Recent News

Webinar Announcement — NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY2017 Solicitation

Source:  Linda Truitt, PhD, National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice Wednesday, February 22, at 1:00 p.m. Webinar Registration:  https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5ce1742686e9f8529ac2cd443646c54e This funding opportunity seeks proposals to conduct applied research that examines criminal justice tools, protocols, and policies concerning drug trafficking, markets, and use applicable to state, tribal, and local jurisdictions. Applications must address one […]


DMS at the Academy Cup and DMS Luncheon Update

Source: Marla E. Carroll, BS, DMS Section Secretary The competition for the AAFS 2017 Academy Cup trophy is Wednesday, February 15, at 8:00 a.m. in the Empire Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans (Level Two). ALL Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section (DMS)  members are welcome and encouraged to attend! We (really, really) need your participation in this […]


Please Join the Anthropology Academy Cup Crew

Source: Kate Spradley, PhD, Section Secretary Hello all, I’m sure we are all busy getting ready for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting next week in New Orleans.  We still need participants for the Academy Cup trivia contest held on Wednesday morning, February 15, at 8:00. Last year we won!  Let’s shoot for another win. If you […]



Section News

DMS at the Academy Cup and DMS Luncheon Update

Source: Marla E. Carroll, BS, DMS Section Secretary The competition for the AAFS 2017 Academy Cup trophy is Wednesday, February 15, at 8:00 a.m. in the Empire Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans (Level Two). ALL Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section (DMS)  members are welcome and encouraged to attend! We (really, really) need your participation in this […]


Please Join the Anthropology Academy Cup Crew

Source: Kate Spradley, PhD, Section Secretary Hello all, I’m sure we are all busy getting ready for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting next week in New Orleans.  We still need participants for the Academy Cup trivia contest held on Wednesday morning, February 15, at 8:00. Last year we won!  Let’s shoot for another win. If you […]


AAFS Policy Statements

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization with a major objective of improving practice within the field of forensic science. The organization recognizes the need for improvement, where needed, and view the findings in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report as notice of needed validation and […]


Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science

Last Chance to Pre-Register!

Source: Tracie McCray, AAFS Accounting Assistant The AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting Pre-Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 18.  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 January 18 will be processed at the on-site registration rates and no […]


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 — October 2016

Source: John E. Gerns, MFS, 2016-17 President As summer comes to an end and fall begins knocking on our door, I have just returned from a part of the world where spring is beginning — I am speaking of New Zealand. This year, the AAFS International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) took place in New Zealand, also […]


AAFS News

Webinar Announcement — NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY2017 Solicitation

Source:  Linda Truitt, PhD, National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice Wednesday, February 22, at 1:00 p.m. Webinar Registration:  https://ojp.webex.com/ojp/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5ce1742686e9f8529ac2cd443646c54e This funding opportunity seeks proposals to conduct applied research that examines criminal justice tools, protocols, and policies concerning drug trafficking, markets, and use applicable to state, tribal, and local jurisdictions. Applications must address one […]


Attention All Criminalistics II Session Attendees!

Source:  Kristy Kadash, Section Program Chair Hello to everyone who is planning on attending the 2017 AAFS Criminalistics II sessions at the Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans.  Have you ever wondered whether it’s more appropriate to search more loci or a larger haplotype database to get a Y-chromosomal Short Tandem Repeat (Y-STR) statistic?  Want to […]


Jurisprudence Section Luncheon

Sources: Stephanie Domitrovich, JD, PhD, Section Chair, and Pamela King, JD, Section Secretary Hello, everyone! We hope you signed up for our Jurisprudence Section luncheon. Our speaker is Professor Hal Stern, who is one of the principal investigators in the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), a National Institute of Standards and Technology […]


Staff Corner

2017 Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

Source: Tracie McCray, AAFS Accounting Assistant Registration is now available for the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. The online registration system requires payment with a credit or debit card. If you need to pay using another method (i.e., purchase order or check), please use the .pdf registration form found here: https://www.aafs.org/meetings/registration-information/. Please contact Tracie McCray […]


AAFS Meetings Accommodations UPDATE

This article is out of date, please see: Important Hyatt Regency Accommodations Reservation Information or the AAFS Accommodations page for the most recent information. The NBA has announced it will move its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC.  New Orleans has been proposed as an alternative, with the game day proposed as Sunday, February 19, 2017.  The move […]


AAFS Standards Board

Public Comment Period Opened for AAFS Standards Board Toxicology Standard

Source:  Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Technical Coordinator The public comment period has opened for ASB Standard 017, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology. (Posted on January 10; comment period closes February 24.) This Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology was developed to provide guidance on minimum requirements for establishing measurement traceability in Forensic Toxicology […]


Why Do We Need an SDO if We Have the OSAC?

Bradford J. Wing, MS, Secretariat, AAFS Standards Board SDO is a term meaning Standards Development Organization. OSAC stands for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees. The AAFS has established an SDO called the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) that works closely with OSAC to develop voluntary consensus standards, technical reports, and best practice recommendations. OSAC is […]


YFSF News

Young Forensic Scientists Forum News – July 2016

Editors: Jacob Griffin, MS, and Ashley Foster, MAS A Letter From the YFSF President The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is excited to be starting a busy summer planning for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting. This July newsletter is the first to be published by this year’s YFSF committee. Please take the time to read […]


FSF News

The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship

The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship: Offered Through the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) PURPOSE: The IAFS is an international association focused on bringing together academics, managers, researchers, and scientists from around the world to discuss and to debate issues focal to the forensic science disciplines. The IAFS proclaims its goals and objectives to be: […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation 2016-17 Student Travel Grant Winners

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce the winners of the “FSF Student Travel Grant Award” essay contest:  Catherine O. Brown, MSFS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Claire M. Cartozzo, MSFS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Clare M. Fried, BS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Nicole M. Novroski, MS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Julia R. Prince-Buitenhuys, MA, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Beatriz A. Pujols, BS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Kelly A. Sauerwein, MA, Student […]


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 […]