Recent News

YFSF Wants You!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair Hello everyone! We are eagerly getting ready for this year’s Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session! We look forward to seeing you there! We wanted to reach out to everyone to let you know that this year we will be looking to fill TWO spots on the YFSF […]


YFSF Wants You!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair Hello everyone! We are eagerly getting ready for this year’s Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session! We look forward to seeing you there! We wanted to reach out to everyone to let you know that this year we will be looking to fill TWO spots on the YFSF […]


2023 Annual Business Meeting – Voting Member Documents

Pursuant to AAFS policies, specific documents must be provided to the Voting Members (Members, Fellows, Retired Members, Retired Fellows, and Associate Members approved for promotion to Member at the meeting) of the Academy prior to the Annual Business Meeting.  The following documents are available online in your AAFS member portal: 2022 Annual Business Meeting Minutes […]


General Section Nominations

In accordance with the General Section Policy and Procedure Manual, the Nominating Committee published a call for section nominations on the AAFS Newsfeed for the positions of Section Director, Chair, and Secretary. The Nominating Committee consisting of Paul Kish, TL Williams, and William Andrews unanimously nominated: Claire Shepard – Full Term as Section Director Melissa Connor […]


The FSF International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship—February 8 Deadline

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 debate issues focal to the forensic science disciplines. The IAFS proclaims its goals and objectives to be: “to […]


Are You Interested in Serving on a Committee?

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, AAFS Assistant Director This year, AAFS launched a new feature in your membership portal that allows you to express interest in volunteering for a section committee or Academy-wide committee. As the meeting gets closer, committee chairs will be looking to fill committee vacancies for the coming year. If you are interested in […]



Section News

General Section Nominations

In accordance with the General Section Policy and Procedure Manual, the Nominating Committee published a call for section nominations on the AAFS Newsfeed for the positions of Section Director, Chair, and Secretary. The Nominating Committee consisting of Paul Kish, TL Williams, and William Andrews unanimously nominated: Claire Shepard – Full Term as Section Director Melissa Connor […]


Some “Red Flags” in an Active Shooter

In July, the Forensic Nursing Science Section posted an article by Cliff Akiyama providing information on active shooter incidents. This month we would like to provide an update to that article with “red flags” for this type of scenario. Forensic nurses and those in charge with the direct care of individuals must learn to counter […]


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

Volunteer at the AAFS 75th Anniversary Conference!

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Conference depends on the dedication and generosity of our volunteers to host a successful event for the forensic science community. Volunteer opportunities are now open for any attendee who wishes to help support AAFS and the AAFS Conference. AAFS Student Affiliates and non-members are eligible to […]


President's Messages

Presidential Spotlight on the Forensic Nursing Science Section

This month’s Presidential Spotlight focuses on the Academy’s newest section—the Forensic Nursing Science Section. This article provides an introduction to the section as well as the discipline’s history. Sources: Virginia A. Lynch, MSN, RN, AAFS Retired Fellow, and Joyce P. Williams, DNP, RN, Section Chair Genesis of a New Era of Forensic Science Forensic nursing […]


Presidential Spotlight—AAFS IEOP Summary

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) delegation to Croatia returned Sunday after a week of collaboration with our forensic science counterparts and touring the beautiful cities of Zagreb and Dubrovnik. Professor Dragan Primorac was our host during this extraordinary visit. Dragan is a long-time member of […]


AAFS News

2023 Annual Business Meeting – Voting Member Documents

Pursuant to AAFS policies, specific documents must be provided to the Voting Members (Members, Fellows, Retired Members, Retired Fellows, and Associate Members approved for promotion to Member at the meeting) of the Academy prior to the Annual Business Meeting.  The following documents are available online in your AAFS member portal: 2022 Annual Business Meeting Minutes […]


The FSF International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship—February 8 Deadline

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 debate issues focal to the forensic science disciplines. The IAFS proclaims its goals and objectives to be: “to […]


Are You Interested in Serving on a Committee?

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, AAFS Assistant Director This year, AAFS launched a new feature in your membership portal that allows you to express interest in volunteering for a section committee or Academy-wide committee. As the meeting gets closer, committee chairs will be looking to fill committee vacancies for the coming year. If you are interested in […]


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

ASB Newsletter—June 17, 2022

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat   AAFS Factsheets on ASB, ASTM, and NFPA Standards Now Available! The AAFS Standards Factsheets provide a concise summary of each standard and facilitate broader understanding, they also highlight the purpose of a standard, why it is needed, and the benefits of adoption. Factsheets are in continuous production and more […]


ASB Newsletter—June 3, 2022

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat AAFS Factsheets on ASB, ASTM, and NFPA Standards Now Available! The AAFS Standards Factsheets provide a concise summary of each standard and facilitate broader understanding, they also highlight the purpose of a standard, why it is needed, and the benefits of adoption. Factsheets are in continuous production and more are […]


YFSF News

YFSF Wants You!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair Hello everyone! We are eagerly getting ready for this year’s Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session! We look forward to seeing you there! We wanted to reach out to everyone to let you know that this year we will be looking to fill TWO spots on the YFSF […]


YFSF Wants You!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair Hello everyone! We are eagerly getting ready for this year’s Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session! We look forward to seeing you there! We wanted to reach out to everyone to let you know that this year we will be looking to fill TWO spots on the YFSF […]


FSF News

FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship Winner Announced!

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the recipient of the FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship! Jose P. Baraybar, PhD, of Paris, France was selected based on his abstract submission, BRSSA: A Mobile Application Designed to Support Collection of Appropriate Biological Relatives in the Field. The Henry C. Lee Scholarship will award Dr. […]


2022–23 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Recipient

  The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Tori L. Schaffer, BS, has been awarded the 2022–23 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Separation of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide and its Analogs by High-Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography. The grant consists of $1,850, a plaque, complimentary meeting registration at […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Welcomes New Commissioners

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At a recent meeting, three new Commissioners were selected to serve on the AAFS Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Pursuant to FEPAC Policies & Procedures, the newly elected FEPAC officers meet all requirements outlined.  Please refer to FEPAC Policies & Procedures, Policy 2 Accreditation Commission for […]


FEPAC 2022 Accreditation Decisions

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, FEPAC Accreditation Coordinator At a recent meeting held February 19, 2022, the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) concluded its review of programs seeking FEPAC accreditation or reaccreditation during the 2021 cycle. The accreditation decisions are: Alfred State – SUNY College of Technology, Alfred, NY Bachelor of Science in Forensic […]