Recent News

ASB Newsletter—October 30, 2020

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: ASB Standard 127, Standard for the Preservation and Examination of Charred Documents, First Edition (Comment deadline: December 14, 2020) ASB Standard […]


ASB Newsletter—October 23, 2020

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The following documents are available for Public Comment: ASB Best Practice Recommendation 008, Mass Fatality Scene Processing: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority, First Edition (Comment deadline: […]


Get Your JFS App!

Source: Brenda K. Peat, JFS Managing Editor To provide a new reading experience, and to enable AAFS Members to keep up-to-date with the most important developments in their areas of expertise, the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) editorial team developed a JFS App. If you haven’t yet downloaded your JFS App, here are reasons to […]


The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research Assistantship Program, 2021-2022 Webinar

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice Join an NIJ-hosted webinar on November 11, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. ET in which we’ll discuss the 2021-2022 program. The NIJ is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications are due December 23, 2020. The NIJ Research Assistantship Program (RAP) offers highly qualified doctoral students […]



Section News

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

2021 Virtual AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Update and Abstract Deadline Extension

Source: AAFS Board of Directors and Staff The AAFS Board of Directors and staff have been working diligently for months to ensure the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting will be conducted. To date, we have confirmed a 100% virtual format, selected a virtual events platform provider (vFairs), confirmed pre-registration fees, and formatted a schedule that will […]


September 30 Abstract Submission Deadline Is Approaching!

Source: Sonya Bynoe, AAFS Assistant Meetings Manager You are invited to submit an abstract for presentation at the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The annual meeting will be held virtually, February 15-19, 2021. The theme for the upcoming meeting is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The […]


President's Messages

President’s Spotlight—AAFS Membership Survey Results and Proposed Courses of Action

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President, and Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, AAFS Vice President and Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee Chair More than 1,500 individual (23%) members participated in the recent survey. The Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee thanks those of you who took time out to provide thoughtful responses and comments. The extensive […]


President’s Message—Did You Miss the HHRRC Poster and Networking Session at AAFS?

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President and FTCoE Project Director and Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, HHRRC Chair This past February at the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted the Inaugural […]


AAFS News

Get Your JFS App!

Source: Brenda K. Peat, JFS Managing Editor To provide a new reading experience, and to enable AAFS Members to keep up-to-date with the most important developments in their areas of expertise, the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) editorial team developed a JFS App. If you haven’t yet downloaded your JFS App, here are reasons to […]


The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Research Assistantship Program, 2021-2022 Webinar

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice Join an NIJ-hosted webinar on November 11, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. ET in which we’ll discuss the 2021-2022 program. The NIJ is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applications are due December 23, 2020. The NIJ Research Assistantship Program (RAP) offers highly qualified doctoral students […]


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Launches an Updated Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST Changes to the OSAC’s structure include the addition of a new Scientific Area Committee (SAC) for forensic medicine and the separation of the chemistry SAC into two SACs, each focused on a different aspect of forensic chemistry. Closely related subcommittees have been combined, reducing their number from 25 […]


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—October 30, 2020

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: ASB Standard 127, Standard for the Preservation and Examination of Charred Documents, First Edition (Comment deadline: December 14, 2020) ASB Standard […]


ASB Newsletter—October 23, 2020

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The following documents are available for Public Comment: ASB Best Practice Recommendation 008, Mass Fatality Scene Processing: Best Practice Recommendations for the Medicolegal Authority, First Edition (Comment deadline: […]


YFSF News

YFSF Poster Deadline: November 1! Submit Now!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee is still accepting abstracts for its virtual Poster Sessions during the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting! The submission deadline is November 1! REMINDER: You must log into the AAFS portal (create an account if you have not already done so); on the […]


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 […]


FSF News

2020-21 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize Update

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, AAFS Assistant Director With the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting being converted to a digital format, the 2020-21 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize will not proceed as previously announced. However, the FSF Board of Trustees has agreed to increase the funding for the 2020-21 FSF Student Affiliate Scholarships, which […]


FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Competition

To nurture a productive dialogue between emerging judicial and forensic standards of reliability and validity, the Forensic Sciences Foundation is pleased to offer the 22nd Annual Emerging Forensic Scientist Award. The award will be presented to the author of the best paper on any topic focusing on the reliability and validity of techniques, processes, or methods in […]


FEPAC News

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 […]


FEPAC Selects New Commissioners

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At a recent meeting, three new Commissioners were selected to serve on the AAFS Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Thomas A. Brettell will be replacing Dwight E. Adams and Josh Brunty will be replacing Jeffrey K. Tomberlin as Academician Commissioners while Lynn A. Schneewies will be replacing Pamela […]