Recent News

Journal of Forensic Sciences Update

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences       The Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) Editorial Office has been working on a new journal format for article content as well as a new JFS cover, with a goal to launch both initiatives with the January 2021 issue. We are thrilled to inform you that […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section News—September 2020

Source: Jason Paroff, JD, Section Chair I hope section members are taking advantage of the extended abstract submission deadline of September 30. There are three possible awards that can currently be given out by our section: The Outstanding Research Award, the Outstanding Case Study Award, and the Carrie Morgan Whitcomb Outstanding Service Award. In the […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Digital Subscription—Access Instructions and Additional Features

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator A Digital Subscription to the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) will be provided complimentary to AAFS Trainee Affiliates, Associate Members, Members, and Fellows as part of your 2021 annual membership dues payment. Student Affiliates without an application on file to upgrade may purchase a 2021 JFS Digital Subscription at a […]


FEPAC Selects 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). Thomas A. Brettell will be replacing Dwight E. Adams and Josh Brunty will be replacing Jeffrey K. Tomberlin as Academician Commissioners while Lynn A. Schneewies will be replacing Pamela […]


FTCoE Participates in National Forensic Science Week

Source: Tyler Raible, Communication Analyst, Forensic Technology Center of Excellence   Forensic Science Week recognizes the contribution that forensic science makes to the criminal justice system. This year, Forensic Science Week is being held September 20-26. Throughout the week, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) is engaging with the community to bolster our presence […]


JFS Provides Virtual Issue to Celebrate National Forensic Science Week

Source: Michael A. Peat, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences       National Forensic Science Week, formed in recognition of the important role that proper forensic science plays in the investigation of crimes throughout the nation, is September 20-26, 2020. To celebrate this important recognition, the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) leadership has compiled a virtual issue […]



Section News

Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—September 2020

Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Section Secretary The 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting I hope everyone is doing well. There are only two weeks before the deadline for abstract submissions for the AAFS 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting, One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2020. The annual […]


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

September 30 Abstract Submission Deadline Is Approaching!

Source: Sonya Bynoe, AAFS Assistant Meetings Manager You are invited to submit an abstract for presentation at the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The annual meeting will be held virtually, February 15-19, 2021. The theme for the upcoming meeting is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The […]


73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Goes Virtual!

Source: Jeri R. Ropero-Miller, PhD, 2020-21 AAFS President I want to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding during these unprecedented times. As you are aware, the AAFS Board of Directors (BOD) and staff are working continuously to provide the best and safest 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting in the context of the current COVID-19 […]


President's Messages

President’s Spotlight—AAFS Membership Survey Results and Proposed Courses of Action

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President, and Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, AAFS Vice President and Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee Chair More than 1,500 individual (23%) members participated in the recent survey. The Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee thanks those of you who took time out to provide thoughtful responses and comments. The extensive […]


President’s Message—Did You Miss the HHRRC Poster and Networking Session at AAFS?

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President and FTCoE Project Director and Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, HHRRC Chair This past February at the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted the Inaugural […]


AAFS News

Journal of Forensic Sciences Update

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences       The Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) Editorial Office has been working on a new journal format for article content as well as a new JFS cover, with a goal to launch both initiatives with the January 2021 issue. We are thrilled to inform you that […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section News—September 2020

Source: Jason Paroff, JD, Section Chair I hope section members are taking advantage of the extended abstract submission deadline of September 30. There are three possible awards that can currently be given out by our section: The Outstanding Research Award, the Outstanding Case Study Award, and the Carrie Morgan Whitcomb Outstanding Service Award. In the […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Digital Subscription—Access Instructions and Additional Features

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator A Digital Subscription to the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) will be provided complimentary to AAFS Trainee Affiliates, Associate Members, Members, and Fellows as part of your 2021 annual membership dues payment. Student Affiliates without an application on file to upgrade may purchase a 2021 JFS Digital Subscription at a […]


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—September 18, 2020

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 following documents are available for Public Comment: Recirculation* – ASB Best Practice Recommendation 050, Best Practice Recommendation for Photographic Documentation of Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence, First Edition (Comment deadline: […]


ASB Newsletter—September 11, 2020

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ASB Documents Open for Public Comment The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The following documents are available for Public Comment:         Recirculation* – ASB Standard 054, Standard for a Quality Control Program in Forensic Toxicology Laboratories, First Edition […]


YFSF News

REMINDER: YFSF Attendees—Bring Your Own Slides With You!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair This is a reminder that if you want to submit a presentation to the YFSF portion of the Bring Your Own Slides session, don’t forget your slides. Submission requirements can be found HERE, and forms will also be provided at registration in your packet. Submissions will be reviewed […]


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 […]


FSF News

2020-21 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize Update

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, AAFS Assistant Director With the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting being converted to a digital format, the 2020-21 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize will not proceed as previously announced. However, the FSF Board of Trustees has agreed to increase the funding for the 2020-21 FSF Student Affiliate Scholarships, which […]


FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Competition

To nurture a productive dialogue between emerging judicial and forensic standards of reliability and validity, the Forensic Sciences Foundation is pleased to offer the 22nd Annual Emerging Forensic Scientist Award. The award will be presented to the author of the best paper on any topic focusing on the reliability and validity of techniques, processes, or methods in […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Selects 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). Thomas A. Brettell will be replacing Dwight E. Adams and Josh Brunty will be replacing Jeffrey K. Tomberlin as Academician Commissioners while Lynn A. Schneewies will be replacing Pamela […]


FEPAC 2020 Accreditation Decision

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At a meeting held January 24, 2020, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) conducted reviews of forensic science programs that applied for accreditation during the 2019 review cycle. The summary of accreditation actions taken by FEPAC are available online through the FEPAC website at […]