President’s Message — October 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President On October 19, 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the preview reception at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrating the opening of the exhibit Murder is Her Hobby:  Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. The exhibit contains 19 meticulously […]


President’s Message — September 2017

  Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Scientific evidence is a powerful tool in the search for the truth and the pursuit of justice. As forensic scientists, we have a duty to ensure our results and opinions are valid and reliable. Standards and best practice guidelines provide the foundation for our work and […]


President’s Message – August 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The week of August 21-25, 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The opening ceremony highlighted the global span of the 1,440 delegates from 86 countries and 6 continents. IAFS President Michael Pollanen […]


President’s Message – July 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President As President of the Academy, I have had the honor of talking to a wide variety of audiences about forensic science and the mission of the Academy. I often describe the greatest strengths of the Academy as the extensive knowledge base of our members and their level […]


President’s Message – June 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Forensic science is a field with no borders, and it is a field that provides a vast platform for collaboration among scientists throughout the world. Meetings and conferences this spring and summer have highlighted these characteristics. The AAFS has been well represented at these meetings, but I […]


Message From The AAFS President – May 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS On May 13, 2017, I had the honor of speaking at the commencement exercises for the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Forensic Sciences. This Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) -accredited program had 45 Bachelor of Science graduates and 15 Master of Science graduates for 2017. When I […]


Message From the AAFS President — April 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President Message to the Membership: On March 7, 2017, the AAFS Board of Directors requested input from the membership on two pieces of legislation proposed by the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO), of which AAFS is a member. The two pieces of federal legislation concerned:  (1) the […]


AAFS President’s Message March 2017

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE One month into my term as your President, I am even more thankful to Immediate Past President John Gerns for his leadership and mentorship.  Without John’s diligent planning, the New Orleans meeting would not have been a success in his absence.  Without his transparency about the issues and decisions he faced during his […]


President’s Message — October 2016

Source: John E. Gerns, MFS, 2016-17 President As summer comes to an end and fall begins knocking on our door, I have just returned from a part of the world where spring is beginning — I am speaking of New Zealand. This year, the AAFS International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) took place in New Zealand, also […]


President’s Message – November 2015

Source: Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD, 2015-16 AAFS President Gearing up to become a Standards Development Organization (SDO) is dominating the myriad of activities of the Academy, but appropriately so. Standards-setting is a dominant activity in the forensic sciences community and the Academy has the strength and depth to step into a critical supportive role […]


AAFS Submits Application to ANSI to Become an SDO

Recently we announced that the Academy was the recipient of a $1.5M grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) to establish AAFS as an accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO). We are pleased to announce the AAFS submitted our application to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) last Wednesday, August 26 — meeting our first […]


President’s Message – September 2015

Source:  Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD, 2015-16 President The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) has awarded $1.5M to the Academy to establish a Standards Development Organization (SDO). I believe that this is strategic for our organization’s future and critical to our forensic science community now. Although forensic medicine and toxicology have origins from many […]


June 2015 President’s Message

As I look back at the past few months, there have been an unusual number of issues in forensic science which have garnered media attention including a series of articles on bitemark evidence, a study of FBI hair analysis cases disclosing a high proportion of errors, changes in the leadership of the Washington, DC, Department […]