Recent News

Using Lean Six Sigma for Process Improvement in a Forensic Science Laboratory Webinar—May 20

Sources: Barry A.J. Fisher, MS, MBA, and Laura L. Liptai, PhD, Forensic Science Uniting Nations Co-Chairs All AAFS members are invited to join the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program’s Mark Mogle and Brittany Graham for a free special webinar and support our forensic science colleagues from The Department of Forensic Sciences Judicial Investigation Agency […]


ASB Newsletter—April 30, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: Recirculation* – ASB Standard 054, Standard for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories, First Edition (Comment Deadline, June 14, 2021) Recirculation* – […]


President’s Spotlight—Presenting the Exciting New AAFS Logo

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President As promised in my address at our annual meeting, we have begun the process of finalizing some of the changes we feel are needed within the organization. One of those is the redesign of our logo! Although the current logo has served us well for many years, […]


ASB Newsletter—April 16, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: Recirculation* – ASB Standard 140, Standard for Training in Forensic Human Mitochondrial DNA Analysis, Interpretation, Comparison, Statistical Evaluation, and Reporting, First Edition (Comment Deadline, […]


President’s Spotlight—April 2021

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President During the year, we will present monthly presidential spotlights for each section to highlight the latest significant research or improvements within its discipline(s). Examples include cutting-edge technology, standards, or methods that improve the practice. Alternatively, they may show a historical account/timeline of the discipline’s use of innovative […]



Section News

ASB Toxicology Standards Open for Public Comment

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, 2020-21 Toxicology Section Chair The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) recently released three documents that may be of interest: ASB Standard 121, Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicological Testing of Urine in Drug-Facilitated Crime Investigations, First Edition: You may recall that this document was recently recirculated for […]


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 Annual Meeting Registration Reopened

Great news! If you were unable to participate in the 2021 annual meeting in February, registration has reopened. The only sessions that will not be available are LIVE sessions (workshops, plenary, annual business meeting, keynote addresses, and student academy). The online registration system requires payment with a credit or debit card. To register, log into […]


Annual Meeting – Know Before You Go

The AAFS 2021 Virtual Meeting is being hosted through the VFairs Virtual Event Platform (https://aafs2021.vfairs.com/). You will log on to the VFairs platform to access all presentations including your own. Like in past years, you must register to attend the meeting. All meeting attendees and speakers will receive login information directly from VFairs by Sunday, February […]


President's Messages

President’s Spotlight—Presenting the Exciting New AAFS Logo

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President As promised in my address at our annual meeting, we have begun the process of finalizing some of the changes we feel are needed within the organization. One of those is the redesign of our logo! Although the current logo has served us well for many years, […]


President’s Spotlight—April 2021

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President During the year, we will present monthly presidential spotlights for each section to highlight the latest significant research or improvements within its discipline(s). Examples include cutting-edge technology, standards, or methods that improve the practice. Alternatively, they may show a historical account/timeline of the discipline’s use of innovative […]


AAFS News

Using Lean Six Sigma for Process Improvement in a Forensic Science Laboratory Webinar—May 20

Sources: Barry A.J. Fisher, MS, MBA, and Laura L. Liptai, PhD, Forensic Science Uniting Nations Co-Chairs All AAFS members are invited to join the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program’s Mark Mogle and Brittany Graham for a free special webinar and support our forensic science colleagues from The Department of Forensic Sciences Judicial Investigation Agency […]


Call for Nominations for the Questioned Documents Section’s Ordway Hilton Award

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The Questioned Documents Section is currently accepting nominations for the Ordway Hilton Award. This purpose of this award is to recognize sustained superior contributions to the Questioned Documents Section, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the forensic science community. The award is named in honor […]


Call For 2021–22 Award Nominations

Source: Jeri Ropero-Miller, PhD, Past Presidents Council Chair, Awards Committee Chair The nomination period for 2021–22 Academy-wide awards has opened. Please consider submitting nominations for the following awards. Past Presidents Council Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Summary of Criteria: The recipient must be an Associate Member, Member, or Fellow of the […]


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—April 30, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: Recirculation* – ASB Standard 054, Standard for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories, First Edition (Comment Deadline, June 14, 2021) Recirculation* – […]


ASB Newsletter—April 16, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: Recirculation* – ASB Standard 140, Standard for Training in Forensic Human Mitochondrial DNA Analysis, Interpretation, Comparison, Statistical Evaluation, and Reporting, First Edition (Comment Deadline, […]


YFSF News

FSF News

22nd Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Recipients Announced!

The 22nd Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted during the AAFS Virtual Annual Meeting in February. The following presenters were selected as the 2021 winners by a panel of judges: Perla Santillan, MS—“Mass Grave Localization Prediction With Geographical Information System in Guatemala and Future Impacts” (A58/Anthropology) Ya-Chih Cheng, MS—“The Differentiation of […]


2021–22 Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Warren-Young Scholarship: May 1 Deadline

Purpose: This award is designed to encourage forensic science education at the middle and high school level and is intended to provide funds to purchase supplies, equipment, or reference materials to support forensic science education in teaching basic scientific principles. Applications will be judged based on how the funds will further the goals of the Foundation. […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 3.5 Faculty

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a […]


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 […]