Recent News

Toxicology Call for Abstracts and Workshops Submissions

Source: Madeleine J. Gates, PhD, Section Program Chair Preparations are remotely underway for the 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston, TX taking place February 15-20, 2021. The deadline for scientific submissions (abstracts and workshop proposals) is quickly approaching on September 1! AAFS President Jeri Ropero-Miller has chosen the theme of “One Academy Pursuing Justice […]


2021 Annual Scientific Meeting Abstract Deadline Extended to SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

Source: Sondra Doolittle, AAFS Meetings & Expositions Manager After careful consideration, AAFS is pleased to announce an extension for the 2021 Annual Meeting abstract deadline until September 1, 2020. This extension is given in consideration of the worldwide COVID 19 pandemic and the possible impacts caused by shutdowns and closures since March. The extension applies […]


Welcome to Our New AAFS Executive Director

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, President and Carl R. McClary, MS, President-Elect and Chair, Executive Director Ad Hoc Search Committee All, this is probably one of our most important Presidential spotlights serving to inform the Academy membership of activities and resources of benefit to you. Carl McClary joins me in sharing the wonderful and exciting […]


Call for General Section Scientific Papers

Sources: Katherine M. Brown, PhD, Program Chair and Kimberlee Moran, MSc, Program Co-Chair General Section members, we know these are challenging times and we hope everyone is safe and well, but it is not too early to think about your abstracts for presentations at the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic […]


Donations Honoring Carol Henderson

Source: Zeno Geradts, PhD, AAFS Past Presidents Council Chair The AAFS Past Presidents Council is disheartened by the sad news that Carol Henderson passed away. Carol was very involved in forensic science and education. Due to her important commitment to forensic science and her dedication to the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF), the Past Presidents Council […]



Section News

Toxicology Call for Abstracts and Workshops Submissions

Source: Madeleine J. Gates, PhD, Section Program Chair Preparations are remotely underway for the 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston, TX taking place February 15-20, 2021. The deadline for scientific submissions (abstracts and workshop proposals) is quickly approaching on September 1! AAFS President Jeri Ropero-Miller has chosen the theme of “One Academy Pursuing Justice […]


Call for General Section Scientific Papers

Sources: Katherine M. Brown, PhD, Program Chair and Kimberlee Moran, MSc, Program Co-Chair General Section members, we know these are challenging times and we hope everyone is safe and well, but it is not too early to think about your abstracts for presentations at the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic […]


AAFS Policy Statements

Statement from the AAFS Board of Directors on the National Commission on Forensic Science

Source:  AAFS Board of Directors The American Academy of Forensic Sciences wholeheartedly commends its membership who provided expertise, wisdom, and guidance to the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) since its 2013 origin. There are 14 Commission Members, 3 Ex-Officio Members, and numerous sub-committee members who are also members of the Academy and the work […]


Annual Meeting News

2021 Academy Cup Question Guidelines

Source: Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair We recently requested that questions be submitted for the 2021 Academy Cup. We have received several so far, but people are not following the necessary guidelines. We cannot accept questions that are section-specific. The questions should be general knowledge and not apply to a specific section within […]


Complimentary Meeting Registrations Awarded

As an incentive to attend the 2020 AAFS Annual Business Meeting in Anaheim, all Fellows and Members in attendance were automatically entered in a random drawing to receive a complimentary meeting registration to attend the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston, TX. Congratulations to Lynn Garcia, JD, Member of the Jurisprudence Section—this year’s lucky […]


President's Messages

Welcome to Our New AAFS Executive Director

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, President and Carl R. McClary, MS, President-Elect and Chair, Executive Director Ad Hoc Search Committee All, this is probably one of our most important Presidential spotlights serving to inform the Academy membership of activities and resources of benefit to you. Carl McClary joins me in sharing the wonderful and exciting […]


AAFS News

2021 Annual Scientific Meeting Abstract Deadline Extended to SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

Source: Sondra Doolittle, AAFS Meetings & Expositions Manager After careful consideration, AAFS is pleased to announce an extension for the 2021 Annual Meeting abstract deadline until September 1, 2020. This extension is given in consideration of the worldwide COVID 19 pandemic and the possible impacts caused by shutdowns and closures since March. The extension applies […]


In Memoriam: Carol E. Henderson, JD

Source: Carla Noziglia, MS, AAFS Retired Fellow We are together in our grief, but also in the memories of a wonderful woman. Professor Carol E. Henderson, visionary, innovator, and force of nature, has died at her home in Florida. Her accomplishments were many and varied, and she will be remembered fondly as a gracious friend. […]


Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following topics were suggested: Artificial intelligence and forensics Mental health and wellness across all disciplines Multidisciplinary approach to one or more cases—see the approach, perspective of other […]


Staff Corner

2020 Membership Dues Information

2020 Membership Dues Notices have been posted online and will be mailed shortly. All Student Affiliates and Trainee Affiliates must certify eligibility before a dues notice will be generated. You may login to your AAFS Account Portal to download a .pdf copy of your dues invoice or to make payment with a debit or credit […]


Associate Members and Members—Are You Eligible to Promote?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator AAFS encourages Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher status to complete and submit an application for promotion. Please review the promotion requirements on the AAFS website at https://www.aafs.org/home-page/membership/student-affiliate-trainee-affiliate-or-associate-member/aafs-basic-membership-requirements/promotion-requirements/individual-section-requirements/ to determine if you are eligible. If you fulfill your section’s requirements for promotion, you may apply online […]


AAFS Standards Board

New Crime Scene Investigation Consensus Body

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The Academy Standards Board (ASB) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization. The ASB is announcing the formation of a new Consensus Body: Crime Scene Investigation. The consensus body will have 7 to 25 members based on applications received. Members will be selected […]


A New Forensic Dogs and Sensors Standard From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 088, General Guidelines for Training, Certification, and Documentation of Canine Detection Disciplines, First Edition, 2020. This standard is produced through ASB’s Dogs and Sensors Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American National Standards […]


YFSF News

REMINDER: YFSF Attendees—Bring Your Own Slides With You!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair This is a reminder that if you want to submit a presentation to the YFSF portion of the Bring Your Own Slides session, don’t forget your slides. Submission requirements can be found HERE, and forms will also be provided at registration in your packet. Submissions will be reviewed […]


YFSF Is Celebrating 25 Years!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair Hello YFSF Attendees! Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee Chair Zain Bhaloo and the committee members—Catherine Brown, Brittany Beyers, Hannah Simmons, and Amber Smith—would like to cordially and personally invite you to the YFSF Special Session Networking Break on Tuesday, February 18, to enjoy some cake and stimulating […]


FSF News

Donations Honoring Carol Henderson

Source: Zeno Geradts, PhD, AAFS Past Presidents Council Chair The AAFS Past Presidents Council is disheartened by the sad news that Carol Henderson passed away. Carol was very involved in forensic science and education. Due to her important commitment to forensic science and her dedication to the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF), the Past Presidents Council […]


2020–21 FSF Field and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Purpose: The FSF Kenneth S. Field Grants (up to $1,500) and the Douglas M. 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 […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC 2020 Accreditation Decision

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At a meeting held January 24, 2020, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) conducted reviews of forensic science programs that applied for accreditation during the 2019 review cycle. The summary of accreditation actions taken by FEPAC are available online through the FEPAC website at […]


FEPAC Accepting Accreditation Applications for 2020/2021 Consideration

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is currently accepting applications for forensic science and forensic digital evidence programs for review during the 2020 review cycle. FEPAC’s primary mission is to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation and […]