Recent News

FSF Acorn and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Acorn Grants (up to and including $1,000) and Lucas Grants (up to and including $5,000) 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 (AAFS). Each research proposal must include: […]


Two ASB Documents Available for Public Comment

Source:  Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Technical Coordinator Announcement: The public comment period has opened for the following two AAFS Standards Board (ASB) documents posted in the May 19, 2017, issue of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI’s) Standards Action (the comment deadline is July 3, 2017): ASB Standard 011, Scope of Expertise in Forensic Document Examination, First […]


FSF International Association of Forensic Sciences Scholarship Winner Announced!

General Section member Gulnaz T. Javan, PhD, has been selected to receive the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship offered through the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF). The scholarship is intended to help defray the expenses involved in attending the 21st Triennial Meeting of the IAFS being held in Toronto, Canada, from August 21-25, 2017. The […]


Message From The AAFS President – May 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS On May 13, 2017, I had the honor of speaking at the commencement exercises for the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Forensic Sciences. This Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) -accredited program had 45 Bachelor of Science graduates and 15 Master of Science graduates for 2017. When I […]


AAFS Past President Robert Barsley Elected Chair of the CSSP Executive Committee

The Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) has announced that Dr. Robert E. Barsley has been elected Chair of the Executive Committee, effective January 1, 2017. Dr. Barsley is a professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and director of Oral Health Resources and Community and Hospital Dentistry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences […]


DOJ Request for Input on Advancing Forensic Science

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested public comment on how the Department should move forward to evaluate and improve the underlying science of forensic evidence, improve the operational management systems of forensic science service providers, and improve the understanding of forensic science by legal practitioners. The […]



Section News

Pathology/Biology Section News – April 2017

Source:  David O. Carter, PhD, Section Secretary 2017 Annual Meeting Overview The 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in New Orleans, LA, proved to be a success. First, thank you to all contributors and participants. The annual meeting could not exist without you. Without the hard work of Pathology/Biology Section […]


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

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

Message From The AAFS President – May 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS On May 13, 2017, I had the honor of speaking at the commencement exercises for the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Forensic Sciences. This Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) -accredited program had 45 Bachelor of Science graduates and 15 Master of Science graduates for 2017. When I […]


Message From the AAFS President — April 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President Message to the Membership: On March 7, 2017, the AAFS Board of Directors requested input from the membership on two pieces of legislation proposed by the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO), of which AAFS is a member. The two pieces of federal legislation concerned:  (1) the […]


AAFS News

FSF International Association of Forensic Sciences Scholarship Winner Announced!

General Section member Gulnaz T. Javan, PhD, has been selected to receive the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship offered through the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF). The scholarship is intended to help defray the expenses involved in attending the 21st Triennial Meeting of the IAFS being held in Toronto, Canada, from August 21-25, 2017. The […]


AAFS Past President Robert Barsley Elected Chair of the CSSP Executive Committee

The Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) has announced that Dr. Robert E. Barsley has been elected Chair of the Executive Committee, effective January 1, 2017. Dr. Barsley is a professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and director of Oral Health Resources and Community and Hospital Dentistry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences […]


DOJ Request for Input on Advancing Forensic Science

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested public comment on how the Department should move forward to evaluate and improve the underlying science of forensic evidence, improve the operational management systems of forensic science service providers, and improve the understanding of forensic science by legal practitioners. The […]


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

Two ASB Documents Available for Public Comment

Source:  Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Technical Coordinator Announcement: The public comment period has opened for the following two AAFS Standards Board (ASB) documents posted in the May 19, 2017, issue of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI’s) Standards Action (the comment deadline is July 3, 2017): ASB Standard 011, Scope of Expertise in Forensic Document Examination, First […]


AAFS ASB Standards Developing Organization — “A” for Achievement

Source:  Mary McKiel, PhD The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Standards Board (ASB) standardization work began a little more than a year ago with the process of establishing and populating Consensus Bodies (CB) to conduct the work of standards writing. Since that time, progress has been outstanding. There are 33 standardization projects well underway […]


YFSF News

InterFORENSICS Conference Scholarship Opportunity

Source: Tanisha Henson, MFS, AAFS Fellow, General Section Welcome home from an amazing week in New Orleans! During the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, an amazing scholarship opportunity was presented to participate in the InterFORENSICS conference. This will be held by the Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences in the capital city […]


FSF News

FSF Acorn and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Acorn Grants (up to and including $1,000) and Lucas Grants (up to and including $5,000) 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 (AAFS). Each research proposal must include: […]


2017 FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Winners: D’Nisha D. Hamblin and Lindsay Glicksberg

The 18th Annual Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted in New Orleans, LA.  The following presenters were selected as the 2017 winners by a panel of judges:  D’Nisha D. Hamblin, MSFS, was selected for her presentation entitled Evaluation of a New Technology for the Collection and Analysis of Breath Components […]


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 […]