70th Annual Scientific Meeting Award Presentations

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in acknowledging your colleagues as they are presented and recognized for the following awards. AAFS Distinguished Fellow Honoree:  Virginia A. Lynch, MSN AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award:  Lavinia Iancu, PhD 2018 Section Award Honorees Anthropology Section’s T. Dale Stewart Award:  P. Willey, PhD J. Lawrence Angel […]


AAFS Annual Meeting Employment Forum & FEPAC University Fair

The AAFS will be hosting its 15th Annual Employment Forum and its 7th Annual University Fair during the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. The purpose is to provide employers and academic programs with the following: Employment Forum — a means for employers and applicants to meet, to exchange information, to conduct informal interviews, or to […]


AAFS IEOP 2018 — Destination Cuba Update

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, Director of Development & Accreditation Interest in the International Education Outreach Program (IEOP) for 2018 Destination Cuba remains high and current registration numbers indicate this will be among the best attended in IEOP history! I’m sure you’ve heard recent news concerning the changes to United States-Cuba regulations. I wanted to assure […]


FSF Warren-Young Scholarship Award Recipient

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the recipient of the Warren-Young Scholarship Award. Betty H. Davis, a teacher at Lanier High School in Jackson, MS, has been awarded $1,500 to assist in purchasing supplies, equipment, and books to teach concepts of forensic science as part of her school’s science curriculum. In addition, […]


FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Logan D. Hickey, BS, was awarded the 2017-18 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for his paper, Analysis of Problematic Controlled Substances by GC/MS Without Sample Preparation Using Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) With On-Fiber Derivatization. The award consists of:  $1,700, a plaque presented […]


AAFS Board of Directors Statement on the Opioid Crisis Response

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The following statement has been submitted to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/presidents-commission). The Board appreciates the work of the Synthetic Opioid Ad Hoc Committee in drafting the response and recommendations. STATEMENT OF THE AAFS BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON THE OPIOID CRISIS […]


ASB Response to NIST Request for Information on OSAC

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison Officer On August 30 of this year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a Request For Information (RFI) on potential organizational changes to the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). NIST, along with the Department of Justice, established OSAC to facilitate development of sound […]


In Memoriam: Kurt M. Dubowski, PhD, AAFS Founding Member and Past President

It is with great fondness and reverence that we remember AAFS Founding Member and Past President, colleague and friend, Dr. Kurt M. Dubowski, who passed away Monday, October 23, in Oklahoma City at the age of 95. Dr. Dubowski was designated as an R.B.H. Gradwohl Laureate in 2011, the most prestigious honor of the American Academy […]


AAFS Board of Directors Response to NIST Request for Input on OSAC

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 AAFS President The following statement has been submitted in response to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) request for input on the future structure of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). STATEMENT OF THE AAFS BOARD OF DIRECTORS The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) […]


Attorney General Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division Wins FTC’s Partner Award for Outstanding Collaborative Work

  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Consumer Protection Division of his office was awarded the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Partner Award in recognition of outstanding work to combat fraud and deception in the marketplace. Jurisprudence Section Fellow Paul Singer serves as the Division Chief and accepted the award on its behalf. “We are […]


Advance Program Go Green Initiative

The publishing deadline for the AAFS 2018 Advance Program is fast approaching. Before we go to print, we would like you to consider whether or not you prefer a hard copy of the publication to be mailed to you. All program information will be available on the AAFS website the first week of November at […]


AAAS Multiorganization Letter on Immigration

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The AAFS has joined 85 other scientific organizations in signing a multisociety letter drafted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in which concerns are expressed with the recent proclamation issued by the White House on immigration and visas that further articulates extreme vetting […]


AAFS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting — Special Function Schedules

Five breakfast seminars, two luncheon seminars, an evening session, two special sessions, and 24 workshops have been accepted for the AAFS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting program, all of which offer a wide range of topics. Workshops are an excellent means to meet your continuing education needs while maintaining and expanding your knowledge within your specific […]


Abstract Deadlines Approaching for 2018 Impression, Pattern, and Trace Symposium

Source:  Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS Secretary The 2018 Impression, Pattern, and Trace Symposium will be held January 22-25, 2018, and the abstract submission deadlines are fast approaching! The call for poster and platform presentations closes October 13, 2017, and the call for workshop proposals closes October 18, 2017. This symposium was specifically designed to […]


Opioid Safety Plans Position Statement

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President On October 10, 2017, after reviewing input from the membership and convening by conference call to discuss the matter, the AAFS Board of Directors voted to adopt the position statement on Opioid Safety Plans proposed by the Synthetic Opioid Ad Hoc Committee. The Board of Directors appreciates […]


General Section News — October 2017

  Source:  Steven C. Clark, PhD, Section Secretary Another summer is history, and fall is here. Now is the time to make your plans to attend the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. Hotels around the Washington State Convention Center fill up quickly because Seattle is such a great meeting site! There are […]


Barry Fisher Named Outstanding Alumnus

AAFS Past President and R.B.H. Gradwohl Laureate  Barry A.J. Fisher, MS, MBA, recently returned from a visit to Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, where he was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the Chemistry Department. Barry attended Purdue between 1966-1968 and received his MS degree in organic chemistry.  


Membership Application Deadline — October 1!

The deadline for submission of applications for upgrade or promotion is fast approaching. Please make sure your application is submitted by the October 1, 2017, deadline. You will have a short grace period after this deadline to submit letters of reference and supporting documentation. Please refer to the basic and section requirements on the AAFS […]