Monthly Archives: August 2015

AAFS IEOP 2015 – Destination Croatia! (continued)

From the first postings of the International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) activities June 18, 2015, ( and June 24, 2015 (, travelers Peter T. Ausili, MS (Criminalistics), Moses S. Schanfield, PhD, (Criminalistics), Robert E. Barsley, DDS, JD, (Odontology). John E. Gerns, MFS, (General), Shakuntala Teas, MD, (Pathology/Biology), Danielle Ruttman, (Jurisprudence), and Nancy Jackson (staff), along […]

AAFS IEOP 2015 – Destination Croatia – Day 3 & Day 4

Day 3, June 17, and we are on the bus headed toward Zadar. This is a relaxing day of travel. Midway to Zadar, we stop in Similjan, the birthplace of Nikola Tesla and home to the Nikola Tesla Birthplace Museum & Memorial Center. The museum displays various models of his inventions such as the Tesla […]

OSAC Launches Monthly Newsletter and Opens Five Standards for Public Comment

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) has launched a monthly newsletter to communicate OSAC program status, activities, accomplishments, and opportunities for public input with internal and external audiences. Newsletter columns will include OSAC Accomplishments, OSAC Vacancies, Upcoming Meetings, Upcoming Public Comment Periods for Standards/Guidelines under Consideration for the OSAC Registry, OSAC […]

Policy Page – September 2015

LEGISLATION: Source: Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD, AAFS 2015-16 President There has not been much on the Federal legislative front that is visible, but the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) has been very active. The current makeup of the CFSO is: Matthew Gamette (ASCLD, Chair), Kim Collins (NAME, Vice Chair), Ken Martin (IAI, Treasurer), […]

Engineering Sciences Section News – September 2015

Source:  Michelle R. Hoffman, MS, Section Secretary Mark Pozzi is a Fellow of the Engineering Sciences Section. Since 1981, he has been an independent research scientist, forensic consultant, and test engineer with Sandia Safety Sciences in Edgewood, NM. Currently, Mark also works at Titan Aerospace as an airframe test engineer and serves as their Environmental […]

AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize – Call for Nominations

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) invites nominations for the 2015 AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Prize.  The Prize was established in 1985 by the AAAS Board of Directors to be awarded to someone who has “made significant contributions to the advancement of science in the United States” either as: a public servant, […]

Jurisprudence Section News – September 2015

Sources:  Christine Funk, JD, Section Chair and Stephanie Domitrovich, JD, PhD, Section Secretary The Forensic Science Committee of The American Bar Association (ABA), Judicial Division, chaired by Stephanie Domitrovich, along with Jurisprudence Section members Andrew Sulner, Carol Henderson, Barry Scheck, as well as additional members of the Judicial Division, have promulgated a Resolution to the […]

Toxicology Section News – September 2015

Source:  Dan T. Anderson, MS, Section Secretary It is often said that the one and only constant in life is “Change.” And this year’s theme for the 2016 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, is Transformation: Embracing Change. As leaders in forensic toxicology, our success or failure can hinge upon how well we are able […]

Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News – September 2015

Source:  Dean De Crisce, MD, Section Secretary Dear Colleagues, We hope you are all enjoying your summer. By the time our section members receive this newsletter, the deadline for submission of papers for the February 2016 Annual Meeting will have passed. Section Program Chair Gregg Dwyer has noted that the line-up of submissions for the […]

Odontology Section News – September 2015

Source:  Iain A. Pretty, DDS, PhD, Section Chair As we begin looking towards fall, Adam Freeman has been busy organizing the scientific program for the 2016 annual meeting in Las Vegas. I am sure it will be a great collection of research, case reports, and thought-provoking presentations. There is no doubt that the scientific program […]

President’s Message – September 2015

Source:  Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD, 2015-16 President The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) has awarded $1.5M to the Academy to establish a Standards Development Organization (SDO). I believe that this is strategic for our organization’s future and critical to our forensic science community now. Although forensic medicine and toxicology have origins from many […]

Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section News – September 2015

Source:  Marcus K. Rogers, PhD, Section Secretary As is usual for the fall newsletter, the focus is on membership. Our section is continuing to grow with our total number (latest stats available) now at 138. This is exceptional given our humble beginnings! The specifics of our membership are as follows: Fellows  24 Members  22 Associate […]