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The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship

The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship: Offered Through the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) PURPOSE: The IAFS is an international association focused on bringing together academics, managers, researchers, and scientists from around the world to discuss and to debate issues focal to the forensic science disciplines. The IAFS proclaims its goals and objectives to be: […]


2017 Interdisciplinary Symposium Registration

Source:  Linton A. Mohammed, PhD, Interdisciplinary Symposium Co-Chair The 2017 AAFS Interdisciplinary Symposium will be held on Tuesday, February 14. The theme of the Interdisciplinary Symposium is “The Evolution of Daubert and Its Effects on the Forensic Sciences.”  Attendees will hear from a stellar lineup of speakers including judges, attorneys, academics, and practitioners. The speakers […]


Last Chance to Pre-Register!

Source: Tracie McCray, AAFS Accounting Assistant The AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting Pre-Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 18.  The deadline is firm.  Attendance at all Special Functions (workshops, special sessions, and breakfast and luncheon seminars) is by pre-registration only. Registration forms received after January 18 will be processed at the on-site registration rates and no […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Information for New Orleans

Source:  Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Secretary, and Jeff M. Smith, MS, Section Program Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section officers would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans next month. Thanks to the many fine abstract contributions, […]


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 […]


General Section News & Reminders

Source:  Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Secretary January 2017 As we bid farewell to 2016 and look forward to 2017, the General Section Officers want to wish our membership a Happy New Year.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone in New Orleans next month at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting.  On Wednesday, February 15, […]



Section News

General Section News & Reminders

Source:  Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Secretary January 2017 As we bid farewell to 2016 and look forward to 2017, the General Section Officers want to wish our membership a Happy New Year.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone in New Orleans next month at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting.  On Wednesday, February 15, […]


The University of Florida, Department of Anthropology, Seeks a New Director for the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory

Source: Kate Spradley, PhD, Section Secretary The University of Florida, Department of Anthropology, enthusiastically announces the search for a new director of the internationally renowned C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory (http://www.poundlab.org/). An appointment will be made at the associate or full professor level, commensurate with the top candidate’s experience. This position will begin in Fall […]


AAFS Policy Statements

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization with a major objective of improving practice within the field of forensic science. The organization recognizes the need for improvement, where needed, and view the findings in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report as notice of needed validation and […]


Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science

Last Chance to Pre-Register!

Source: Tracie McCray, AAFS Accounting Assistant The AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting Pre-Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 18.  The deadline is firm.  Attendance at all Special Functions (workshops, special sessions, and breakfast and luncheon seminars) is by pre-registration only. Registration forms received after January 18 will be processed at the on-site registration rates and no […]


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 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 […]


AAFS News

2017 Interdisciplinary Symposium Registration

Source:  Linton A. Mohammed, PhD, Interdisciplinary Symposium Co-Chair The 2017 AAFS Interdisciplinary Symposium will be held on Tuesday, February 14. The theme of the Interdisciplinary Symposium is “The Evolution of Daubert and Its Effects on the Forensic Sciences.”  Attendees will hear from a stellar lineup of speakers including judges, attorneys, academics, and practitioners. The speakers […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Information for New Orleans

Source:  Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Secretary, and Jeff M. Smith, MS, Section Program Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section officers would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans next month. Thanks to the many fine abstract contributions, […]


National Commission on Forensic Science – Statistician Vacancy Solicitation – DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Federal Register Notice for the National Commission on Forensic Science Statistician vacancy was posted December 27.  Application instructions are included in the notice and should be submitted by Wednesday, January 11, 2017. The solicitation for applications for additional statistician Commission membership has been extended to 11:59 pm on Jan 26th. For more information, visit: […]


Staff Corner

2017 Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

Source: Tracie McCray, AAFS Accounting Assistant Registration is now available for the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. The online registration system requires payment with a credit or debit card. If you need to pay using another method (i.e., purchase order or check), please use the .pdf registration form found here: https://www.aafs.org/meetings/registration-information/. Please contact Tracie McCray […]


AAFS Meetings Accommodations UPDATE

This article is out of date, please see: Important Hyatt Regency Accommodations Reservation Information or the AAFS Accommodations page for the most recent information. The NBA has announced it will move its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC.  New Orleans has been proposed as an alternative, with the game day proposed as Sunday, February 19, 2017.  The move […]


AAFS Standards Board

Why Do We Need an SDO if We Have the OSAC?

Bradford J. Wing, MS, Secretariat, AAFS Standards Board SDO is a term meaning Standards Development Organization. OSAC stands for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees. The AAFS has established an SDO called the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) that works closely with OSAC to develop voluntary consensus standards, technical reports, and best practice recommendations. OSAC is […]


ASB News – July 2016

Source: Brad Wing, MS The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) has notified candidates of their selection for four Consensus Bodies: Disaster Victim Identification, DNA, Friction Ridge, and Wildlife Forensics. Approximately every two weeks, the ASB will announce selections for more Consensus Bodies. The next group will include: Anthropology, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Firearms […]


In Memoriam

YFSF News

Young Forensic Scientists Forum News – July 2016

Editors: Jacob Griffin, MS, and Ashley Foster, MAS A Letter From the YFSF President The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is excited to be starting a busy summer planning for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting. This July newsletter is the first to be published by this year’s YFSF committee. Please take the time to read […]


FSF News

The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship

The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship: Offered Through the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) PURPOSE: The IAFS is an international association focused on bringing together academics, managers, researchers, and scientists from around the world to discuss and to debate issues focal to the forensic science disciplines. The IAFS proclaims its goals and objectives to be: […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation 2016-17 Student Travel Grant Winners

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce the winners of the “FSF Student Travel Grant Award” essay contest:  Catherine O. Brown, MSFS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Claire M. Cartozzo, MSFS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Clare M. Fried, BS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Nicole M. Novroski, MS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Julia R. Prince-Buitenhuys, MA, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Beatriz A. Pujols, BS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Kelly A. Sauerwein, MA, Student […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Calls for Comments on Proposed Updates to Forensic Science Standards

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development and 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 adequately evaluate educational quality and are relevant […]


FEPAC Proposes Forensic Investigation Standards – Call for Comments

The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is asking for your comments on and reaction to the proposed standards shown below for academic programs in forensic investigation and related areas. Background: FEPAC has recently been discussing the possibility of expanding the scope of its accreditation activities to areas other than classic forensic science/criminalistics. A […]