Recent News

Inspiring Programs in STEM

Source: Laura L. Liptai, PhD I have served on the board of a philanthropic program called Avenue E since it started, where “E” stands for “E”ngineering. The program’s goal is to increase participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers among women, underrepresented, and first-generation students. The University of California at Davis College of […]



Section News

Inspiring Programs in STEM

Source: Laura L. Liptai, PhD I have served on the board of a philanthropic program called Avenue E since it started, where “E” stands for “E”ngineering. The program’s goal is to increase participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers among women, underrepresented, and first-generation students. The University of California at Davis College of […]


The Criminalistics Section Prepares for Anaheim, CA

Source: Sandra B. Sachs, PhD, Criminalistics Program Chair, and Jason L. Linder, MFS, Criminalistics Program Co-Chair As agencies are gearing up to fund AAFS meeting attendance in Anaheim, CA, the Criminalistics Section wants to announce some highlights of this robust program: The Criminalistics I track will provide DNA papers on Thursday and Friday that cover […]


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

Seeking Last Word Society Submissions

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, Last Word Society Chair Do you have an unusual, curious, historic, or humorous case that you want to share with a wide and diverse audience? Then the Last Word Society is the place for you. It is a two-hour session held on Thursday evening during the AAFS annual meeting and […]


2020 AAFS Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 17-22, 2020, in Anaheim, CA, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The theme for the upcoming meeting is “Crossing Borders.” The deadline for abstract submission is August 1! Presenting […]


President's Messages

President’s Message—June 2019

Sources: Zeno Geradts, PhD, AAFS President and Jeri-Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President-Elect AAFS President Zeno Geradts and President-Elect Jeri Ropero-Miller traveled to São Paulo and Brasilia, Brazil, May 19–30, as part of a 22-member delegation for the International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) in Forensic Science. Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Nancy Jackson organized the trip in collaboration with the AAFS association academy, […]


President’s Message—April 2019

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, 2019-20 President 2020 AAFS Annual Meeting Theme: “Crossing Borders” I am honored to be elected President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. My first annual meeting was in 1996 in New York when I was invited to speak at a workshop. I was overwhelmed by the different topics and […]


AAFS News

CFSO Flash Brief—September and October Issues

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The 2019 September and October issues of the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) newsletter are now available. Click the following links for full editions. CFSO News – September 2019 CFSO News – October 2019


In Memoriam: Robert E. Barsley, DDS, JD

The AAFS is deeply saddened to report the passing of Past President Robert E. Barsley on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Bob’s dedication and service to the AAFS was unsurpassed, lasting more than 36 years. He participated on countless committees during his tenure, frequently as chair, including the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Bob rose […]


AAFS Phone Extensions Update

For your information, the new departmental phone extensions at the AAFS office are listed below: For Meetings, Program Information, Awards, and Abstracts – Press 1 For Membership, JFS Subscription Inquiries, Volunteers, and Expert Witness Requests – Press 2 For Accounting, Dues Payments, Meeting Registrations, and Exhibitors – Press 3 For Publications, Website Issues, and Newsfeed Articles – Press 4 For Executive Staff, Continuing Education, FSF Grants, and Questions […]


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

NIST Has Announced the Restructuring OSAC (OSAC 2.0) Plan

Source: Lucy A. Davis, BHS, AAFS Representative, OSAC Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) In the Fall of 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sent out a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register on The Development of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science 2.0. Both the American […]


A New Forensic Best Practice Recommendation From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 021, Best Practices for the Preparation of Test Impressions from Footwear and Tires, First Edition. This standard is produced through ASB’s Footwear and Tire Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American […]


YFSF News

Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) July 2019 Update

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair Hello everyone! As you know, last year’s changes to the structure and place of the YFSF within the Academy was a monumental transition and, in my experience while attending this past year’s Special Session, was a smashing success. We confirmed more than 140 attendees over the course of the […]


Remember to Pre-Register for the 2019 YFSF Special Session (No Fee)!

Source:  Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee would like to remind all interested young scientists to pre-register for the YFSF Special Session, taking place on Tuesday, February 19, during the AAFS Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The Special Session is filled with presentations from prominent AAFS members, spanning […]


FSF News

The FSF International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship

The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship: Offered Through the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) PURPOSE: The IAFS is an international association focused on bringing together academics, managers, researchers, and scientists from around the world to discuss and debate issues focal to the forensic science disciplines. The IAFS proclaims its goals and objectives to be: […]


2019-20 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize: October 15 Deadline

Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2020 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a […]


FEPAC News

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 […]


FEPAC Adopts Standards Changes for Undergraduate Programs

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.10 Review of Standards states that FEPAC is tasked with conducting ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards in order to verify that they evaluate educational quality and are relevant to […]