Recent News

An Exclusive Offer for AAFS Members & Affiliates

CRC Press is proud to partner with the Forensic Sciences Foundation which serves as the educational arm of AAFS. We are excited to feature books concerning forensic science and to offer a 30% Discount to AAFS members on your entire purchase* + FREE Shipping. CLICK HERE to unlock this special offer. Landing page link: www.crcpress.com/go/american_academy_of_forensic_sciences?utm_source=banner_ad&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=B180901226 *Valid […]


Make Plans to Compete for the 2019 Academy Cup!

Source: Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair The modest Mentorship in Motion has grown into the go-for-the-roses Academy Cup. This anticipated event culminates in the awarding of the Academy Cup at the Annual Business Meeting. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 20, at 8:00 a.m. Come early and be prepared for excitement, suspense, teamwork, […]


President’s Message—October 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 AAFS President Disney World® opened to the public in 1971. As the first guests passed through the entryway onto magical Main Street, the majestic railroad soared above. Ahead, Cinderella’s castle promised entrance into a dream world of rides and shows. Walt Disney knew how to give each guest the […]


FEPAC Proposes Changes to Accreditation Standards—Call for Comment

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development & Accreditation Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.10 Review of Standards states that FEPAC is tasked with conducting ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards in order to verify that they evaluate educational quality and are relevant […]



Section News

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 […]


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

2018 Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Information

Source:  Tracie McCray,  AAFS Accounting Assistant The Pre-Registration deadline has passed. All registrations will now be processed at the on-site price. AAFS maintains a Frequently Asked Questions page located here https://www.aafs.org/meetings/faq/. Registration Category On-Site Registration Rate AAFS Members & Trainee Affiliates $450 AAFS Applicants* $450 AAFS Student Affiliates* $125 AAFS Retired Fellows $0 Non-Members $575 Non-Member […]


General Section Theme Article

Source:  Dayle L. Hinman, BS Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science Many people spend their careers immersed in the day-to day-activities and challenges of their chosen profession.  Special indeed are those individuals who have the ability to share effectively their knowledge and abilities to better the wider professional community.  Remarkable is […]


President's Messages

President’s Message—October 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 AAFS President Disney World® opened to the public in 1971. As the first guests passed through the entryway onto magical Main Street, the majestic railroad soared above. Ahead, Cinderella’s castle promised entrance into a dream world of rides and shows. Walt Disney knew how to give each guest the […]


President’s Message—July 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President In Havana, Cuba, in 1947, “the father of forensic pathology,” Dr. Rutherford B.H. Gradwohl, met with Dr. Israel Castellanos, the Director of the Cuban National Identification Office. They met to plan the first meeting of the Pan-American Medical-Legal Congress, which convened in St. Louis, MO, in 1948. Later […]


AAFS News

An Exclusive Offer for AAFS Members & Affiliates

CRC Press is proud to partner with the Forensic Sciences Foundation which serves as the educational arm of AAFS. We are excited to feature books concerning forensic science and to offer a 30% Discount to AAFS members on your entire purchase* + FREE Shipping. CLICK HERE to unlock this special offer. Landing page link: www.crcpress.com/go/american_academy_of_forensic_sciences?utm_source=banner_ad&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=B180901226 *Valid […]


Make Plans to Compete for the 2019 Academy Cup!

Source: Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair The modest Mentorship in Motion has grown into the go-for-the-roses Academy Cup. This anticipated event culminates in the awarding of the Academy Cup at the Annual Business Meeting. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 20, at 8:00 a.m. Come early and be prepared for excitement, suspense, teamwork, […]


The Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences (BAFS) Second interFORENSICS Conference

Source: Tanisha V. Henson, MFS, AAFS/FSF Liaison for BAFS Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship Program The BAFS will be hosting its second interFORENSICS conference in the beautiful city of São Paulo, Brazil, May 21–24, 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity to present on an international level and visit Brazil. This Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship is ONLY […]


Staff Corner

2019 Membership Dues Information

2019 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 card. […]


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

A New Forensic Standard From the AAFS Standards Board (ASB)

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB is pleased to announce the publication of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) /ASB Standard 020, Standard for Validation Studies of DNA Mixtures, and Development and Verification of a Laboratory’s Mixture Interpretation Protocol, First Edition, 2018. This standard is produced through ASB’s DNA Consensus Body in a consensus […]


International Forensics Standards

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison, and Julie A. Howe, MBA, ASB Board Member The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced the publication of the following two new international forensic science standards: ISO 21043-1:2018 Forensic sciences—Part 1: Terms and definitions; https://www.iso.org/obp/ui#iso:std:iso:21043:-1:ed-1:v1:en ISO 21043-2:2018 Forensic sciences—Part 2: Recognition, recording, collecting, transport and storage of […]


YFSF News

YFSF Abstract Submission Deadline is November 1!

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is still accepting abstracts for its poster sessions at the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The submission deadline is November 1! New this year—to submit an abstract to YFSF, you must log in to the AAFS portal (create […]


New YFSF Submission Deadlines and Special Session Update

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair As part of the redesigned Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF), our committee is excited to update you regarding our upcoming activities and submission deadlines: Poster Session: The YFSF Poster Session will now take place within the AAFS multidisciplinary poster sessions occurring Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the […]


FSF News

2018-19 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize: October 15 Deadline

Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2019 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a […]


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 […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Proposes Changes to Accreditation Standards—Call for Comment

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development & Accreditation Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.10 Review of Standards states that FEPAC is tasked with conducting ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards in order to verify that they evaluate educational quality and are relevant […]


2018 FEPAC Accreditation Decisions

At its February 2018 Annual Meeting, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) conducted reviews of forensic science programs that had applied for accreditation during the 2016 review cycle. The summary of accreditation actions taken by FEPAC are available online through the FEPAC website http://fepac-edu.org. The document, FEPAC 2018 Accreditation Decisions, is available under […]