In Memoriam—Richard A. Weems

Richard A. Weems, DMD, MS, D-ABFO, a native of Birmingham, AL, passed away on March 4, 2022. He received his dental degree from the School of Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), in 1977. He served for two years as a dental officer in the United States Army at Fort Jackson, SC, practiced general […]

Toxicology Section Call for Nominations

Source: Tate Yeatman, MS, Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarships Committee Chair The Toxicology Section’s awards and scholarships offer an enviable way to recognize the achievements and contributions of our distinguished colleagues and promising students. Nominations and all accompanying supporting information are due on August 1, 2022. The Alexander O. Gettler Award—Analytical Achievement in Forensic Toxicology […]

Fellow Larry A. Olson Honored With the Questioned Document Section’s “Maureen Casey-Owens Award” for 2022

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Questioned Documents Section presents the Maureen Casey-Owens Award to honor the Best Paper or Poster given at the annual scientific conference. The presentations are judged by several members who are selected by the section’s Awards Committee Chair. The award […]

In Memory of Senior Forensic Document Examiner Elizabeth Gil

Source: John J. Ross, Jr., MFS, Homeland Security Investigations Forensic Laboratory Unit Chief The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Forensic Laboratory mourns the passing of AAFS Questioned Documents Section Associate Member and Senior Forensic Document Examiner Elizabeth “Lisa” Gil. Lisa fought a courageous battle with cancer and was surrounded by her family when she passed on […]

Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—January 2022

Source: Sebastien S. Prat, MD, Section Secretary Please find below the most recent updates pertaining to the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section, including: Eleanor Vo Annual Conference Diversity Outreach Committee Educational Activities Upcoming Conferences Recent Publications in the Journal of Forensic Sciences   Dr. Eleanor Vo I would like to start by acknowledging the memory […]

Toxicology Section Update

Source: Sabra Botch-Jones, MS, Section Chair With the 2022 Annual Conference only one month away, there are a few things members of the AAFS Toxicology Section need to know. The first ever AAFS hybrid meeting will be held February 21-25, 2022 in Seattle, WA or a device of your choice! We are excited to announce […]

Toxicology Section Officer Nominations

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Nominating Committee The nominating committee consisting of Sherri Kacinko, Nick Tiscione, and Doug Rohde have unanimously agreed to the following 2022 nominations:         Section Chair—Madeleine Swortwood         Section Secretary—Amanda Mohr         Awards and Scholarship Committee—Jennifer Colby We look forward to seeing everyone at the February […]

Passing of Dr. Paula Brumit

Source: Robin Ainsworth, DDS, MS, Odontology Section Secretary It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Dr. Paula Brumit passed away last Friday, December 17, 2021. Dr. Brumit’s contributions to forensic odontology were considerable. Dr. Brumit was actively engaged in both the American Board of Forensic Odontology and the American Academy of […]

2022 General Section Officer Nominations

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary The nominating committee consisting of Paul Kish, William Andrews, and T.L. Williams completed their review of the nominees for 2022 General Section Officers and unanimously agreed to the following 2022 nominations:         Section Director—Claire Shepard         Section Chair—Melissa Connor         Section Secretary—Brian Janysek We look […]

Toxicology Section Update!

Source: Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, Section Chair The 2022 American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual conference is less than two months away! We are excited to return to a more “normal” meeting with the upcoming hybrid meeting, where we can interact with friends and colleagues, attend fantastic scientific sessions, and celebrate the 2022 section awardees. […]

T. Dale Stewart Award Call for Nominations

Source: A.P. Winburn, Anthropology Section Secretary Please email any nominations for the T. Dale Stewart Award to Section Chair Marin Pilloud ( by January 1. Please see the following information excerpted from the Policy and Procedure Manual regarding this award. The T. Dale Stewart Award recognizes outstanding, career-long contributions to the field of forensic anthropology. The Stewart Award […]

The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Is Looking to Expand Certification Examination Management Groups (CEMGs)

Source: Daniel N. Hankinson, MS, ABC President, and Audra C. Yovanovich, MSFS, ABC Examination Committee Chair  With the recent addition of the Biological Evidence Screening (BIO) and Forensic DNA (DNA) certification examinations, field testing of the Foundational Knowledge Exam (FKE), and the continuing development of future examinations in our quest for International Organization for Standardization […]

ABC At-Large Position Announcement

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is recruiting for an At-Large Director to serve on the Board of Directors (BoD).  The candidate is voted in by the BoD for a three-year term. This three-year term will expire at the conclusion of the February 2025 ABC board meeting. […]

The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section Is Seeking Moderators for the 2022 Program

Source: Jason M. Paroff, JD, Section Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section is seeking volunteers from the section who are interested in moderating a block of presentations during our Scientific Program currently scheduled for February 24–25, 2022. As many of you know, the 2022 conference will be a hybrid event. This means people who […]

In Memory of William D. Haglund, PhD

Sources: Allysha P. Winburn, PhD, Section Secretary, Constantine Eliopoulos, PhD, and Marcella H. Sorg, PhD It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Haglund, an exceptional forensic anthropologist and humanitarian. Bill was born in Duluth, MN, in 1943 and spent much of his childhood with his grandparents in Baker, OR. While […]

Final Call for General Section Nominations

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary To all General section members, this is a final call. The General Section Nominating Committee, consisting of Paul Kish, T.L. Williams, and William Andrews, announces a final call for nominations for Section Director, Section Chair, and Section Secretary, all of whom will be elected during the section business meeting in […]