Recent News

Three New Forensic Documents From the AAFS Standards Board (ASB)

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of three new documents. Best Practice Recommendation 006, Best Practice Recommendation for Planning DNA Sample Collection and Analysis for the Identification Process in Mass Fatality Incidents. This guide aims to provide information that allows jurisdictions to prepare for a mass […]


Do You Want to Serve on the AAFS Diversity & Outreach Committee?

The Academy’s Diversity & Outreach Committee, now in its second year of service, is comprised of a Chair (currently, Nikolas P. Lemos, Toxicology) and at least five, but no more than ten, additional AAFS members or affiliates to serve on the Committee for a one-year term with a limit of three consecutive terms. The Committee […]


Spotlight on the Regional Associations

Source: Tom A. Brettell, PhD, Regional Association Committee Chair Greetings from the Criminalistics Section Regional Associations Committee (RAC)! As part of the RAC’s efforts to increase communication and collaboration between the many regional associations in the United States, the upcoming Academy Newsfeeds will feature information and updates from each of the associations represented in the […]


2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Information

Source: Heather Jefferson, AAFS Accounting Assistant The pre-registration deadline was January 23. Forms must have been received by this date to qualify for the pre-registration rate and to register for Special Functions. Registration forms received after January 23 are processed as on-site registrations. Three Ways to Register Register online through your AAFS Account Portal. Scan and […]


President’s Message—January 2019

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President During my undergraduate studies, one of my professors queried the class with the question: Would you allow ten suspected murderers to be released to ensure an innocent person wouldn’t remain in prison? Due to the passage of time, I cannot emphatically state the question is correctly phrased, but […]



Section News

Do You Want to Serve on the AAFS Diversity & Outreach Committee?

The Academy’s Diversity & Outreach Committee, now in its second year of service, is comprised of a Chair (currently, Nikolas P. Lemos, Toxicology) and at least five, but no more than ten, additional AAFS members or affiliates to serve on the Committee for a one-year term with a limit of three consecutive terms. The Committee […]


Spotlight on the Regional Associations

Source: Tom A. Brettell, PhD, Regional Association Committee Chair Greetings from the Criminalistics Section Regional Associations Committee (RAC)! As part of the RAC’s efforts to increase communication and collaboration between the many regional associations in the United States, the upcoming Academy Newsfeeds will feature information and updates from each of the associations represented in the […]


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

2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Information

Source: Heather Jefferson, AAFS Accounting Assistant The pre-registration deadline was January 23. Forms must have been received by this date to qualify for the pre-registration rate and to register for Special Functions. Registration forms received after January 23 are processed as on-site registrations. Three Ways to Register Register online through your AAFS Account Portal. Scan and […]


Who Will Win the 2019 Academy Cup?

Source: Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair Who will win this year’s Academy Cup—that shining beacon of forensic knowledge that the winning team will earn? Bragging rights are included. Will it be your section? Will you be a participant? Contact your section team captain to be included. The Academy Cup will be held Wednesday, […]


President's Messages

President’s Message—January 2019

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President During my undergraduate studies, one of my professors queried the class with the question: Would you allow ten suspected murderers to be released to ensure an innocent person wouldn’t remain in prison? Due to the passage of time, I cannot emphatically state the question is correctly phrased, but […]


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 […]


AAFS News

Forensic Magazine Highlight the AAFS 71st Annual Scientific Meeting

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 AAFS President Forensic Magazine, which seeks, identifies, and reports on topics that matter to forensic professionals, has chosen to write a preview of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 71st Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in Baltimore next month, February 18–23. The preview highlights intriguing topics, unusual cases, […]


Last Call for FSF Silent Auction Donations

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) conducts a Silent Auction at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. The FSF depends on donations from members, meeting attendees, and exhibitors for a successful auction. Please consider donating an item that would encourage lively bidding (author-signed books, apparel or coffee mugs with your agency logo, or other fun, forensic-related items). The proceeds […]


The NIJ Promotes the AAFS HHRRC Via “Just Science” Podcast

Source: Douglas H. Ubelaker, PhD, AAFS HHRRC Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) seeks to promote humanitarian and human rights in the field of forensic sciences with the support of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) helps to support key […]


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

Three New Forensic Documents From the AAFS Standards Board (ASB)

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of three new documents. Best Practice Recommendation 006, Best Practice Recommendation for Planning DNA Sample Collection and Analysis for the Identification Process in Mass Fatality Incidents. This guide aims to provide information that allows jurisdictions to prepare for a mass […]


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

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 037, Guidelines for Opinions and Testimony in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2018. This standard is produced through ASB’s Toxicology Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The standard is based […]


YFSF News

Remember to Pre-Register for the 2019 YFSF Special Session (No Fee)!

Source:  Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee would like to remind all interested young scientists to pre-register for the YFSF Special Session, taking place on Tuesday, February 19, during the AAFS Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The Special Session is filled with presentations from prominent AAFS members, spanning […]


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 […]


FSF News

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 […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Accreditations Now Being Accepted for 2019/2020 Review

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is accepting applications for forensic science and forensic digital evidence programs for review during the 2019 review cycle. FEPAC’s primary mission is to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation and accreditation […]


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 […]