Recent News

Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Mary Fran Ernst, BLS, 2001-2002 AAFS President

In continued celebration of National Women’s History Month, we honor the work of the female American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Presidents who have produced lasting effects on the quality of forensic science training and education. Although forensic science educational programs are common today, that was not always the case. Similarly, professional training programs in […]


2017 Anthropology Awards

Source: Jennifer C. Love, PhD, Section Secretary Please join me in congratulating our colleagues who received awards during the AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting. The T. Dale Stewart Award — Julie Saul and Frank Saul were awarded the 2017 T. Dale Stewart Award for their outstanding contributions to forensic anthropology. We look forward to passing […]


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 […]


Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Patricia J. McFeeley, MD, 1999-2000 AAFS President

Source: Nancy Jackson, AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation This month, we recognize and honor the many achievements of the female American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Past Presidents to celebrate National Women’s History Month. Of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, forensic science is the most subject diverse, encompassing all of 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 […]



Section News

2017 Anthropology Awards

Source: Jennifer C. Love, PhD, Section Secretary Please join me in congratulating our colleagues who received awards during the AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting. The T. Dale Stewart Award — Julie Saul and Frank Saul were awarded the 2017 T. Dale Stewart Award for their outstanding contributions to forensic anthropology. We look forward to passing […]


Section Member Donald Shelton Makes the News for His Contribution to the AAFS Program

Source:  Pamela A.W. King, JD, Jurisprudence Section Secretary Retired Judge Donald Shelton’s presentation at the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) was reported on in Forensic Magazine. Here is the link:  http://www.forensicmag.com/article/2017/02/judges-lawyers-and-scientists-why-cant-we-all-just-get-along.


AAFS Policy Statements

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization with a major objective of improving practice within the field of forensic science. The organization recognizes the need for improvement, where needed, and view the findings in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report as notice of needed validation and […]


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

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 […]


President’s Message — October 2016

Source: John E. Gerns, MFS, 2016-17 President As summer comes to an end and fall begins knocking on our door, I have just returned from a part of the world where spring is beginning — I am speaking of New Zealand. This year, the AAFS International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) took place in New Zealand, also […]


AAFS News

Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Mary Fran Ernst, BLS, 2001-2002 AAFS President

In continued celebration of National Women’s History Month, we honor the work of the female American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Presidents who have produced lasting effects on the quality of forensic science training and education. Although forensic science educational programs are common today, that was not always the case. Similarly, professional training programs in […]


Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Patricia J. McFeeley, MD, 1999-2000 AAFS President

Source: Nancy Jackson, AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation This month, we recognize and honor the many achievements of the female American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Past Presidents to celebrate National Women’s History Month. Of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, forensic science is the most subject diverse, encompassing all of the […]


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 […]