Monthly Archives: October 2015


Young Forensic Scientist Forum – November 2015

Source: Brianna Bermudez, YFSF Secretary A Letter from the YFSF President The AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, is about four months away. Now is the perfect time to make your airline travel plans and hotel reservations. All pertinent information is available on the AAFS website. Hotel reservation, airline, and meeting information […]


Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) Releases October 2015 Newsletter

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) has released its October 2015 monthly newsletter. Highlights from this issue include an update on the standards under consideration for the OSAC Registry and the schedule for the upcoming public OSAC presentations during the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting, February 22-27, 2016. […]


Get Email Alerts When News is Published

With the transition to the Academy News going green in the form of a news feed, it is now possible to receive email updates when new stories are published. There are many services that turn our RSS feed into alerts; blogtrottr.com and feedmyinbox.com are two services that don’t require a paid subscription. To use these […]


Prof. Dragan Primorac Awarded The State Science Award for Outstanding Contribution to Biomedical Science

Prof. Dragan Primorac, Fellow of the AAFS Criminalistics Section, has been awarded The State Science Award for his outstanding contribution to biomedical science. The State Science Award is the highest and the most prestigious national recognition by the Parliament of The Republic of Croatia for extraordinary contribution to science and technology. Dragan Primorac is a […]


Transformation: Embracing Change – Engineering Sciences Section, November 2015

Sources:  John Nixon, MBA, Section Chair, and David Pienkowski, PhD, Section Program Chair The Engineering Sciences Section is “transforming and embracing change” as will be shown by the new organizational design and enhanced content of our scientific sessions at the AAFS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.  Six oral presentation sessions will enrich attendees’ knowledge regarding: […]


Transformation:  Embracing Change – Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section November 2015

Objectivity, Cognitive Bias, and Multimedia Forensics Source:  Jeff M. Smith, MS Cognitive bias is the brain’s influence on the decision-making process leading to error. This fascinating field of research looks at how people react in specific situations and gives names to their deviations in judgment, perceptual distortions, and illogical interpretations. “Contrast effect,” “clustering illusion,” and […]


2016 Annual Meeting Registration Fees

Registration fees for the AAFS 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting are listed below.  Online registration will be launched by mid-November. REGISTRATION FEES Includes admittance into AAFS sessions starting with the Tuesday evening Welcoming Reception through the Saturday morning Scientific Sessions (excludes all Special Functions).  A complimentary beverage ticket is included with full-paying registrations (excludes Student, Daily, and Workshop […]


Policy Page – November 2015

Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations Sources:  Victor Weedn, MD, JD, CFSO Liaison and Beth Lavach, CFSO Advocate The primary news concerning forensic science reform legislation is that it appears that there is more significant discussion than in the past between the Republicans and Democrats and between the House and the Senate.  This would suggest that […]


President’s Message – November 2015

Source: Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD, 2015-16 AAFS President Gearing up to become a Standards Development Organization (SDO) is dominating the myriad of activities of the Academy, but appropriately so. Standards-setting is a dominant activity in the forensic sciences community and the Academy has the strength and depth to step into a critical supportive role […]


FEPAC Statement of Support for Establishing Ph.D. Programs in Forensic Science

The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) encourages universities with FEPAC-accredited Master’s degree programs and the requisite faculty and research infrastructure to establish PhD degree programs in forensic science. FEPAC believes there is a need for more scientists with PhD degrees in forensic science to effectively advance the field of forensic science. Such individuals […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News – November 2015

Source:  Dean De Crisce, MD, Section Secretary Fall is upon us and the schedule has been set for the upcoming annual meeting in Las Vegas! Program Chair Gregg Dwyer reported: we have a great lineup coming together for the section at the 2016 meeting. We are filling two-and-a-half days of presentations and two sessions of […]


Criminalistics Section News – November 2015

  Source:  Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS, Section Secretary It’s fall when everyone’s thoughts should be turning to…making sure their plans are coming together to attend the AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas (February 22-27, 2016)! With the Transformation:  Embracing Change meeting theme, you can be certain the meeting will be energizing and thought-provoking. […]


Toxicology Section News – November 2015

Sources:  Fiona Couper, PhD, Section Program Chair, and Nikolas Lemos, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair We are now only a few months away from the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, and many events and sessions centered around the Transformation: Embracing Change theme. The program is now finalized and we are once again looking forward […]


Pathology/Biology Section News – November 2015

  Source:  Jim L. Caruso, MD, Section Secretary The 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting Program Chairs have been busy putting together what promises to be an educational and informative week for us in Las Vegas and our own Joyce deJong is no exception. Dr. deJong has finished her initial review of the abstracts, and attendees will be […]


Engineering Sciences Section (ESS) Members Spread Their Wings Over Europe and Canada and Are Ready for Las Vegas 2016

Sources:  John Nixon, MBA, Section Chair, and David Pienkowski, PhD, Section Program Chair Engineering Sciences Section (ESS) members have been traveling, hosting meetings, and preparing an exciting roster of presentations for the Las Vegas meeting. Specifically, ESS Fellow and AAFS Board of Directors representative Laura Liptai attended the 7th European Academy of Forensic Science (EAFS) […]


A Word From Your 2016 Program Co-Chair – November 2015

  Source:  Julie A. Howe, MBA, 2016 Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair President Weedn’s theme of Transformation:  Embracing Change could not be more fitting as the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for forensic science efforts progress and the AAFS is making huge strides to become an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited Standards Development Organization (SDO), […]


Locating, Evaluating and Selecting Expert Witnesses Course

The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law (NCSTL) at Stetson University College of Law and the Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service have launched an innovative online course entitled “Locating, Evaluating, and Selecting Expert Witnesses.” The course has been approved for 3.5 General Continuing Legal […]