Daily Archives: January 1, 2015


Toxicology: Honoring our Mentors and Traditions

Source: Sarah Kerrigan, PhD, Section Secretary As part of President Martell’s meeting theme Celebrating The Forensic Science Family, he identified three sub-themes, one of which was “Honoring Our Mentors and Traditions.” The 2014 theme focused more on mentorship and education for the next generation of forensic scientists but in “Honoring our Mentors and Traditions,” I […]


The Academy Cup – A Quiz Game to Test Your Knowledge of the AAFS

Academy Cup Winners: 2014: Anthropology & Odontology Sections 2015: Attend the 2015 ABM to See Who Wins The AAFS 2015 Academy Cup will take place on Wednesday, February 18, before the Plenary Session. The game will start at 8:15 a.m. and will consist of multiple-choice and true or false questions projected onto a screen to […]


AAFS Is Going Green With Special Session & Workshop Handouts!

Did you know that over 63% percent of convention materials are left behind at a convention site and that each meeting participant produces recyclable 5.23 pounds of waste per day? After overwhelming feedback from speakers and attendees, AAFS will “Go Green” with the workshop handouts for the 2015 meeting! At the beginning of February, registered […]


67th Annual Scientific Meeting Accommodations Information

AAFS 67th Annual Scientific Meeting February 16-21 Hyatt Regency Orlando Orlando, FL, U.S.A. The American Academy of Forensic Sciences has selected the Hyatt Regency Orlando for your stay during the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL. The Hyatt Regency Orlando offers great amenities to help you through your stay. For hotel availability during the […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences: Celebrating the Forensic Science Family Cyber-Style

Source: Peter R. Stephenson, PhD, Section Program Chair Of all of the forensic sciences, a digital and multimedia science has the potential to be one of the most collaborative. Unlike some more rigidly-defined sciences, digital science touches almost every aspect of life. In doing so, it becomes part of crime scenes that also are characterized […]


Future AAFS Annual Meeting Dates

February 16-21, 2015 Hyatt Regency Orlando Orlando, FL February 22-27, 2016 Rio Las Vegas Hotel Las Vegas, NV February 13-18, 2017 Hyatt Regency New Orleans New Orleans, LA February 19-24, 2018 Washington State Convention Center Seattle, WA February 18-23, 2019 The Baltimore Convention Center Baltimore, MD February 17-22, 2020 Anaheim Convention Center/Hilton Anaheim Anaheim, CA


Attention All Voting Members and Fellows

Pursuant to AAFS policies, specific documents such as proposed bylaws amendments and the financial audit report must be provided to the Voting Members of the Academy 30 days prior to the Annual Business Meeting. Documents which have historically been mailed in January (e.g., Applicants List, Proposed Bylaws Amendments, Audit Report, and Annual Business Meeting Minutes) are […]


67th Annual Scientific Meeting Award Presentations

The R.B.H. Gradwohl Laureate Medallion and the Distinguished Fellow Award will be presented on Wednesday, February 18, during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting. Join us in acknowledging your most distinguished colleagues as they are presented with these prestigious awards. R.B.H. Gradwohl Laureate Medallion Honoree Thomas T. Noguchi, MD Distinguished Fellow Honoree Marilyn A. Huestis, PhD […]


Pathology/Biology January 2015 News Update

Source: Kathryn Haden-Pinneri, MD, Section Secretary The Advance Program is now available! To view the program, go to www.aafs.org/meetings/2015 and download the pdf. Thanks to Section Program Chair Jim Caruso for developing an exciting and educational program. The pre-registration deadline is January 21. Just a reminder…the AAFS Proceedings will be electronic this year — available […]


FSF Endowment Fund January 2015 Update

The Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc., gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions made to the Foundation and its Endowment Fund. Please accept our apologies if your name does not appear in the “FSF Contributors” section and contact the AAFS office as soon as possible with the correction. This listing reflects contributions received from 07/01/14 through 12/01/14. The […]


Jurisprudence January 2015 News Update

Source: Christine Funk, JD, Section Chair It’s January, and that can only mean one thing — it is time to start thinking about the Academy meeting. Have you booked your room? Purchased your airfare? The theme of the 2015 meeting, Celebrating The Forensic Science Family, is well suited for Orlando — a place where families, […]


General January 2015 News Update

Source: Claire E. Shepard, MS, Section Secretary Online registration for the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting has begun and the Advance Program is posted on the AAFS website. Don’t forget to complete your registration before the pre-registration deadline (January 21) to ensure you are able to attend selected workshops, breakfast and luncheon seminars, and the many […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences January 2015 News Update

Source: Samuel I. Brothers, BBA, Section Program Committee, Co-Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section’s Program Committee has been working hard this year and we look forward to seeing everyone in Mickey’s hometown of Orlando! This year, our section will present one half-day workshop (#14) “On the Leading Edge of Forensic Science” scheduled for […]


Criminalistics January 2015 News Update

Source: Lawrence Quarino, PhD, Section Chair Congratulations to Section Program Chair, Kary Tontarski, and Program Co-Chair, Vincent Desiderio who have put together an excellent scientific program for the 2015 Annual Meeting. The program is well balanced in all criminalistics areas and in keeping with this year’s theme of the forensic science family, several multidisciplinary sessions […]


Anthropology January 2015 News Update

Sources: Phoebe R. Stubblefield, PhD, Section Chair and Angi M. Christensen, PhD, Section Secretary Ann Ross is pleased to announce the new release of the software 3D-ID which is available at no cost. This release represents the collaboration and merging of Petra Urbanova’s datasets from Masaryk University, Czech Republic. As a result, there is good representation of […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation 2014-15 Student Travel Grant Winners

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce the winners of the “FSF Student Travel Grant Award for Students” essay contest: Catherine Connon, Associate Member/Criminalistics; James Fancher, Associate Member/Odontology; Christina Fojas, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Michael Hitchcock, Associate Member/Criminalistics; Kate Lesciotto, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Maria Alexandra Lopez Cerquera, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Paola Magni, Applicant/Pathology/Biology (not pictured below); and, […]


Future AAFS Annual Meeting Dates

February 16-21, 2015 Hyatt Regency Orlando Orlando, FL February 22-27, 2016 Rio Las Vegas Hotel Las Vegas, NV February 13-18, 2017 Hyatt Regency New Orleans New Orleans, LA February 19-24, 2018 Washington State Convention Center Seattle, WA February 18-23, 2019 The Baltimore Convention Center Baltimore, MD February 17-22, 2020 Anaheim Convention Center/Hilton Anaheim Anaheim, CA


FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship Winner Announced!

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the recipient of the FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship! Gabriele Kruger (Anthropology) of Pretoria, South Africa, was selected based on her abstract submission entitled, Postcraniometric Assessment of Sexual Dimorphism Among Modern South Africans. Ms. Kruger’s paper is scheduled for oral presentation on Thursday, February 19, during […]


FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistant Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Erin A. Laurie, BS, was awarded the 2014-15 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Characterizing Heteroplasmy Frequencies in the mtDNA Profiles of Human Head Hair, Pubic Hair, and Buccal Samples. This year’s award consists of: $1,700; a plaque presented […]


YFSF Breakfast Session January 2015 News Update

We have an excellent panel of speakers for this year’s YFSF Breakfast Session “Getting There: Unique Professional Journeys in Forensic Science.” Christine Funk, General Counsel for the Washington, DC, Department of Forensic Sciences, will present “How to Blossom Where You Are Planted and Figure Out How You’ll Grow.” She will be joined by Ann Ross, […]


AAFS Is Going Green With Special Session & Workshop Handouts!

After overwhelming feedback from speakers and attendees, AAFS will “Go Green” with the workshop handouts for the 2015 meeting! At the beginning of February, registered workshop attendees will receive an email with instructions on how to download, save, and preview the speaker materials for each workshop. To take notes, a spiral-bound notebook will be provided […]


2015 Annual Meeting Registration Information

The 2015 pre-registration deadline for the Orlando meeting is Wednesday, January 21. This is the date by which you must register in order to be able to attend most Special Functions listed on page 2 of the pre-registration form. This deadline is FIRM. Special Functions (workshops, breakfast seminars, luncheon seminars, etc.) are only available by […]


AAFS Membership “How To” Session

A new session has been added to this year’s events. AAFS Membership Coordinator Cheryl Hunter will conduct an hour-long AAFS Membership Application “How To” Session on Wednesday, February 18, from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The presentation will include everything from how to become a member to applying for retired status. If you have any questions on […]


Promotion to Full Member or Fellow

Need one more meeting attendance to fulfill the requirements for promotion? How about attending a section business meeting? Here is your opportunity to complete that last requirement to promote to either full Member or Fellow. Register and attend the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando. If you have any questions about what is required for […]


Application Submissions

We had a great year for application submissions! To date, 1,526 applications have been submitted. Of those, 960 are new Applicants. We will be processing the recommendations from the section officers through the month of January. Once all recommendations have been received and processed, you will be contacted via email or USPS mail on the […]


AAFS Selects the Official Airline for Orlando, FL

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences has selected United Airlines as the official airline carrier for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 67th Annual Scientific Meeting. The meeting will be held February 16-21, in Orlando, FL, USA. Domestic Flights Book online at www.united.com and enter your Offer Code ZTEM684670 in the Offer Code box when […]


Attend the AAFS Annual Business Meeting and Win!!

The Annual Business Meeting of the Fellows and Members of AAFS will be held on Wednesday, February 18, at 4:15 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, FL. It is essential for all Fellows and Members to attend this very important meeting in order to reach a quorum for the voting process. Agenda items […]


YFSF Special Session January 2015 News Update

The theme for this year’s YFSF Special Session is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Young Forensic Scientists Forum. The YFSF Special Session Chair Christina Hayes, and her Co-Chair Jessica Smith have planned a day-long event entitled “YFSF 20th Anniversary: The Past, the Present, and Our Future,” which includes presentations from numerous speakers from a […]


Do You Need to Share a Room in Orlando?

If you would like to have more spending money to take in some of the “must see” sights while in Orlando, FL, during the AAFS 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, then share a room! The AAFS office is maintaining a list of meeting attendees who would like to share a room with a colleague. For more […]


Financial Liaison January 2015 News Update

The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) has worked hard to plan the YFSF Special Session, Breakfast Session, Poster Session, and Slide Session. Our sessions are made possible by the generous contributions from individuals, organizations, and universities. The YFSF’s goal is to help first-time meeting attendees, students, and young forensic professionals take full advantage of the […]


A Note from the YFSF Secretary January 2015 News Update

The AAFS 67th Annual Scientific Meeting is quickly approaching; hopefully, your travel arrangements have already been made. If not, remember that hotel accommodations become limited the closer we get to the meeting; therefore, it is imperative you book your room as soon as possible. Not sure where to stay? Look on the AAFS website (http://aafs.org/meetings/2015), […]


AAFS Guidelines For Presentations Using An LCD Projector

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Computers will be provided by the AAFS. The section program chair will notify you in January on how your presentation should be handled/submitted. Each section is different. All inquiries should be addressed to your presenting section’s program chair. PREPARING YOUR PRESENTATION: Microsoft PowerPoint® 2003 or later is highly recommended. Other versions of PowerPoint […]


FSF “I Gave An Hour” Contributors January 2015 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 1/2,000th of annual income. The fund’s balance through 11/30/2014 was $80,121.35. For those of you who would like to contribute, please complete the IGAH form and return to […]


AAFS Policy On Abstracts and Presentations

Presentations at AAFS Annual Scientific Meetings and corresponding abstracts must be formulated to promote education and to elevate accuracy, precision, and specificity in the forensic sciences. Presentations or abstracts which promote a commercial product, company, entity, or service are not allowed at AAFS Annual Scientific Meetings. Presentations by commercial entities shall be limited to the […]


Toxicology January 2015 News Update

Source: Dwain C. Fuller, BS, Section Chair Huge thanks to everyone who submitted abstracts and workshop proposals. It is a big job putting an abstract or proposal together with no guarantee of acceptance; you are much appreciated. Many are probably not aware that workshop proposals must not only be approved by your section program co-chairs, […]


AAFS Guidelines for Poster Presentations

Each poster session presenter will be provided with a 4 ft. (height) x 8 ft. (width) poster board and an ample supply of push-pins. The board will be labeled with the presentation title and pre-assigned AAFS presentation number. Presenters are responsible for posting their material at least one hour prior to the opening of the […]


Questioned Documents January 2015 News Update

Source: Linton Mohammed, PhD, Section Secretary The annual meeting in Orlando meeting is only be a few weeks away! This year, the Questioned Documents Section has a very packed program. Three workshops were approved: Monday, February 16: Workshop #3  Classification of Typewritten Documents 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Faculty: Karen Nobles & Peter Tytell Workshop #13  The […]


67th Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Information

LAST CHANCE TO PRE-REGISTER The AAFS 2015 67th Annual Scientific Meeting’s Pre-Registration Form is provided in this issue of the Academy News on page 11. Attendance at all Special Functions (workshops, special sessions, and breakfast and luncheon seminars) is by pre-registration only. The deadline for pre-registration is Wednesday, January 21. The deadline is firm. Pre-Registration […]