Monthly Archives: March 2016

Anthropology Section News – April 2016

We hope everyone enjoyed Las Vegas. Greg Berg and Kate Spradley, 2016 program co-chairs, received positive feedback from many of you regarding the Anthropology Section Scientific Sessions. We would like to thank all of the presenters for allowing time for questions as well as thank those who asked questions. Congratulations to new officers and program […]

AAFS Past President Victor Weedn Appointed to the Office of the Deputy Attorney General

At the National Commission on Forensic Science, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced AAFS Past President Victor Weedn’s appointment to the Office of the Deputy Attorney General.  Congratulations, Dr, Weedn! For more information, visit

Jurisprudence Section News – April 2016

Sources: Stephanie Domitrovich, JD, PhD, Section Chair, and Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary We had another successful AAFS Annual Meeting, which was held this year in Las Vegas. The Jurisprudence Section Program Chair, Lauri Traub, and Section Program Co-Chair, Ted Vosk, provided us with presenters lecturing on valuable scientific evidence topic areas consistent with the […]

Toxicology Section News – April 2016

Source: Dan T. Anderson, MS, Section Chair Rounding out the last of the disciplines to report on how wonderful the AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas was…would be, of course, Toxicology. “Recovery” is a word that is still being used and it’s a month later! A tremendous thanks to our Section Program Chairs […]

Young Forensic Scientists Forum Newsletter – April 2016

Editors: Brianna Bermudez, BS, and Jacob Griffin, BS A Letter from the 2015-16 YFSF President Writing my final Young Forensic Scientist Forum (YFSF) newsletter entry is very bittersweet. For the past two years, I have had the honor of serving as the YFSF President and I am indebted to so many. The YFSF events at […]

National Commission on Forensic Science Draft Work Products Open for Public Comment

The National Commission on Forensic Science Draft Work Products is now open for public comment for the United States Department of Justice.  This information has recently been updated and is now available at Seven (7) Initial Draft work products are now available for public comment.  The comment period will close on April 5, 2016, […]

Engineering Sciences Section News – April 2016

Price or Performance The Engineering Sciences Section is planning an eye-opening session for the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA. The title of this provocative session is Price or Performance. Engineering Sciences Section members will present their considerable experiences exploring design and material selection and describe how these decisions provided outstanding performance when […]

Notification of CODIS Bulletin

Please be aware that National DNA Index System (NDIS) -participating laboratories should have received a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) bulletin on March 14, 2016, regarding updated criteria for searching DNA profiles at the national level. The changes will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of NDIS searches and will be […]

Douglas H. Ubelaker Receives the AAFS Distinguished Fellow Award

Dr. Douglas H. Ubelaker was honored with one of the Academy’s highest honors, the Distinguished Fellow Award, during the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas.  He received a standing ovation by the entire assembly as he accepted the award during the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony on February 24. Dr. Ubelaker, past president of AAFS, has […]

Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News – April 2016

Source: Dean M. De Crisce, MD, Section Secretary We hope that everyone had a pleasant and meaningful experience at our recent conference in Las Vegas, NV. We had an exciting speaker lineup comprised of three days of presentations and poster presentations covering a wide variety of topics in forensic behavioral science. We wish to thank […]

FEPAC Revises Undergraduate Digital Evidence Standards for Public Comment

Over the course of the last two years, FEPAC and a subcommittee comprised of educators and practitioner experts in the field conducted an in depth review of the FEPAC standards as they relate to Digital & Multimedia Forensic Science. The review was initiated as a result of concerns expressed by the computer science community that […]

FEPAC Statement of Support for the Expansion of Pattern Evidence Curricula

The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) encourages universities providing forensic science degrees to develop and implement pattern evidence degree programs. FEPAC believes that a paradigm shift in the education and training of pattern evidence disciplines such as latent print analysis, firearms and tool marks analysis, handwriting analysis, and impressions analysis is needed. The […]

Lucy Davis, Amber Riley, Murrell Godfrey, and Lisa Gavin Receive the Kenneth S. Field Award for Outstanding Service to the AAFS Staff

Source: Anne Warren, Executive Director Every year, AAFS members volunteer on countless committees and boards, and their names are published in newsletters and announced throughout the week of the annual meeting. However, there are some who work behind the scenes all year long, quietly and cheerfully offering their expertise, guidance, and energy to the AAFS […]

FEPAC Proposes Revised Standards for Digital Evidence Program

Over the course of the past two years, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and a subcommittee comprised of educators and practitioner experts in the field conducted an in-depth review of the FEPAC standards as they relate to Digital & Multimedia Forensic Science. The review was initiated as a result of concerns expressed […]

AAFS Technology & Emails Caught in Spam Filters

Source: Jeffrey Lubbers, Information Technology & Website Coordinator At this year’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, it was brought to my attention that the new Academy News Feed notifications are not being received by many of the members, but the email blasts were being received. To help ensure that there is consistent and reliable communication, I […]

2016 FEPAC Accreditation Decisions

At its February 2016 Annual Meeting, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) conducted reviews of forensic science programs that had applied for accreditation during the 2015 review cycle. The summary of accreditation actions taken by FEPAC are available online through the FEPAC website The document, “FEPAC 2016 Accreditation Decisions,” is available under […]

A Word From Your 2017 Program Chair

Source: Julie A. Howe, MBA, Program Chair The 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting was well attended with more than 4,500 attendees with more than 650 international attendees from 69 countries taking part in annual meeting activities in Las Vegas. In addition, there were 121 exhibiting companies in attendance. The warmer temperatures were appreciated by those from […]

General Section Newsletter, March 2016

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Secretary Where does the time go? Another successful Academy meeting has come and gone. The 2016 meeting was filled with many educational opportunities, outstanding presentations, and networking. This program would not have been a success without the work of the Section Program Chair, Arthur “Steve” Chancellor, and Program Co-Chair, […]

AAFS 2016 International Educational Outreach Program – Destination New Zealand

AAFS President John Gerns invites you to join him in the 2016 IEOP Destination New Zealand September 11-18, 2016. Mr. Gerns, along with the Australian New Zealand Forensic Science Socity (ANZFSS) president, Dr. Claude Roux, have organized a week long tour and exchange among forensic science colleagues throughout New Zealand. The 2016 IEOP details and […]