Recent News

Reminder: YFSF Poster Submission Deadline Is November 1!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair It is exciting times as we prepare for the 2022 AAFS Annual Scientific Conference. The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Sessions line up is pretty well finalized and you will not be disappointed! Your Special Sessions Committee worked very hard to line up some spectacular speakers! Also, don’t forget—the […]


The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Is Looking to Expand Certification Examination Management Groups (CEMGs)

Source: Daniel N. Hankinson, MS, ABC President, and Audra C. Yovanovich, MSFS, ABC Examination Committee Chair  With the recent addition of the Biological Evidence Screening (BIO) and Forensic DNA (DNA) certification examinations, field testing of the Foundational Knowledge Exam (FKE), and the continuing development of future examinations in our quest for International Organization for Standardization […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Announces New Associate Editor

Source:  Michael A. Peat, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences       I am delighted to announce that the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) has appointed a new Associate Editor (AE), Marta Concheiro-Guisan, PharmD, PhD. Dr. Concheiro-Guisan is Assistant Professor in Toxicology, Department of Sciences, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice – City University of New […]


The Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Is Seeking 2022 Moderators

Source: Jason M. Paroff, JD, Section Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section is seeking volunteers from the section who are interested in moderating a block of presentations during our Scientific Program currently scheduled for February 24–25, 2022. As many of you know, the 2022 conference will be a hybrid event. This means people who […]


ASB Newsletter—October 15, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 107, Best Practice Recommendation for Measuring Trigger Pull of a Firearm and Estimating Its Uncertainty, First Edition (Comment […]



Section News

The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Is Looking to Expand Certification Examination Management Groups (CEMGs)

Source: Daniel N. Hankinson, MS, ABC President, and Audra C. Yovanovich, MSFS, ABC Examination Committee Chair  With the recent addition of the Biological Evidence Screening (BIO) and Forensic DNA (DNA) certification examinations, field testing of the Foundational Knowledge Exam (FKE), and the continuing development of future examinations in our quest for International Organization for Standardization […]


ABC At-Large Position Announcement

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is recruiting for an At-Large Director to serve on the Board of Directors (BoD).  The candidate is voted in by the BoD for a three-year term. This three-year term will expire at the conclusion of the February 2025 ABC board meeting. […]


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

Now Accepting Workshop Proposals!

We are excited to announce that you are now able to submit a workshop proposal for the AAFS 2022 Annual Scientific Conference. Workshops are a very important part of our meeting and your willingness to help the Academy in this endeavor is sincerely appreciated. Workshop proposals will be submitted through the new Abstract Online Submission System. […]


President's Messages

President’s Spotlight—Stable Isotope Forensics: Applications to Unidentified Human Remains Cases

During the year, we will present presidential spotlights for each section to highlight the latest significant research or improvements within its discipline. Examples include cutting-edge technology, standards, or methods that improve the practice. Alternatively, they may show a historical account/timeline of the discipline’s use of innovative technology or research. These are presented to inform all […]


President’s Spotlight—July 2021

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President Greetings members! As we approach the middle of our summer season, I’ve taken the time to update you on happenings within the Academy. Some of the staff and your board members have had opportunities to partake of much-needed breaks; however, they have not been idle with respect […]


AAFS News

Journal of Forensic Sciences Announces New Associate Editor

Source:  Michael A. Peat, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences       I am delighted to announce that the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) has appointed a new Associate Editor (AE), Marta Concheiro-Guisan, PharmD, PhD. Dr. Concheiro-Guisan is Assistant Professor in Toxicology, Department of Sciences, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice – City University of New […]


The Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Is Seeking 2022 Moderators

Source: Jason M. Paroff, JD, Section Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section is seeking volunteers from the section who are interested in moderating a block of presentations during our Scientific Program currently scheduled for February 24–25, 2022. As many of you know, the 2022 conference will be a hybrid event. This means people who […]


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—October 15, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 107, Best Practice Recommendation for Measuring Trigger Pull of a Firearm and Estimating Its Uncertainty, First Edition (Comment […]


ASB Newsletter—October 1, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The public comment period has opened for: Recirculation* – ASB Standard 098, Standard for Mass Spectral Analysis in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition (Comment Deadline, November 22, 2021) Recirculation* – ASB Standard […]


YFSF News

Reminder: YFSF Poster Submission Deadline Is November 1!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair It is exciting times as we prepare for the 2022 AAFS Annual Scientific Conference. The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Sessions line up is pretty well finalized and you will not be disappointed! Your Special Sessions Committee worked very hard to line up some spectacular speakers! Also, don’t forget—the […]


YFSF Special Session Update for Seattle 2022!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair Hello everyone! We hope you are as excited about the upcoming conference as we are! The prospect of finally being able to meet in person is fantastic—we can’t wait for you to see the lineup of speakers we are working on for the 27th Annual Young Forensic Scientists Forum […]


FSF News

FSF Student Travel Grant: October 15 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2022 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Conferencein Seattle, WA. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $24,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary conference registration. This is a wonderful opportunity, […]


FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship for International AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Attendees: September 1 Deadline

Purpose:  The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) will fund a limited number of American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) international member registrations for the 2022 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting through a “Scholarship Program.” Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: • Only members or affiliates of the AAFS who have never attended an annual meeting and who reside outside of […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 3.5 Faculty

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a […]


FEPAC Calls for Comments on Proposed Crime Scene Investigation Standards

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator 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 Crime Scene Investigation. Background: Based on surveys conducted over the past several years, FEPAC has developed a set of standards […]