Recent News

General Section News—January 2020

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, Section Secretary General Section Luncheon and Business Meeting As you make plans to attend the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, plan on attending the luncheon presentation (those who did not sign up for the luncheon are welcome to come and sit in the chairs that will be provided).  In […]


The First-Ever Humanitarian and Human Rights Poster and Networking Session at the AAFS Annual Meeting

Sources: Douglas H. Ubelaker, PhD, AAFS HHRRC Chair, and Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President-Elect and FTCoE Project Director The Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) would like to cordially, and personally, invite you to the Inaugural Humanitarian and Human Rights […]


American Board of Criminalistics Announcement for Recertification Committee

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Secretary The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is currently soliciting interest for joining the Recertification Committee. You must be currently ABC certified and in good standing, and at minimum, have submitted Recertification Paperwork in 2019 for Reporting Year 2018. You can earn one recertification point for each year of […]


The Criminalistics Regional Association Committee Needs YOU

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Criminalistics Nominating Committee Chair The Regional Association Committee (RAC) within the Criminalistics section provides an opportunity for the regional societies, such as the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS), Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS), Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS), Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS), Southwestern Association of Forensic […]


YFSF Is Celebrating 25 Years!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair Hello YFSF Attendees! Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee Chair Zain Bhaloo and the committee members—Catherine Brown, Brittany Beyers, Hannah Simmons, and Amber Smith—would like to cordially and personally invite you to the YFSF Special Session Networking Break on Tuesday, February 18, to enjoy some cake and stimulating […]



Section News

General Section News—January 2020

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, Section Secretary General Section Luncheon and Business Meeting As you make plans to attend the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, plan on attending the luncheon presentation (those who did not sign up for the luncheon are welcome to come and sit in the chairs that will be provided).  In […]


American Board of Criminalistics Announcement for Recertification Committee

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Secretary The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is currently soliciting interest for joining the Recertification Committee. You must be currently ABC certified and in good standing, and at minimum, have submitted Recertification Paperwork in 2019 for Reporting Year 2018. You can earn one recertification point for each year of […]


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

The AAFS CSI Adventure Community Outreach Event and AI Lecture

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Development & Accreditation Coordinator The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) will once again hold its annual community outreach program at the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting. This year, Discovery Cube Orange County has agreed to host our event. The outreach program provides an opportunity for AAFS to engage and educate […]


AAFS Pre-Registration Deadline Is Quickly Approaching!

The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Pre-Registration deadline is Monday, January 20. 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 Monday, January 20, will be processed at the On-Site Registration Rates, and no Special Function selections will be honored. […]


President's Messages

Retirement Announcement—Executive Director Anne Warren

Source: Zeno Geradts, PhD,  AAFS President This email comes with mixed feelings as we announce the upcoming retirement of Executive Director Anne Warren, effective May 29, 2020. Anne joined the Academy staff in 1985 as the Assistant Director. Her tremendous management skills were quickly recognized and in 1990 she assumed the Executive Director position. Under […]


AAFS News

The First-Ever Humanitarian and Human Rights Poster and Networking Session at the AAFS Annual Meeting

Sources: Douglas H. Ubelaker, PhD, AAFS HHRRC Chair, and Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President-Elect and FTCoE Project Director The Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) would like to cordially, and personally, invite you to the Inaugural Humanitarian and Human Rights […]


Attention All AAFS Voting Members and Fellows

Pursuant to AAFS policies, specific documents must be provided to the Voting Members and Fellows of the Academy prior to the Annual Business Meeting. The following documents are available online through the secure member log-in system on the AAFS website: 2020 Applicants List 2020 Proposed Bylaws Amendments 2019 Audit Report 2019 Annual Business Meeting Minutes To […]


AAFS Board of Directors Announce 2019–2020 Distinguished Fellows

The AAFS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that two Distinguished Fellows will be honored during the 2020 Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 19, in Anaheim, CA: Betty Layne DesPortes, AAFS Past President and Jurisprudence Section Fellow, and Iain Pretty, Odontology Section Fellow. Betty Layne DesPortes is a criminal defense attorney with the firm […]


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

Three New Forensic Documents From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of three new documents. ANSI/ASB Standard 030, Standard for a Quality Assurance Program in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition. This document provides requirements for establishing and maintaining a documented quality assurance program in bloodstain pattern analysis to forensic service providers. […]


A New Forensic Toxicology Standard From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 036, Standard Practices for Method Validation in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2019. 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

YFSF Is Celebrating 25 Years!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair Hello YFSF Attendees! Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee Chair Zain Bhaloo and the committee members—Catherine Brown, Brittany Beyers, Hannah Simmons, and Amber Smith—would like to cordially and personally invite you to the YFSF Special Session Networking Break on Tuesday, February 18, to enjoy some cake and stimulating […]


Deadline EXTENDED for Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Poster Submissions to November 7!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair The decision has been made to re-open submissions for the YFSF posters through NOVEMBER 7. If you or someone you know would like to submit, take advantage of this extended deadline. There is still room for more submissions. If you have questions or need help, please contact: zain.bhaloo@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca. […]


FSF News

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 […]


FSF Contributors

The Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc., gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions made to the Foundation and its Endowment Fund. This listing reflects contributions received from 10/01/2019 through 12/31/19.   ANTHROPOLOGY $101+ – “Executive Circle” Susan Anton, PhD Joan Baker, PhD Christian Crowder, PhD Diane France, PhD (IGAH) Kathleen Reichs, PhD Gary Scott, MA $51-$100 – “Trustee” […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Accepting Accreditation Applications for 2020/2021 Consideration

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is currently accepting applications for forensic science and forensic digital evidence programs for review during the 2020 review cycle. FEPAC’s primary mission is to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation and […]


FEPAC Selects New Commissioners

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At a recent meeting, two new Commissioners were selected to serve on the AAFS Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). A. Karl Larsen, Jr. will be replacing Robert E. Gaensslen as Academician Commissioner while Heidi Eldridge will be replacing Daniel E. Katz as Practitioner Commissioner. Pursuant to […]