Membership Survey for Content Digitization Project

Source: Carl R. McClary, BA, Content Digitization Committee Chair The Academy survey on the proposed project to capture some of our meeting content digitally has been sent. Your participation is appreciated! Please be aware that the survey will be delivered via an email from SurveyGizmo™ and not directly from the Academy. Should you not receive […]


National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Publishes Resource Webpage for the Medical Examiner and Coroner Community

The National Institute of Justice, a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), announced a new resource for medical examiners, coroners, and death investigators. A product of a Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services working group launched in March 2018, the resource page serves as a single […]


General Section News—August 2018

Source:  Steven C. Clark, PhD, Section Secretary The August 1 deadline for 2019 abstract submissions has passed and Program Chair Gina Londino and Co-Chair Brian Janysek are busy with the review process and building an excellent program! Thanks to all that submitted abstracts this year. The General Section Nominating Committee, consisting of Julie Howe, David Zeliff, […]


Pathologists Needed in Puerto Rico

Source: Joyce DeJong, DO, Pathology/Biology Section Fellow Officials from Health and Human Services (HHS) are in Puerto Rico working to support and bolster resources for the Medical Examiner in Puerto Rico at the Forensic Science Institute. They have a significant and urgent need for pathologists to assist with a backlog.They will contract with individuals who […]


Do You Want the Last Word?

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, Last Word Society Chair Now you can have it, by submitting your abstract for the Last Word Society, one of the best-attended sessions of the meeting. If you have a favorite case to share with the audience, a historical forensic event to revisit, or a humorous approach to forensic science, […]


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 […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences: July 2018 Issue

Journal of Forensic Sciences © American Academy of Forensic Sciences July 2018 / Volume 63, Issue 4 (pages 985-1333) Table of Contents Version of Record Online: July 2, 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13649   Your July 2018 digital issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) is now available and is accessible via the links provided […]


2019 Academy Cup—Blitz in Baltimore!

Source: Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair The excitement and fun of the Academy Cup grows each year, and the gauntlet has been thrown by the Criminalistics Section. New questions are needed for next year’s Blitz in Baltimore! Questions. We need questions. We need stacks and stacks of questions—serious, funny, AAFS-related, general forensic science. […]


2018-19 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline

Purpose: The Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant 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 […]


Anthropology – Call for Abstracts

Sources: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Program Chair, and Marin A Pilloud, PhD, Program Co-Chair Hello Anthropology Section, 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 […]


General Section Call for Papers

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Chair As summer is finally here, it is time to start putting your abstracts together for the General Section program for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We are excited to review submissions for oral and poster presentations as well as breakfasts and workshop ideas. The General Section […]


AAFS Fellow Dragan Primorac Awarded With the High State Decoration of the Order of Ante Starcevic

The President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, has presented Dragan Primorac with the high State decoration of the Order of Ante Starčević for his extraordinary achievements in the field of science, education, and politics, as well as for his contributions to the development of the Republic of Croatia. Prof. Primorac is one of […]


The Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) Seeks Your Support

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) has seen incredible growth in support since its inauguration at the 2015 AAFS Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. The Center seeks to utilize the assets of the AAFS to promote the […]


The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) Applauds the Department of Justice for Creation of Forensic Laboratory Needs Technology Working Group (FLN-TWG)

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The CFSO praises the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Principal Deputy Director Dr. Howard Spivak for his comments at the American Society of Crime Lab Director’s 45th Annual Symposium on May 24 and his announcement regarding the Department of Justice (DOJ) formation of a Forensic Laboratory Needs […]


2019 AAFS Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 18-23, 2019, in Baltimore, MD, at The Baltimore Convention Center. The theme for the upcoming meeting is Diligence, Dedication, and Devotion. The deadline for abstract submission is August […]


2018-19 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2019-20 officers: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD President-Elect  (Toxicology) Carl R. McClary, BA Vice President  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Treasurer  (Anthropology) Ken Williams, MS, JD Secretary    (Criminalistics) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Betty Layne DesPortes (Chair), John Gerns, and […]


Complimentary AAFS Meeting Registration Awarded

As an incentive to attend the 2018 AAFS Annual Business Meeting, all Fellows and Members in attendance were automatically entered in a random drawing to receive a complimentary meeting registration to attend the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, February 18-23, 2019. Congratulations to Barbara Andree, MS, a Fellow of the Criminalistics Section — this year’s […]


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 […]