Recent News

Attorney General Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division Wins FTC’s Partner Award for Outstanding Collaborative Work

  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Consumer Protection Division of his office was awarded the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Partner Award in recognition of outstanding work to combat fraud and deception in the marketplace. Jurisprudence Section Fellow Paul Singer serves as the Division Chief and accepted the award on its behalf. “We are […]


Advance Program Go Green Initiative

The publishing deadline for the AAFS 2018 Advance Program is fast approaching. Before we go to print, we would like you to consider whether or not you prefer a hard copy of the publication to be mailed to you. All program information will be available on the AAFS website the first week of November at […]


AAAS Multiorganization Letter on Immigration

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The AAFS has joined 85 other scientific organizations in signing a multisociety letter drafted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in which concerns are expressed with the recent proclamation issued by the White House on immigration and visas that further articulates extreme vetting […]


Pathology/Biology — October 2017

Source:  David O. Carter, PhD, Section Secretary The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) seeks Forensic Specialists for several positions worldwide beginning in 2018. Evolve your career with the ICRC Forensic Team to help shape forensic programs and infrastructures in countries affected by armed conflict, other situations of violence, and disasters. The ICRC offers […]


Criminalistics, Seattle, Coffee, and Science — They All Matter

Source:  Noelle J. Umback, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair The theme of the 2018 AAFS meeting is Science Matters. The general public often believes that when something scientific is reported, it has become fact. However, we know that change is at the heart of the Scientific Method. Experimentation may answer some questions about a particular biological […]



Section News

Pathology/Biology — October 2017

Source:  David O. Carter, PhD, Section Secretary The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) seeks Forensic Specialists for several positions worldwide beginning in 2018. Evolve your career with the ICRC Forensic Team to help shape forensic programs and infrastructures in countries affected by armed conflict, other situations of violence, and disasters. The ICRC offers […]


Criminalistics, Seattle, Coffee, and Science — They All Matter

Source:  Noelle J. Umback, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair The theme of the 2018 AAFS meeting is Science Matters. The general public often believes that when something scientific is reported, it has become fact. However, we know that change is at the heart of the Scientific Method. Experimentation may answer some questions about a particular biological […]


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

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 […]


AAFS Fellow Randy Hanzlick Appointed to the NCFS

The Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the appointment of Randy Hanzlick, MD (AAFS Fellow, Pathology/Biology Section), to the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS).  Dr. Hanzlick also accepted the invitation to serve as the NCFS Medicolegal Death Investigation subcommittee co-chair alongside NCFS Commissioner John […]


President's Messages

President’s Message — September 2017

  Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Scientific evidence is a powerful tool in the search for the truth and the pursuit of justice. As forensic scientists, we have a duty to ensure our results and opinions are valid and reliable. Standards and best practice guidelines provide the foundation for our work and […]


President’s Message – August 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The week of August 21-25, 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The opening ceremony highlighted the global span of the 1,440 delegates from 86 countries and 6 continents. IAFS President Michael Pollanen […]


AAFS News

Attorney General Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division Wins FTC’s Partner Award for Outstanding Collaborative Work

  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Consumer Protection Division of his office was awarded the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Partner Award in recognition of outstanding work to combat fraud and deception in the marketplace. Jurisprudence Section Fellow Paul Singer serves as the Division Chief and accepted the award on its behalf. “We are […]


Advance Program Go Green Initiative

The publishing deadline for the AAFS 2018 Advance Program is fast approaching. Before we go to print, we would like you to consider whether or not you prefer a hard copy of the publication to be mailed to you. All program information will be available on the AAFS website the first week of November at […]


AAAS Multiorganization Letter on Immigration

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The AAFS has joined 85 other scientific organizations in signing a multisociety letter drafted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in which concerns are expressed with the recent proclamation issued by the White House on immigration and visas that further articulates extreme vetting […]


Staff Corner

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

Consensus in the Standards World

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison Officer Not all standards are developed in a process that requires consensus, balance, openness, and due process. For example, industry standards, consortia standards, and regulatory standards are developed through their own unique documented procedures and are incredibly useful for their intended purposes. However, in the larger United States and […]


Announcement: Comment Period Open for Two ASB Documents

Announcement: The public comment period has opened for ASB Best Practice Recommendation 021, Best Practices for the Preparation of Test Impressions from Footwear and Tires, First Edition (Comment period closes Monday, October 23, 2017). A reminder that the public comment period is also open for ASB Technical Report 025, Crime Scene/Death Investigation – Dogs and […]


YFSF News

Wake Up to Professional Development … and Bacon!

Source:  Brittany N. Beyer, MS, YFSF Secretary An exciting change is coming to the 2018 Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Breakfast Session in Seattle, WA. In years past, the YFSF Breakfast Session has only been open to those who register and attend the Forum as a whole. This year, the Breakfast Session will become part […]


Research in Science: How Young Scientists Can Shape a Better Future

Source:  Brittany N. Beyer, MS, YFSF Secretary The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Committee hopes everyone is gearing up for another great AAFS annual meeting in February. The YFSF Special Session will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in Seattle, WA. Our theme this year is Research in Science:  How Young Scientists […]


FSF News

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

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2018 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a wonderful […]


2017 FSF International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship Recipient Announced!

Source: Lucy A. Davis, BHS, Chair, FSF International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship Committee The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the 2017 recipient of the FSF IAFS Scholarship–Gulnaz T. Javan, PhD.  Dr. Javan, Member of the AAFS General Section, is an Assistant Professor of Forensic Science at the Alabama State University. […]


FEPAC News

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 […]


FEPAC Proposes Forensic Investigation Standards – Call for Comments

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 forensic investigation and related areas. Background: FEPAC has recently been discussing the possibility of expanding the scope of its accreditation activities to areas other than classic forensic science/criminalistics. A […]