Ellis R. Kerley Research Award Announced

Source: Christian Crowder, PhD Please join us in congratulating Anthropology Section Fellow Gregory Berg on receiving The Ellis R. Kerley Research Award. Dr. Berg’s winning submission, A Large-Scale Evaluation of Intraperson Isotopic Variation Within Human Bone Collagen and Bioapatite, was presented at the recent AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The purpose of The […]


Anthropology Section Award Winners

Source: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Section Secretary Congratulations to all of our Anthropology Section award winners this year. The following awards were announced or presented at the 2019 AAFS annual meeting in Baltimore. FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize – Vienna C. Lam FSF Student Travel Grant Award – Shelby Garza, Rebecca George, Mariah […]


2019 Toxicology Section Best Poster Award Recipient Announced

Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, 2018-19 Toxicology Section Chair The 2019 Toxicology Section Best Poster Award goes to Kaitlyn Palmquist for her poster presentation, Liquid Chromatography/Quadrupole Time-Of-Flight (LC/qTOF) Screening for Fentanyl Analogs in Whole Blood and Oral Fluid. The announcement was made during the Toxicology Section Open Forum Session at the recent AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in […]


2019 QD Section’s Maureen Casey Owens Award Recipient Announced

Source: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Questioned Documents Section Chair The Questioned Documents Section would like to recognize Trainee Affiliate Nina Harnarine who is the 2019 Maureen Casey Owens Award recipient. Nina received the award for her paper, A Comparative Study of Generation Y and Generation Z Signatures, that she presented at the recent AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting […]


The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Recertification Deadline Extended

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS Criminalistics Liaison to the ABC Board of Directors The ABC Board of Directors recognizes that the recertification process has become burdensome and has created significant challenges for our certificants. We are actively overhauling the recertification process. The Board has approved the following interim changes as we work to improve the recertification […]


Do You Want to Serve on the AAFS Diversity & Outreach Committee?

The Academy’s Diversity & Outreach Committee, now in its second year of service, is comprised of a Chair (currently, Nikolas P. Lemos, Toxicology) and at least five, but no more than ten, additional AAFS members or affiliates to serve on the Committee for a one-year term with a limit of three consecutive terms. The Committee […]


Spotlight on the Regional Associations

Source: Tom A. Brettell, PhD, Regional Association Committee Chair Greetings from the Criminalistics Section Regional Associations Committee (RAC)! As part of the RAC’s efforts to increase communication and collaboration between the many regional associations in the United States, the upcoming Academy Newsfeeds will feature information and updates from each of the associations represented in the […]


Preview of Criminalistics Sessions in Baltimore, MD

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Section Chair The 2019 AAFS Annual Meeting is just around the corner. To whet your appetite, here is a preview of the sessions and activities being offered by the Criminalistics Section. There are a variety of Breakfast Seminars and Workshops from which to choose, covering topics ranging from psychoactive substances to […]


General Section News—December 2018

Source: Steven C. Clark, PhD, Section Secretary Another year is ending, and the holiday season is here! Now is the time to make your plans to attend the 2019 annual meeting in Baltimore, MD. Hotels around the Baltimore Convention Center fill up quickly because the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore is such a great meeting […]


In Memoriam: Raymond J. Prime, PhD

It is with heavy sorrow and reverence that the Criminalistics section reports the loss of Dr. Raymond Prime, former director of the Centre of Forensic Sciences. He was a distinguished member of the fire science community. He passed away on October 15, 2018, in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. The following is a post from his colleague […]


Forensic DNA Specialist Arthur Eisenberg, PhD, Passes Away

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Section Chair It is with sadness and utmost respect that the Criminalistics Section reports the passing of Dr. Arthur Eisenberg, former co-director of the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center for Human Identification. Dr. Eisenberg had been deeply involved in forensic genetics research and teaching for more than 30 years. […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science—Academy Cup 2019

Source: Dean De Crisce, MD, Section Chair Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section members: Our section needs individuals to participate in the upcoming Academy Cup which will occur Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the annual meeting. Please contact the Section Chair at decrisce.md@gmail.com if you can attend this enjoyable Academy-wide […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—November 2018

Source: R. Gregg Dwyer, MD, EdD, Section Secretary The following is news from members of our section and general section reminders. Dean De Crisce, in his role as the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) Forensic Science Committee Chair, provided the following: “The AAPL Committee for Liaison with Forensic Science met at the […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS)—November 2018

Source: Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar, PhD, DMS Section Membership Committee Chair As many of you already know, the application deadline for new membership, upgrades, and promotions has passed for consideration at the AAFS 71st Annual Scientific Meeting. However, the portal for applying for membership is always open so please continue to recruit and encourage new members […]


Trivia Players WANTED!

Source: Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Chair This year’s annual meeting is right around the corner. One event that happens every year is the Academy Cup. We are looking for Jurisprudence Section members to be part of the team. This is a fun event and a great way to get to know your fellow section […]


Criminalistics and the Three Ds

Source: Patrick Buzzini, PhD, Section Secretary The upcoming 71stAnnual Scientific Meeting to be held in Baltimore, MD, is on the horizon. Our Program Chair Noelle Umback and Co-Chair Sandra Sachs have finalized the program agenda of the meeting, which will be included in the Advance Program released in November. In addition to the traditional sessions […]