Recent News

Student and Trainee Affiliates—Watch for the Eligibility Email and Mailing in August!

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Student and Trainee Affiliate, each Student and Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Student and Trainee Affiliate are temporary statuses and may only be held as long as you meet the requirements. Trainee Affiliates—Please review the section requirements for Associate Member […]


Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) Highlights of Funded Projects

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) seeks to utilize the assets of the AAFS to promote the application of contemporary forensic science and forensic medicine principles to global humanitarian and/or human rights projects requiring special forensic […]


Anthropology Section: Abstracts Due!

Sources: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Program Chair, and Marin A Pilloud, PhD, Program Co-Chair The August 1 deadline for abstracts is fast approaching! Make sure you get your abstracts, workshops, symposia, and special seminars submitted by the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please ensure that you adhere to the AAFS guidelines for abstract submission. […]


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 […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) Strategic Planning Survey

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences As noted in a previous AAFS Newsfeed, a JFS Strategic Planning Meeting has been scheduled for September of this year to develop a strategic plan for the JFS. In an effort to obtain the input needed from the key stakeholders of the JFS, a survey […]



Section News

Anthropology Section: Abstracts Due!

Sources: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Program Chair, and Marin A Pilloud, PhD, Program Co-Chair The August 1 deadline for abstracts is fast approaching! Make sure you get your abstracts, workshops, symposia, and special seminars submitted by the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please ensure that you adhere to the AAFS guidelines for abstract submission. […]


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—July 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President In Havana, Cuba, in 1947, “the father of forensic pathology,” Dr. Rutherford B.H. Gradwohl, met with Dr. Israel Castellanos, the Director of the Cuban National Identification Office. They met to plan the first meeting of the Pan-American Medical-Legal Congress, which convened in St. Louis, MO, in 1948. Later […]


AAFS News

Student and Trainee Affiliates—Watch for the Eligibility Email and Mailing in August!

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Student and Trainee Affiliate, each Student and Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Student and Trainee Affiliate are temporary statuses and may only be held as long as you meet the requirements. Trainee Affiliates—Please review the section requirements for Associate Member […]


Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) Highlights of Funded Projects

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) seeks to utilize the assets of the AAFS to promote the application of contemporary forensic science and forensic medicine principles to global humanitarian and/or human rights projects requiring special forensic […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) Strategic Planning Survey

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences As noted in a previous AAFS Newsfeed, a JFS Strategic Planning Meeting has been scheduled for September of this year to develop a strategic plan for the JFS. In an effort to obtain the input needed from the key stakeholders of the JFS, a survey […]


Staff Corner

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 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 […]


AAFS Standards Board

ASB Announces New Standard Open for Public Comment

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The public comment period has opened for: ASB Best Practice Recommendation 006, Best Practices Recommendations for DNA Analysis for Human Identification in Mass Fatality Incidents, First Edition. (Comment deadline is August 13.) Please visit the Notification of Standard Development and Coordination area of the AAFS Standards Board website to view […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]