Daily Archives: November 1, 2014


Digital & Multimedia Sciences November 2014 News Update

Source: Marcus K. Rogers, PhD, Section Secretary It would appear that the tireless efforts of several of the members of our section has resulted in NIST announcing the addition of a new subcommittee on Digital Evidence to the Organization of Scientific Areas Committees (OSAC). The subcommittee will exist under the IT/Multimedia Scientific Area Committee. The […]


2015 Luncheon Seminars

Thursday — February 19 L1 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Fetal Kidnapping by Cesarean Section Michael Welner, MD*; Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNSc* Friday — February 20 L2 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Dating Game Killer: Rodney Alcala’s 40-Year Dance With Death Melissa Mourges, JD*; Martha Bashford, JD*; Mark E. Safarik, MS*, Jonathan Hayes, MD*  


Criminalistics November 2014 News Update

Source: John J. Lentini, BA, Section Secretary The Section Program Committee, consisting of Chair Karolyn Tontarski and Co-Chair Vincent Desiderio (and many volunteers), have put together an excellent program for the 2015 Annual Meeting. The Committee has worked to embrace President Martell’s meeting theme while putting together our scientific sessions. With a focus on Celebrating The […]


Pre-Register for the 2015 Special Sessions!

Tuesday — February 17 S1 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Interdisciplinary Symposium — Past Presidents — Future Science: Hot Leads in Contemporary Forensic Research Chair: Elizabeth A. Murray, PhD; Co-Chair: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD S2 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Young Forensic Scientists Forum — YFSF 20th Anniversary: The Past, the Present, and Our Future […]


Anthropology November 2014 News Update

Source: Angi M. Christensen, PhD, Section Secretary The Kerley Foundation graduate scholarship is awarded to Julie Fleischman, a doctoral student from Michigan State University. Her research interest is skeletal trauma and she is developing a dissertation project to analyze remains of individuals executed by the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia during the late 1970s. The Foundation’s […]


2015 Workshops Schedule

Twenty-four workshops have been accepted for the AAFS 67th Annual Scientific Meeting offering a wide range of topics. Workshops are an excellent means to meet your continuing education needs while maintaining and expanding your knowledge of your specific forensic discipline. Many workshops have limited registration, so complete the pre-registration form on page 17 today! Monday […]


Things Every Young Forensic Scientist Should Know-The Do’s and Don’ts of Working in a Lab

Jennifer Curnow, the YFSF BYOP Chair, currently works as a Latent Fingerprint Technician for Oak Ridge Associated Universities. She has compiled a list of “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for working in a lab. DO: Follow the personal protective equipment (PPE) policies: wear safety glasses, lab coat, gloves, long pants, closed-toed shoes; Follow all procedures and policies […]


FSF Needs Your Help With the 2015 $ilent Auction!

With your help, the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Annual Silent Auction can exceed expectations during the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL. Does your agency or department have “logo” gear such as hats, coffee mugs, T-shirts, denim shirts, polos, etc., that you would be willing to donate to the auction? Many of us are […]


FSF “I Gave An Hour” Contributors November 2014 Update

For those who receive consulting fees, please consider contributing an amount consistent with one hour (or more) of what you charge for consultation. For salaried persons, one hour represents about 1/2000th of annual income. The fund’s balance through 09/30/2014 was $71,679.74. For those of you who would like to contribute, please complete the IGAH form […]


AAFS 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Fees

Pre-Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 CATEGORY PRE-REGISTRATION ON-SITE REGISTRATION AAFS Members, Trainee Affiliates, Applicants $295 $420 AAFS Student Affiliates $100 $125 AAFS Retired Fellows $ 0 $ 0 Non-Members $450 $520 Non-Member Trainees $295 $420 Non-Member Full-Time Students $100 $125 IAI Members & AFTE Members $295 $420 Daily Registrants $145/day $160/day  


General: Successful Collaborations in Forensic Science

Source: Steven Clark, PhD, Section Program Chair The theme of this year’s Academy meeting, Celebrating the Forensic Science Family, is an opportunity to recognize the efforts “family” members have made to the disciplines represented by the various sections in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences as well as the collaborative contributions members have made to […]


AAFS Chronicles – Do You Remember When?

Source: Kenneth S. Field, MBA 1954… The 1954 Annual Business Meeting turned into a rousing debate over the Bylaws that had been approved a the 1950 Organization Meeting. In particular, one sentence in the definition of a “Fellow” caused great concern: “Fellows shall be considered as certified experts in their respective fields.” That sentence was […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science November 2014 News Update

Source: Karen Rosenbaum, M.D., Section Secretary The Liaison with Forensic Sciences Committee of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) met on Wednesday, October 22, at the 2014 AAPL Meeting held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. Robert Weinstock gave the presidential address at the opening ceremony of the AAPL conference entitled, “Is Staying […]


Pathology/Biology November 2014 News Update

Source: Kathryn Haden-Pinneri, MD, Section Secretary Thanks to all who submitted abstracts for the AAFS Annual Meeting, to be held in Orlando, FL, February 16-21, 2015. The Pathology/Biology Section had over 240 abstracts submitted for consideration. Many thanks to Program Chair Jim Caruso for his hard work putting together our scientific program and congratulations to […]


Engineering Sciences: Taking Science to Heart

Sources: Carol A. Erikson, MSPH, Section chair, incorporating valuable contributions from Donn N. Peterson, MSME, PE, Walter Goldstein, PhD, James B. Hyzer, PhD, and Peter Alexander, PhD ESS became a member of the AAFS family with its first official meeting as the “Engineering Section” back in 1982. Spearheaded by members of the General Section, including […]


AAFS Dues Update

Please remit all payments to the AAFS Headquarters address listed below. No other address should be used for remitting AAFS correspondence or payments. AAFS 410 North 21st Street Colorado Springs, CO 80904 USA


YFSF Breakfast Session November 2014 News Update

It is not long now until the 67th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando and we are excited! The 2015 YFSF Breakfast Session is perfect for those students getting ready to graduate and looking for careers in the field of forensic science. This year’s theme, “Getting There: Unique Professional Journeys in Forensic Science,” is centered […]


Staff Updates

AAFS Staff would like to welcome Samantha Marriott as the Membership Assistant. Samantha was born and raised in San Diego, CA, and decided to make Colorado her home in February 2014. Also, please welcome Samantha Roach, AAFS Administrative Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator. We are so excited to have both Samanthas on board.


AAFS Mobile App

We have exciting news for you — the AAFS Member Mobile App (v1) is now available for download to your iOS® and Android® Devices. The AAFS Member Mobile app has been developed to support our efforts to “go green.” With access to the internet, you will have the AAFS Membership Directory in the palm of […]


YFSF Special Session November 2014 News Update

The Young Forensic Scientists Forum Special Session is looking forward to presenting students and young forensic scientists with a fun and informative session. The YFSF Special Session, “YFSF 20th Anniversary: The Past, The Present, and Our Future” will feature professionals from toxicology to odontology sharing their experiences and contributions in forensic science. We encourage students […]


Robert “Bob” Thibault, MFS: Retired Fellow of the General Section, October 2014

It is with a very heavy heart to report that Robert “Bob” Thibault passed away on October 11 at the age of 74. Bob is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Timothy R. Thibault, Gainesville, VA, Tina (Matthew) O’Connor, Marietta, GA; and several grandchildren. Bob had served the forensic science profession and the American […]


Jurisprudence November 2014 News Update

Source: Stephanie Domitrovich, JD, PhD, Section Secretary Section Program Chair Donald Shelton and Co-Chair Lauri Traub are proud to announce that the Jurisprudence Section received eighty-three (83) abstract proposals for presentations for the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, February 16-21, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Hotel in Orlando, FL. Donald and Lauri found the abstract […]


Annual Meeting Employment Forum & University Fair

The AAFS will be hosting its tenth annual Employment Forum and fourth annual University Fair during the upcoming meeting in Orlando, FL. The purpose is to provide employers and academic programs with the following: Employment Forum — a means for employers and applicants to meet, exchange information, conduct informal interviews, or schedule interviews for later […]


Guidelines for the Richard Rosner Award for the Best Paper

The Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences announces its annual award, “The Richard Rosner Award for the Best Paper by a Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry or Forensic Psychology.” To qualify: (1) the paper should have been completed as part of the work of the forensic fellowship year, OR within […]


YFSF Bring Your Own Slides November 2014 News Update

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences 67th Annual Scientific Meeting is right around the corner as well as the opportunity to present research during the Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Bring Your Own Slides (BYOS) event. The YFSF is looking for presenters to showcase their forensic science research. This is a great opportunity to gain […]


AAFS Room Blocks

Booking a room in the AAFS room block is an important way to support our organization and to keep overall meeting costs as low as possible. AAFS commits to a block of rooms at the Headquarter hotel(s) on behalf of meeting attendees and has a financial obligation to fill those blocks. Please help us to […]


Financial Liaison November 2014 News Update

With the AAFS Annual Meeting fast approaching, the YFSF financial liaisons would like to thank those FEPAC-accredited universities who responded to our letters and have contributed to the 2015 YFSF Special Session! Your support is what makes the YFSF program possible year after year and enables us to help students and young forensic professionals interact […]


Questions From Our Readers

This question comes to us from an undergraduate student who is requesting more information about forensic odontology and the path she should take to get there. If you would like to provide advice for her and other students like her, please send an email to lafra86@gmail.com. (Questions may be edited for clarity.) “Hello, I am […]


General November 2014 News Update

Source: Claire E. Shepard, MS, Section Secretary If you have not already done so, take the time to read the General Section’s meeting theme article “Successful Collaborations in Forensic Science” found in this newsletter. Steve Clark provides a great illustration of how the General Section not only accomplishes the theme of the forensic family but […]


An Interview with a Forensic Pathology Fellow

Dr. Austin Wiles is currently a forensic pathology fellow at the Central District Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, VA. Dr. Wiles graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk and completed his pathology residency at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA. The following is a Q&A about working in the field of […]


A Letter from YFSF’s First President

Diane Fraser received her Master of Science in Forensic Sciences from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She is an adjunct professor at the University of West Florida, a Fellow in the General Section, and the YFSF’s very first President. Memory can be a tricky thing. As forensic scientists, we know how unreliable it can be. With […]