Monthly Archives: December 2015


Forensic Sciences Foundation 2015-16 Student Travel Grant Winners

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce the winners of the “FSF Student Travel Grant Award” essay contest: Kelsey Carpenter, BS, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Jacob Griffin, BS, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Roger Jefferys, BS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Kelly Kamnikar, BS, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Lauren Alyssa Meckel, BS, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Matthew Newmeyer, BS, Student Affiliate/Toxicology; Lindsey Roberts, MA, Student […]


FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize Awarded

Kelsey A. Carpenter, BS Congratulations to Kelsey A. Carpenter, BS (Anthropology), who has been honored with the CRC Press Grant Award!  In collaboration with the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF), CRC Press donated to the top-scoring FSF Student Travel Grant candidate an “instant library” of $1,500-worth (list price) of pre-selected books that will be presented at the annual […]


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! Mithun Rajshekar, MFSc (Odontology) of Hobart, Tasmania, was selected based on his abstract submission entitled, “Assessing the Reliability of Measurements of Human Dental Casts Using an Intraoral 3D Scanner.” Dr. Rajshekar’s paper is scheduled for oral presentation […]


FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistant Grant Winner

2015-16 Bashinski Grant Recipient Sarah Riman, PhD The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Sarah Riman, PhD, was awarded the 2015-16 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, “Streamlining Semen and Sperm Cell Detection Via Proximity Ligation Real-Time PCR with Forensic DNA Analysis.” This year’s award consists […]


Policy Page – January 2016

Legislation: Source: Victor Weedn, MD, JD, AAFS 2015-16 President It seems that frustration has been growing within Washington circles about the lack of forensic science reform. Simultaneously, in the wake of more police shootings, there has been increasing consensus for a need for criminal justice reform that may subsume forensic science reform. Regardless, this year […]


2015 FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Winners: Federica Collini, MD and Whitney Simpson, BS

The 16th Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted in Orlando, FL. The following presenters were selected as the 2015 winners by a panel of judges: Whitney A. Simpson, BS, was selected for her poster presentation entitled, “Highly Multiplexed Analysis of STRs and SNPs Using Massively Parallel Sequencing: Concordance With Current Methodologies,” […]


Jurisprudence Section Happenings – January 2016

  Sources:  Christine Funk, JD, Section Chair and Stephanie Domitrovich, JD, PhD, Section Secretary We look forward to the wonderful presentations of our members and others at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas in February. Please do not forget to buy your luncheon ticket ASAP online AND ahead of time. Do not wait […]


AAFS Fellow Douglas Scott Awarded the Society for Historical Archaeology’s Highest Honor

Please join the Anthropology and General Sections as we congratulate Douglas Scott, forensic archaeologist and Fellow of the General Section.  He has been awarded the J.C. Harrington Medal in Historical Archaeology.  This honor reflects his years of service as a forensic archaeologist in overseas human rights investigations, as well as his pursuit of traditional archaeological […]


FSF Announces 2015-16 Lucas Grant Award Recipients!

Each year the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) awards monies in the form of grants to members of the forensic science communities for research conducted throughout the year. The FSF has awarded four 2015-16 FSF Lucas Grants and is pleased to announce the recipients of the research grants for this year.  Congratulations! The 2015-16 FSF Lucas […]


Transformation: Embracing Change – General Section, January 2016

Source:  Joanna Collins, Section Secretary Change is inevitable; you can adapt and overcome or you can resist and risk becoming unnecessary and obsolete. President Weedn’s theme for the 2016 Annual Meeting of Transformation: Embracing Change could not be more fitting as the mantra for the General Section and the overall field of forensic science. The […]


Transformation: Embracing Change — Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, January 2016

AAFS President Weedn’s theme for this coming year is Transformation: Embracing Change. This is particularly relevant for psychiatry and behavioral science and presents a challenge that is, perhaps, unique to the behavioral sciences when compared to some of the other “hard sciences” involved in the AAFS. To borrow from the terminology of Dr. Henry Nasrallah, […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News – January 2016

We hope that you all have made plans to join us at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas in February. We will be welcoming some new section members as well as promoting Members and Fellows.  We’re looking forward to spending time with everyone. Program Chair Gregg Dwyer reports: Our section conference lineup will […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section News – January 2016

Source:  Marcus K. Rogers, PhD, Section Secretary By the time this month’s newsletter is released, it will be one month before the annual meeting in Las Vegas. The program committee has done an excellent job of reviewing the submissions and this year’s program looks like another home run for our section. The Digital & Multimedia […]


Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces Bill to Improve Processing and Analysis of DNA Samples for Law Enforcement Purposes

Washington, D.C. — Senate Judiciary Committee members Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and Mike Lee (R-Utah), together with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) introduced legislation today to enhance the ability of law enforcement agencies to use DNA technology to solve crime and clear individuals from suspicion. Their bill, the Rapid DNA Act of 2015, […]


Odontology Section Update

Source: John P. Kenney, DDS, MS Registration for the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas is available online.  The pre-registration deadline is January 27, 2016. An outstanding group of papers has been selected by Section Program Chair, Adam Freeman. The American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO) Program on Tuesday will cover important work accomplished […]


General Section – January 2016

Source:  Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Secretary We hope this finds you all enjoying the holiday season and gearing up for the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Online registration has begun and the Advance Program is available on the AAFS website. Our section membership had impressive submissions and this year’s program will have […]


AAFS Ethics Committee Action

Pursuant to Section 6.1.4.3. of the Policy and Procedure Manual of the AAFS, the decision of the Board of Directors in Ethics Case No. 2014-5 (Herbert MacDonell) is hereby published. On September 17, 2015, the AAFS Board of Directors unanimously ratified the decision of the Ethics Committee that found Herbert MacDonell violated Article II, Section […]


68th Annual Scientific Meeting Award Presentations

AAFS Distinguished Fellow Honoree The AAFS Distinguished Fellow Award will be presented on Wednesday, February 24, during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting. Join us in acknowledging your most distinguished colleague as he is presented with this prestigious award: Douglas H. Ubelaker, PhD AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award Honoree The AAFS Outstanding […]


NCFS Documents and December Agenda Released

The next National Commission on Forensic Science meeting will be held December 7-8, 2015, in Washington, DC. As you will note, there are several documents that are either up for final vote or for introduction. Please consider reviewing the documents and providing any feedback to the Commission via the Department Of Justice (DOJ) portal (http://www.justice.gov/ncfs/draft-work-products-open-public-comment. The […]