Section News

Accepting Nominations for the Carrie Morgan Whitcomb Outstanding Service Award

Source: Josiah Dykstra, PhD, DMS Awards Committee Chair Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section Fellows, Members, and Associate Members: the DMS Awards Committee and Officers invite you to nominate individuals for the Carrie Morgan Whitcomb Outstanding Service Award. This award recognizes a person who has accomplished or performed a superior service or has demonstrated a […]


Last Call for Jurisprudence Section Submissions!

Sources:  Ted W. Vosk, JD, Section Program Chair, and Christine Haskell, JD, Section Program Co-Chair Today, August 1, is the deadline to submit an abstract for the Academy’s 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans (February 13-18, 2017)!  There are several distinct opportunities for those wishing to submit an abstract for consideration. Your submission may […]


Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science

Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium hosted by NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

Don’t Miss This Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium! Scientific research is being used to strengthen forensic science disciplines and develop new methods and tools for crime laboratories. Learn about the latest findings/developments during the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium (formerly referred to as the NIJ Grantees Meeting). This […]


Interdisciplinary Symposium announces new Keynote Speaker

UPDATE:  AAFS regrets that Howard Schmidt is unable to serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s Interdisciplinary Symposium during the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas.  However, AAFS is delighted to announce that Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Justice, has agreed to deliver the keynote address titled “Strengthening Forensic Science at […]


Transformation: Embracing Change – General Section, January 2016

Source:  Joanna Collins, Section Secretary Change is inevitable; you can adapt and overcome or you can resist and risk becoming unnecessary and obsolete. President Weedn’s theme for the 2016 Annual Meeting of Transformation: Embracing Change could not be more fitting as the mantra for the General Section and the overall field of forensic science. The […]


Presidents' Messages

AAFS News

2017 Anthropology Section Program

Sources: Vincent H. Stefan, PhD, Section Program Chair, and Elizabeth A. Miller, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair Hello, Everyone, We hope everyone has had an enjoyable and relaxing summer thus far. For any of you who have looked at a calendar, you will have noticed that the deadline for submitting abstracts for the 2017 AAFS Annual […]


AAFS Fellow Meets Members of The Royal Family

Last week, Susan Ballou, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) program manager for forensic science, attended the opening of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom, where she had the opportunity to meet The Royal Family members Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke […]


Kristina Hoffman Honored With AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award

The AAFS Past Presidents Council is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Kristina L. Hoffman, BS, an Associate Member in the Criminalistics Section. The award will be presented by the Chair of the Past Presidents Council on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, during the AAFS […]


Staff Corner

AAFS Meetings Accommodations UPDATE

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 to New Orleans has not been confirmed at this time.   Please be aware that AAFS has contracted a set block of […]


Improved Search Feature on AAFS Website

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new “Committees” search feature page on the AAFS website. In addition to up-to-date contact information, you will be able to see any member’s current participation in all AAFS committees. To access this new feature, go to http://www.aafs.org/about-aafs/aafs-commitees/.  Let us know if you have any questions by contacting Jeff […]


Academy Standards Board

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 […]


ASB News – July 2016

Source: Brad Wing, MS The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) has notified candidates of their selection for four Consensus Bodies: Disaster Victim Identification, DNA, Friction Ridge, and Wildlife Forensics. Approximately every two weeks, the ASB will announce selections for more Consensus Bodies. The next group will include: Anthropology, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Firearms […]


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 […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum Newsletter – April 2016

Editors: Brianna Bermudez, BS, and Jacob Griffin, BS A Letter from the 2015-16 YFSF President Writing my final Young Forensic Scientist Forum (YFSF) newsletter entry is very bittersweet. For the past two years, I have had the honor of serving as the YFSF President and I am indebted to so many. The YFSF events at […]


FSF News

FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline Fast Approaching

Purpose: The Jan Grant Award is to provide Graduate Students with financial assistance to complete their thesis or independent research project as required for a graduate degree in Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. The thesis or research project must be in the field of Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Eligibility Requirements: The applicant […]


FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize

In collaboration with the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF), CRC Press will fund the top-scoring FSF Student Travel Grant candidate as determined through the FSF selection process outlined in the article entitled “FSF Student Travel Grants.” In addition to funding the $1,500 travel grant, CRC Press will donate an “instant library” worth $1,500 (list price) in […]


FEPAC News

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 […]


FEPAC Revises Undergraduate Digital Evidence Standards for Public Comment

Over the course of the last two years, FEPAC and a subcommittee comprised of educators and practitioner experts in the field conducted an in depth review of the FEPAC standards as they relate to Digital & Multimedia Forensic Science. The review was initiated as a result of concerns expressed by the computer science community that […]