Recent News

ASB Newsletter—July 7, 2020

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat Three New Forensic Standards from the ASB The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of three new American National Standards. ANSI/ASB Standard 023—Standard for Training in Forensic DNA Isolation and Purification Methods, First Edition, 2020, provides requirements to ensure proper training in the methods of DNA […]


Announcing a Webinar Series on the OSAC-ASB Process

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD A new Promega® Webinar Series will be held over the next few months. The series is free and open to all. A portion of the abstract is provided here: A series of webinars have been created to provide information and educate the forensic and criminal justice community regarding new and emerging […]


Updated Policy and Procedure Manual Now Available

An updated AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual has been posted to the website here. The Table of Contents is linked to the appropriate pages in order to ease the navigation. The 2020–21 Board of Directors approved the following:  New introductory information under “Section 6. – Committee Activities” that clarifies standard operating protocols Clarification of standard […]


Don’t Miss Out on AAFS Connect!

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, AAFS Content Digitization Ad Hoc Committee Chair and President-Elect Did you miss attending the AAFS meeting in Anaheim, CA, this year? If so, or you missed a workshop because you were in another, check out the AAFS Connect on-demand program that is gaining in popularity! Please take a minute and click […]


2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline

Purpose: The Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant is to provide graduate students with financial assistance to complete their thesis or independent research project as required for a graduate degree in Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. The thesis or research project must be in the field of Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant […]


Spotlight on the Regional Associations—July 2020

Sources: Vincent P. Villena, MS, RAC Chair and Desiree Reid, SAFS Representative to the RAC The 4th organization we are featuring in this month’s Regional Association Committee update is presented by its past president, Desiree Reid, of the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS). On September 9, 1966, forensic scientists from the southern region of […]



Section News

Announcing a Webinar Series on the OSAC-ASB Process

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD A new Promega® Webinar Series will be held over the next few months. The series is free and open to all. A portion of the abstract is provided here: A series of webinars have been created to provide information and educate the forensic and criminal justice community regarding new and emerging […]


General Section News—June 2020

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, General Section Secretary The General Section is accepting nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair Claire Shepard at claire_e_shepard@yahoo.com by August 15, 2020. Award […]


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 AAFS Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 15-20, 2021, in Houston, TX, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The theme for the upcoming meeting is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The […]


Implementation of a Blinded Review Process for Abstracts

In February 2020, the AAFS Board of Directors implemented a policy to extend the review of abstracts to be blinded. The blinded review process is being implemented to ensure impartiality for the selection of the presentations for the Annual Scientific Meeting. The blinded review process applies to all submission types, including abstracts for oral and […]


President's Messages

President’s Spotlight—AAFS Membership Survey

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President and Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD AAFS Vice President and Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee Chair As promised, here is the next Presidential Spotlight in which I have invited the AAFS Board of Directors to contribute to inform the Academy membership of activities and resources of benefit to you. […]


President’s Spotlight—Calling All Members: Provide Your Important Input to the Academy Standards Board Survey

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President Significant historic happenings on June 3: 1904—Charles Richard Drew, African-American physician and surgeon; authority on the preservation of human blood for transfusion and pioneer of blood plasma research was born 1934—Dr. Frederick Banting, the co-inventor of insulin, was knighted 1963—Clarence Gideon is arrested and charged with breaking into […]


AAFS News

Updated Policy and Procedure Manual Now Available

An updated AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual has been posted to the website here. The Table of Contents is linked to the appropriate pages in order to ease the navigation. The 2020–21 Board of Directors approved the following:  New introductory information under “Section 6. – Committee Activities” that clarifies standard operating protocols Clarification of standard […]


Don’t Miss Out on AAFS Connect!

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, AAFS Content Digitization Ad Hoc Committee Chair and President-Elect Did you miss attending the AAFS meeting in Anaheim, CA, this year? If so, or you missed a workshop because you were in another, check out the AAFS Connect on-demand program that is gaining in popularity! Please take a minute and click […]


Spotlight on the Regional Associations—July 2020

Sources: Vincent P. Villena, MS, RAC Chair and Desiree Reid, SAFS Representative to the RAC The 4th organization we are featuring in this month’s Regional Association Committee update is presented by its past president, Desiree Reid, of the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS). On September 9, 1966, forensic scientists from the southern region of […]


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—July 7, 2020

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat Three New Forensic Standards from the ASB The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of three new American National Standards. ANSI/ASB Standard 023—Standard for Training in Forensic DNA Isolation and Purification Methods, First Edition, 2020, provides requirements to ensure proper training in the methods of DNA […]


2020 Call for Members for ASB Consensus Bodies

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is currently accepting applications for openings in the Consensus Bodies. In order to maintain a specific balance across interest categories, the ASB is soliciting members only in the interest categories listed. Click here for a detailed description of the Interest Categories. Please download and complete […]


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

2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline

Purpose: The Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant is to provide graduate students with financial assistance to complete their thesis or independent research project as required for a graduate degree in Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. The thesis or research project must be in the field of Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant […]


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 […]


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 […]