Recent News

ASB Announces New Standards for Public Comment

The public comment period has opened for the following documents (comment periods close August 6, 2018): Re-circulation—ASB Best Practice Recommendation 037, Guidelines for Opinions and Testimony in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition Please visit the Notification of Standard Development and Coordination area of the AAFS Standards Board website to view the comment resolutions from the initial […]


New Forensic Standard in Toxicology From ASB

Source:  Lucy A. Davis, BHS, Chair, ASB Board of Directors The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 017, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology. The standard defines the minimum requirements for establishing measurement traceability in forensic toxicology laboratories. The standard establishes traceability of a measurement to […]


AAFS Fellow Dragan Primorac Awarded With the High State Decoration of the Order of Ante Starcevic

The President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, has presented Dragan Primorac with the high State decoration of the Order of Ante Starčević for his extraordinary achievements in the field of science, education, and politics, as well as for his contributions to the development of the Republic of Croatia. Prof. Primorac is one of […]


General Section Call for Papers

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Chair As summer is finally here, it is time to start putting your abstracts together for the General Section program for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We are excited to review submissions for oral and poster presentations as well as breakfasts and workshop ideas. The General Section […]


General Section Call for Moderators

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Chair For all of those within the General Section who are looking for promotion from Associate Member to Member, we have a great opportunity for you to be part of the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We are looking for Moderators to assist with the Thursday, […]



Section News

General Section Call for Papers

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Chair As summer is finally here, it is time to start putting your abstracts together for the General Section program for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We are excited to review submissions for oral and poster presentations as well as breakfasts and workshop ideas. The General Section […]


General Section Call for Moderators

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Chair For all of those within the General Section who are looking for promotion from Associate Member to Member, we have a great opportunity for you to be part of the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We are looking for Moderators to assist with the Thursday, […]


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—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 […]


President’s Message—March 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President Under the direction of 2017-18 President Betty Layne DesPortes, the 70th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting proved to be both exciting and educational. Let us now look forward to our next meeting in February 2019. I welcome you to what I know will be a tremendous and engaging year […]


AAFS News

AAFS Fellow Dragan Primorac Awarded With the High State Decoration of the Order of Ante Starcevic

The President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, has presented Dragan Primorac with the high State decoration of the Order of Ante Starčević for his extraordinary achievements in the field of science, education, and politics, as well as for his contributions to the development of the Republic of Croatia. Prof. Primorac is one of […]


The Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) Seeks Your Support

Source: Sabra Botch-Jones, MS, MA, HHRRC Laboratory and Analysis Protocols Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (AAFS HHRRC) has seen incredible growth in support since its inauguration at the 2015 AAFS Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. The Center seeks to utilize the assets of the AAFS to promote the […]


General Section Call for Papers

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Chair As summer is finally here, it is time to start putting your abstracts together for the General Section program for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We are excited to review submissions for oral and poster presentations as well as breakfasts and workshop ideas. The General Section […]


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

ASB Announces New Standards for Public Comment

The public comment period has opened for the following documents (comment periods close August 6, 2018): Re-circulation—ASB Best Practice Recommendation 037, Guidelines for Opinions and Testimony in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition Please visit the Notification of Standard Development and Coordination area of the AAFS Standards Board website to view the comment resolutions from the initial […]


New Forensic Standard in Toxicology From ASB

Source:  Lucy A. Davis, BHS, Chair, ASB Board of Directors The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 017, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology. The standard defines the minimum requirements for establishing measurement traceability in forensic toxicology laboratories. The standard establishes traceability of a measurement to […]


YFSF News

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 […]