supports rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for state, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The focus of this research solicitation is narcotics-related criminal investigation, prosecution, intelligence, and […]


Federal Relief Program Options Simplified

Source: Laura Liptai, PhD, Engineering & Applied Sciences Section This article outlines urgent financial resources to improve practice for smaller forensic science practitioners. As you know, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on Friday, March 27, to help the economy recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The provision in the Act […]



Section News

Anthropology Section Call for Papers

Sources: Allysha Winburn, PhD, and  Krista Latham, PhD, Section Program Co-Chairs The Anthropology Section Program Committee is pleased to call for paper, workshop, and symposium submissions for the upcoming 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston, TX. We would also like to invite those interested in serving as abstract reviewers or session moderators to email […]


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

Thank You to AAFS 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting Volunteers

The 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Volunteers were fantastic! Thank you to Local Arrangements Committee Chair Christopher Thompson. The support provided by the volunteers was crucial to the success of the annual meeting. AAFS volunteers come from all over the world to support Staff during events and behind the scenes, from assembling meeting bags to assisting […]


President's Messages

Retirement Announcement—Executive Director Anne Warren

Source: Zeno Geradts, PhD,  AAFS President This message comes with mixed feelings as we announce the upcoming retirement of Executive Director Anne Warren, effective May 29, 2020. Anne joined the Academy staff in 1985 as the Assistant Director. Her tremendous management skills were quickly recognized and in 1990 she assumed the Executive Director position. Under […]


AAFS News

NIJ FY2020 Drugs and Crime Solicitation: Reminder and Notice

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ)’s Drugs and Crime Research Program supports rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for state, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The focus of this research solicitation is narcotics-related criminal investigation, prosecution, intelligence, and […]


Federal Relief Program Options Simplified

Source: Laura Liptai, PhD, Engineering & Applied Sciences Section This article outlines urgent financial resources to improve practice for smaller forensic science practitioners. As you know, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on Friday, March 27, to help the economy recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The provision in the Act […]


A Word of Thanks From the Forensic Sciences Foundation

Thank you to all who donated items to the auction and those who participated in the vigorous bidding.  The 2020 auction proceeds ($4,840) benefit the Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc., Endowment Fund, which supports FSF Research Grant Programs. The Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc., would like to thank and acknowledge those who generously donated items to the […]


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

A New Forensic Dogs and Sensors Standard From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 088, General Guidelines for Training, Certification, and Documentation of Canine Detection Disciplines, First Edition, 2020. This standard is produced through ASB’s Dogs and Sensors Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American National Standards […]


ASB Documents Open for Public Comment

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The Academy Standards Board (ASB) encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The following documents are available for Public Comment: ASB Standard 024, Crime Scene/Death Investigation—Dogs and Sensors, Pre-Scented Canines—Location Check, First Edition (Comment Deadline, March 16, 2020) ASB Standard 026, Crime Scene/Death Investigation—Dogs and Sensors, […]


YFSF News

REMINDER: YFSF Attendees—Bring Your Own Slides With You!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair This is a reminder that if you want to submit a presentation to the YFSF portion of the Bring Your Own Slides session, don’t forget your slides. Submission requirements can be found HERE, and forms will also be provided at registration in your packet. Submissions will be reviewed […]


YFSF Is Celebrating 25 Years!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair Hello YFSF Attendees! Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee Chair Zain Bhaloo and the committee members—Catherine Brown, Brittany Beyers, Hannah Simmons, and Amber Smith—would like to cordially and personally invite you to the YFSF Special Session Networking Break on Tuesday, February 18, to enjoy some cake and stimulating […]


FSF News

2020-21 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 […]


2020-21 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize: October 15 Deadline

Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2021 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston, TX. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC 2020 Accreditation Decision

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At a meeting held January 24, 2020, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) conducted reviews of forensic science programs that applied for accreditation during the 2019 review cycle. The summary of accreditation actions taken by FEPAC are available online through the FEPAC website at […]


FEPAC Accepting Accreditation Applications for 2020/2021 Consideration

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is currently accepting applications for forensic science and forensic digital evidence programs for review during the 2020 review cycle. FEPAC’s primary mission is to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation and […]