Recent News

70th Annual Scientific Meeting Award Presentations

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in acknowledging your colleagues as they are presented and recognized for the following awards. AAFS Distinguished Fellow Honoree:  Virginia A. Lynch, MSN AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award:  Lavinia Iancu, PhD 2018 Section Award Honorees Anthropology Section’s T. Dale Stewart Award:  P. Willey, PhD J. Lawrence Angel […]


AAFS Annual Meeting Employment Forum & FEPAC University Fair

The AAFS will be hosting its 15th Annual Employment Forum and its 7th Annual University Fair during the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. The purpose is to provide employers and academic programs with the following: Employment Forum — a means for employers and applicants to meet, to exchange information, to conduct informal interviews, or to […]


The AAFS Standards Board Welcomes New Members

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison  The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) welcomed more than 30 new voting members this month as a result of the ASB annual review of membership. In accord with their accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the ASB reviews membership at least annually to ensure that each of […]


Linda Kenney Baden Scheduled to Speak at the Jurisprudence Section Luncheon — Register Now!

Sources:  Stephanie Domitrovich, JD, PhD, Section Chair, and Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary Hello, everyone! The Jurisprudence Section Luncheon will be held in Seattle, WA, at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at noon at the Sheraton Hotel. We are excited to announce that the luncheon speaker is one of […]


AAFS IEOP 2018 — Destination Cuba Update

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, Director of Development & Accreditation Interest in the International Education Outreach Program (IEOP) for 2018 Destination Cuba remains high and current registration numbers indicate this will be among the best attended in IEOP history! I’m sure you’ve heard recent news concerning the changes to United States-Cuba regulations. I wanted to assure […]


FSF Warren-Young Scholarship Award Recipient

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the recipient of the Warren-Young Scholarship Award. Betty H. Davis, a teacher at Lanier High School in Jackson, MS, has been awarded $1,500 to assist in purchasing supplies, equipment, and books to teach concepts of forensic science as part of her school’s science curriculum. In addition, […]



Section News

Linda Kenney Baden Scheduled to Speak at the Jurisprudence Section Luncheon — Register Now!

Sources:  Stephanie Domitrovich, JD, PhD, Section Chair, and Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary Hello, everyone! The Jurisprudence Section Luncheon will be held in Seattle, WA, at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at noon at the Sheraton Hotel. We are excited to announce that the luncheon speaker is one of […]


Section Members Join in Presenting at Highly Acclaimed Symposium

Source:  Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary On October 27 and 28, 2017, Jurisprudence Section members Edward J. Imwinkelried, Jules Epstein, and Andrew Sulner presented at a day-and-a half symposium titled “Experts, Inference and Innocence.” This well-attended and highly acclaimed symposium was presented by Seton Hall University School of Law in honor of the life’s […]


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

2018 Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Information

Source:  Tracie McCray,  AAFS Accounting Assistant Registration will launch during the first week of November. Registration rates are detailed below. Save money by registering before the Pre-Registration Deadline of Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Registration rates increase on Thursday, January 25, 2018, and Special Function registration will no longer be available. AAFS maintains a Frequently Asked Questions page […]


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 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President On October 19, 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the preview reception at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrating the opening of the exhibit Murder is Her Hobby:  Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. The exhibit contains 19 meticulously […]


President’s Message — September 2017

  Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Scientific evidence is a powerful tool in the search for the truth and the pursuit of justice. As forensic scientists, we have a duty to ensure our results and opinions are valid and reliable. Standards and best practice guidelines provide the foundation for our work and […]


AAFS News

70th Annual Scientific Meeting Award Presentations

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in acknowledging your colleagues as they are presented and recognized for the following awards. AAFS Distinguished Fellow Honoree:  Virginia A. Lynch, MSN AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award:  Lavinia Iancu, PhD 2018 Section Award Honorees Anthropology Section’s T. Dale Stewart Award:  P. Willey, PhD J. Lawrence Angel […]


AAFS Annual Meeting Employment Forum & FEPAC University Fair

The AAFS will be hosting its 15th Annual Employment Forum and its 7th Annual University Fair during the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. The purpose is to provide employers and academic programs with the following: Employment Forum — a means for employers and applicants to meet, to exchange information, to conduct informal interviews, or to […]


AAFS IEOP 2018 — Destination Cuba Update

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, Director of Development & Accreditation Interest in the International Education Outreach Program (IEOP) for 2018 Destination Cuba remains high and current registration numbers indicate this will be among the best attended in IEOP history! I’m sure you’ve heard recent news concerning the changes to United States-Cuba regulations. I wanted to assure […]


Staff Corner

2018 Dues Information

2018 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. If […]


AAFS Standards Board

The AAFS Standards Board Welcomes New Members

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison  The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) welcomed more than 30 new voting members this month as a result of the ASB annual review of membership. In accord with their accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the ASB reviews membership at least annually to ensure that each of […]


Consensus in the Standards World

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison Officer Not all standards are developed in a process that requires consensus, balance, openness, and due process. For example, industry standards, consortia standards, and regulatory standards are developed through their own unique documented procedures and are incredibly useful for their intended purposes. However, in the larger United States and […]


YFSF News

You’ve Decided You Want a Career in Forensic Science … Now What?

  Source:  Brittany N. Beyer, MS, YFSF Secretary Welcome to the wonderful world of forensic science. Maybe you took a ride-along with your local law enforcement agency or maybe you saw an episode of whatever iteration CSI is on, and thought, “Huh … that seems cool!” (In reality, it’s not like it is on television!) […]


FSF News

FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize: October 15 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2018 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a wonderful […]


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 […]