Recent News

Sexual Assault and Prevention Awareness of Human Trafficking

Source:  Joyce Williams, DNP, General Section Fellow Human trafficking has received more visibility worldwide and is the fastest form of commerce nationally. Because it is such a lucrative business, preventative attempts are seen in many states. The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report provides profit statistics for forced labor/labor trafficking and sex trafficking annually. In 2014, […]


National Commission on Forensic Science

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, Criminalistics Section Board of Directors Representative The Department of Justice extended an invitation to the AAFS to attend the 13th Meeting of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) in Washington, DC, on April 10-11. As the Criminalistics Section Board of Directors Representative, I was given the privilege of […]


Pathology/Biology Section News – April 2017

Source:  David O. Carter, PhD, Section Secretary 2017 Annual Meeting Overview The 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in New Orleans, LA, proved to be a success. First, thank you to all contributors and participants. The annual meeting could not exist without you. Without the hard work of Pathology/Biology Section […]


Virginia Addressing Sexual Assault Kits on Multiple Fronts

Source: Linda C. Jackson, AAFS Member, Criminalistics Section For the past three years, Virginia has been working to completely overhaul the way sexual assault kits or Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERKs) are handled in the Commonwealth. Through bipartisan legislative efforts, multidisciplinary stakeholder work groups, sexual assault kit grants, and state funds, Virginia is pursuing multiple approaches […]


Forensics Uncut

On Friday, April 14, 2017, Board of Directors member C. Ken Williams spoke at a presentation of the Forensics Uncut student group at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ken spoke to the group about his personal journey as a person of color in the field of forensic science and the role that the American Academy of Forensic […]


2018 Meeting Theme: “Science Matters.” Abstract Submissions Will Be Open Soon!

Source:  Christine Funk, JD, Program Chair April is here! It won’t be long before the Academy opens Abstract Submissions. The submission deadline is August 1, 2017. This year’s meeting theme is “Science Matters,” focusing on broadening AAFS and forensic science horizons. Under this umbrella, we are focusing on Research, Diversity, and Communication. Research:  By emphasizing […]



Section News

Pathology/Biology Section News – April 2017

Source:  David O. Carter, PhD, Section Secretary 2017 Annual Meeting Overview The 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in New Orleans, LA, proved to be a success. First, thank you to all contributors and participants. The annual meeting could not exist without you. Without the hard work of Pathology/Biology Section […]


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 […]


Science Matters

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

Message From the AAFS President — April 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President Message to the Membership: On March 7, 2017, the AAFS Board of Directors requested input from the membership on two pieces of legislation proposed by the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO), of which AAFS is a member. The two pieces of federal legislation concerned:  (1) the […]


AAFS President’s Message March 2017

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE One month into my term as your President, I am even more thankful to Immediate Past President John Gerns for his leadership and mentorship.  Without John’s diligent planning, the New Orleans meeting would not have been a success in his absence.  Without his transparency about the issues and decisions he faced during his […]


AAFS News

Sexual Assault and Prevention Awareness of Human Trafficking

Source:  Joyce Williams, DNP, General Section Fellow Human trafficking has received more visibility worldwide and is the fastest form of commerce nationally. Because it is such a lucrative business, preventative attempts are seen in many states. The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report provides profit statistics for forced labor/labor trafficking and sex trafficking annually. In 2014, […]


National Commission on Forensic Science

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, Criminalistics Section Board of Directors Representative The Department of Justice extended an invitation to the AAFS to attend the 13th Meeting of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) in Washington, DC, on April 10-11. As the Criminalistics Section Board of Directors Representative, I was given the privilege of […]


Virginia Addressing Sexual Assault Kits on Multiple Fronts

Source: Linda C. Jackson, AAFS Member, Criminalistics Section For the past three years, Virginia has been working to completely overhaul the way sexual assault kits or Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERKs) are handled in the Commonwealth. Through bipartisan legislative efforts, multidisciplinary stakeholder work groups, sexual assault kit grants, and state funds, Virginia is pursuing multiple approaches […]


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

AAFS ASB Staff and Board of Directors Praised

Source: Mary McKiel, PhD ASB, the Academy Standards Board of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), was instituted in 2015 and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a provider of consensus-based forensic standards, guides and technical reports.  Since its inception, the 13 new consensus bodies of the ASB have initiated more than […]


The AAFS Academy Standards Board in Full Swing

Source: Mary McKiel, PhD In less than a year, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) standards developing organization, the Academy Standards Board (ASB), has established 13 consensus bodies with more than 27 standards projects underway. Seven documents are already at the working draft stage and include best practice recommendations for such areas as Mass Fatality […]


YFSF News

InterFORENSICS Conference Scholarship Opportunity

Source: Tanisha Henson, MFS, AAFS Fellow, General Section Welcome home from an amazing week in New Orleans! During the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, an amazing scholarship opportunity was presented to participate in the InterFORENSICS conference. This will be held by the Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences in the capital city […]


FSF News

2017 FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Winners: D’Nisha D. Hamblin and Lindsay Glicksberg

The 18th Annual Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted in New Orleans, LA.  The following presenters were selected as the 2017 winners by a panel of judges:  D’Nisha D. Hamblin, MSFS, was selected for her presentation entitled Evaluation of a New Technology for the Collection and Analysis of Breath Components […]


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

Purpose: The Jan Grant Award 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 Eligibility Requirements: • The […]


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 […]