Daily Archives: April 2, 2015


Accessing the Academy News on your Mobile Device

Source: Jeffrey Lubbers, Information Technology & Website Coordinator With the Academy News transitioning to a news feed, not only will you be able to quickly and easily search archived news through the intuitive web page, news.aafs.org, but also you can get news directly on your mobile device!! On your iOS devices we recommend using the “Newsify” […]


General March 2015 News Update

Source: Joanna Collins, Section Secretary While many of us were excited about attending the 2015 meeting in sunny and warm Orlando, FL, the record setting low temperatures in Florida, while nothing compared to the Northeast, had many of us scrambling for coats and jackets. Nevertheless, the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting was filled with events, education, […]


FSF Student Travel Grants: October 15 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Travel Grants for students to assist with travel expenses in attending the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a wonderful […]


2015 “Friends of the General Section” (FOGS):

Al B. Agellon, BS William B. Andrews, MFS James A. Bailey, PhD Carlton-Jane P. Beck-Findley, MS Alan F. Boehm, MFS B.G. Brogdon, MD Karen T. Campbell, MD Brian S. Clark, MFS Joanna L. Collins, MFS Carrie Costello, BA Kathleen Diebold Hargrave, MA Steven L. Downs, MFS Sandra R. Enslow, BA Winnie Furnari, MS John E. […]


Questioned Documents Section: Don’t Forget the Brake Pedal – Cognitive Bias; “Myth”ing the Point

Source: Thomas W. Vastrick, BS, Section Chair We are in a time in which substantive changes to the forensic sciences are being made at unprecedented levels and speed. History teaches us that tumultuous movements often include unintended over-swings of the pendulum that result in counterproductive, unforeseen actions and just plain bad ideas being swept in […]


A Note from the YFSF Secretary

The AAFS 67th Annual Meeting has come to a close and what a memorable meeting it was! YFSF attendees heard from several speakers about professionalism, ethics, and ways to expand their careers to become well-rounded students and professionals. Thank you to all the YFSF speakers and attendees for their participation. Your support made all of […]


A Letter from the 2014-15 YFSF President

What a great week! The YFSF events at the AAFS 67th Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL, were very successful. I am so proud and appreciative of all the hard work all of the YFSF committee members put in this past year planning our special session. The YFSF would also like to thank all of […]


Thomas T. Noguchi Receives the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion

Dr. Thomas Noguchi has served the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the forensic science community faithfully for more than 50 years. Born in Fukuoka-City, Japan in 1927, Dr. Noguchi graduated from Tokyo’s Nippon Medical School in 1951. The son of a doctor, he immigrated to the United States in 1952 where he interned at […]


NCFS Committee Report

Source: Dean M. Gialamas, MS, AAFS NCFS Committee Chair The National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) was established in February 2013 to make policy recommendations to the U.S. Attorney General. Although, the NCFS is in its infancy regarding issuing formal recommendations, it appears poised to do so with great frequency. Current discussions of the NCFS […]


FSF Acorn and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

The FSF Acorn Grants (up to and including $1,000) and Lucas Grants (up to and including $5,000) are intended to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth problem-oriented research. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Each research proposal must include: An abstract – not […]


FSF Warren-Young Scholarship Award Announced

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce its newest award—the Warren-Young Scholarship Award. This new award was created to honor Anne Warren, Executive Director of AAFS and FSF, and in memory of her late husband, Stephen Robert Young. Intended to encourage forensic science awareness and education at the middle and high school level, […]