Recent News

Some “Red Flags” in an Active Shooter

In July, the Forensic Nursing Science Section posted an article by Cliff Akiyama providing information on active shooter incidents. This month we would like to provide an update to that article with “red flags” for this type of scenario. Forensic nurses and those in charge with the direct care of individuals must learn to counter […]


FEPAC Welcomes New Commissioners

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At a recent meeting, three new Commissioners were selected to serve on the AAFS Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Pursuant to FEPAC Policies & Procedures, the newly elected FEPAC officers meet all requirements outlined.  Please refer to FEPAC Policies & Procedures, Policy 2 Accreditation Commission for […]


2022–23 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Recipient

  The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Tori L. Schaffer, BS, has been awarded the 2022–23 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Separation of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide and its Analogs by High-Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography. The grant consists of $1,850, a plaque, complimentary meeting registration at […]


The Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2022–23 Field and Lucas Grant Recipients

Each year the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) awards monies in the form of grants to members of the forensic science communities to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research throughout the year. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. This year, the FSF […]


Are You Interested in Serving on a Committee?

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, AAFS Assistant Director This year, AAFS launched a new feature in your membership portal that allows you to express interest in volunteering for a section committee or Academy-wide committee. As the meeting gets closer, committee chairs will be looking to fill committee vacancies for the coming year. If you are interested in […]



Section News

Some “Red Flags” in an Active Shooter

In July, the Forensic Nursing Science Section posted an article by Cliff Akiyama providing information on active shooter incidents. This month we would like to provide an update to that article with “red flags” for this type of scenario. Forensic nurses and those in charge with the direct care of individuals must learn to counter […]


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

Volunteer at the AAFS 75th Anniversary Conference!

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Conference depends on the dedication and generosity of our volunteers to host a successful event for the forensic science community. Volunteer opportunities are now open for any attendee who wishes to help support AAFS and the AAFS Conference. AAFS Student Affiliates and non-members are eligible to […]


President's Messages

Presidential Spotlight on the Forensic Nursing Science Section

This month’s Presidential Spotlight focuses on the Academy’s newest section—the Forensic Nursing Science Section. This article provides an introduction to the section as well as the discipline’s history. Sources: Virginia A. Lynch, MSN, RN, AAFS Retired Fellow, and Joyce P. Williams, DNP, RN, Section Chair Genesis of a New Era of Forensic Science Forensic nursing […]


Presidential Spotlight—AAFS IEOP Summary

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) delegation to Croatia returned Sunday after a week of collaboration with our forensic science counterparts and touring the beautiful cities of Zagreb and Dubrovnik. Professor Dragan Primorac was our host during this extraordinary visit. Dragan is a long-time member of […]


AAFS News

Are You Interested in Serving on a Committee?

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, AAFS Assistant Director This year, AAFS launched a new feature in your membership portal that allows you to express interest in volunteering for a section committee or Academy-wide committee. As the meeting gets closer, committee chairs will be looking to fill committee vacancies for the coming year. If you are interested in […]


Academy Aperçus—November 2022

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022–23 AAFS President The Academy Aperçus is a monthly feature that celebrates 75 years of forensic science by spotlighting the history and anticipating the future of each section of the Academy. Beginning in March and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a senior member […]


The Forensic Unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Is Honored With the 2023 AAFS HHRRC Clyde Snow Award

Source:  Dawnie Steadman, PhD, AAFS Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (AAFS HHRRC) offers the Clyde Snow Award to a forensic scientist or organization that has made outstanding contributions to humanitarian action and the global community. The award recognizes the pioneering contributions […]


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—June 17, 2022

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat   AAFS Factsheets on ASB, ASTM, and NFPA Standards Now Available! The AAFS Standards Factsheets provide a concise summary of each standard and facilitate broader understanding, they also highlight the purpose of a standard, why it is needed, and the benefits of adoption. Factsheets are in continuous production and more […]


ASB Newsletter—June 3, 2022

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat AAFS Factsheets on ASB, ASTM, and NFPA Standards Now Available! The AAFS Standards Factsheets provide a concise summary of each standard and facilitate broader understanding, they also highlight the purpose of a standard, why it is needed, and the benefits of adoption. Factsheets are in continuous production and more are […]


YFSF News

Upload your YFSF Poster before November 1!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair Hello everyone! This is just a reminder to upload your Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) poster submissions before the November 1 deadline! If you are having trouble locating the link here, just copy/paste the following: accounts.aafs.org/Meetings/Abstract-Submission-Instructions.aspx. This will take you to the portal instructions and you can upload from […]


2023 YFSF Special Session! Come one, come all!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, Young Forensic Scientists Forum Chair AAFS Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Chair Emily Rue and Co-Chair Paul Yount invite you to the YFSF Special Session at the 75th Anniversary Conference in Orlando, FL. The YFSF theme is Education, Training, and Experiences: The Ingredients to Make Science Work. The overall theme […]


FSF News

2022–23 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Recipient

  The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Tori L. Schaffer, BS, has been awarded the 2022–23 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Separation of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide and its Analogs by High-Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography. The grant consists of $1,850, a plaque, complimentary meeting registration at […]


The Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2022–23 Field and Lucas Grant Recipients

Each year the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) awards monies in the form of grants to members of the forensic science communities to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research throughout the year. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. This year, the FSF […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Welcomes New Commissioners

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At a recent meeting, three new Commissioners were selected to serve on the AAFS Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Pursuant to FEPAC Policies & Procedures, the newly elected FEPAC officers meet all requirements outlined.  Please refer to FEPAC Policies & Procedures, Policy 2 Accreditation Commission for […]


FEPAC 2022 Accreditation Decisions

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, FEPAC Accreditation Coordinator At a recent meeting held February 19, 2022, the Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) concluded its review of programs seeking FEPAC accreditation or reaccreditation during the 2021 cycle. The accreditation decisions are: Alfred State – SUNY College of Technology, Alfred, NY Bachelor of Science in Forensic […]