Recent News

Nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt Awards for 2022 Due August 15

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary General Section Colleagues, The General Section continues to accept nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2022 AAFS conference. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair Claire Shepard at claire_e_shepard@yahoo.com by August 15, 2021. […]


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 […]


California Association of Toxicologists Virtual Meeting on August 4-5, 2021

Sources: Sabra Jones, MS, Toxicology Section Chair  The California Association of Toxicologists (CAT) is holding its first virtual meeting on August 4-5, 2021. It is a two-day FREE event that anyone can sign up for. Continuing Education credits will be available. Click HERE for full agenda. To register for this free event, go to: https://caot.wildapricot.org/event-4136076 […]


Forensic Science Organization to Draft Standards for Sexual Assault Examinations

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST OSAC seeks qualified applicants for new forensic nursing subcommittee The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), which is administered by NIST, will launch a new subcommittee that will draft standards for collecting physical evidence […]


Are You Considering Promoting to Member or Fellow?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher membership status are encouraged to submit an application for promotion.  Benefits of promoting to a higher membership status include: Members and Fellows are voting members and have an opportunity to have a voice in AAFS Bylaws, policies, decision-making, etc.; Fellows […]



Section News

Nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt Awards for 2022 Due August 15

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary General Section Colleagues, The General Section continues to accept nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2022 AAFS conference. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair Claire Shepard at claire_e_shepard@yahoo.com by August 15, 2021. […]


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—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 […]


President’s Spotlight—The Molecular Autopsy: A New Tool for Forensic Pathologists

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 […]


AAFS News

Forensic Science Organization to Draft Standards for Sexual Assault Examinations

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST OSAC seeks qualified applicants for new forensic nursing subcommittee The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), which is administered by NIST, will launch a new subcommittee that will draft standards for collecting physical evidence […]


Are You Considering Promoting to Member or Fellow?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher membership status are encouraged to submit an application for promotion.  Benefits of promoting to a higher membership status include: Members and Fellows are voting members and have an opportunity to have a voice in AAFS Bylaws, policies, decision-making, etc.; Fellows […]


Student and Trainee Affiliates—Annual Eligibility Coming Soon

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator Those with the temporary status of Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Student Affiliates—If you are enrolled in a program relevant to forensic science, you are required to submit the annual Student Affiliate Eligibility Form, completed by your academic advisor. Masters and doctorate students in the Anthropology […]


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—July 16, 2021

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat Training on Manual and Style Guide for ASB Standards, Guidelines, Best Practice Recommendations, and Technical Reports and the ASB Supplemental Style Guide The ASB has published an updated Manual and Style Guide for ASB Standards, Guidelines, Best Practice Recommendations, and Technical Reports and we now have an ASB Supplemental Style […]


ASB Newsletter—June 25, 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: ASB Standard 138, Standard for Collection of Known DNA Samples from Domestic Mammals, First Edition (Comment Deadline, August 9, 2021) The following documents are […]


YFSF News

FSF News

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 […]


FSF Student Affiliate Scholarships: September 1 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) will fund a limited number of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Student Affiliate registrations for the 2022 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting through a “Scholarship Program.” To qualify for the scholarship, AAFS Student Affiliates must submit an abstract for the AAFS 2022 program through the online submission system. Click […]


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 […]