Monthly Archives: April 2016


Inaugural Gordon Research Conference on Forensic DNA Analysis

The inaugural Gordon Research Conference on Forensic DNA Analysis will be held in Waterville Valley, NH, June 19-24, 2016. Two years of planning have gone into developing this exciting new meeting and program, and we are honored to invite you to attend this limited registration conference. The website link below explains in brief what GRCs […]


Tony Longhetti Scholarship Information

Source: Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS, Criminalistics Section Chair One of the lighter moments of the Criminalistics Section Business Meeting in February was when, after voting to increase the contribution to the Tony Longhetti Scholarship Fund, it became apparent that no one in the room knew how the scholarship is administered. A mini research project has […]


Seventh Annual Prescriptions for Criminal Justice Forensics Conference – June 3, 2016

The American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section and the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics brings together expert academics, prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges, scientists, and others to discuss forensic evidence and its impact on criminal justice. Speakers include representatives from the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and […]


Continuing Education Credit Requests

The deadline for submission of Continuing Education Credit and Certificates was March 14. If you have not done so, please submit your forms immediately via overnight mail service (fax and email are not accepted). Submissions have been processed and certificates were mailed April 15. Requests for 2016 late submissions or certificate reprints will be honored until June […]


National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) – Digital Evidence Commissioner Vacancy

The Federal Register Notice for the National Commission on Forensic Science Digital Evidence Commissioner vacancy was posted on April 18, 2016. Application instructions are included in the notice and should be submitted by Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Additional information may be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/04/18/2016-08926/national-commission-on-forensic-science-solicitation-of-applications-for-additional-commission.


AAFS Reference Library – NOW Available by Section and Year Online

An entire year of your sections abstracts are now available online in pdf format!  With credit to AAFS staff, the AAFS Reference Library can be filtered by year and section for easier access. 2016 abstracts are now available. The Reference Series has proven to be a terrific resource, as many people are just starting to […]


Criminalistics Section Membership Update – National Science Foundation

Source: Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS, Workshop Co-Chair As the attendees of the 2016 Criminalistics Section Business Meeting are aware, there wasn’t enough time to cover all of the desired section liaison updates. Because of this, throughout this coming year the section leadership will provide updates for groups that either were not able to present during the […]


2016-17 AAFS Officers

John Gerns accepts the President’s Gavel Plaque from President Victor Weedn during the 2016 Annual Business Meeting. John E. Gerns, MFS, assumed the office of AAFS President and is joined by the following individuals who were elected to office at the Annual Business Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 24, in Las […]


ANSI Board of Standards Review Appoints Teresa Ambrosius

Teresa Ambrosius, the Technical Coordinator for the AAFS Standards Board (ASB), was recently appointed to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Standards Review (BSR). The ANSI BSR is primarily responsible for the approval and withdrawal of American National Standards. The functions of the BSR include, but may not be limited to: implementing procedures […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation News

A great thank you goes to Academy members who have continued to support the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) with contributions to the Endowment Fund. Through your continued support, the Foundation has awarded more than $300,183.37 in grants over the past 26 years. The FSF Board of Trustees would like to thank Sue Ballou, Robert Barsley, […]


FSF Warren-Young Scholarship: May 1 Deadline

Purpose: This award is designed to encourage forensic science education at the middle and high school level. Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: The Warren-Young Scholarship is intended to provide funds; up to $1,500, for middle and high school teachers to purchase supplies, equipment, or reference materials to support forensic science education in teaching basic scientific principles. Applications […]


FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline

Purpose: The Jan Grant Award is to provide Graduate Students with financial assistance to complete their thesis or independent research project as required for a graduate degree in Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. The thesis or research project must be in the field of Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Eligibility Requirements: The applicant […]


FSF Acorn and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (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 […]


2016-17 Annual Meeting Program Chairs

AAFS President John Gerns announced the 2017 Annual Program Committee for the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA. The Program Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs are: Program: Julie A. Howe, MBA (314) 977‑8707 howej@slu.edu Christine Funk, JD christinefunk@christinefunk.net Plenary Session: Joanna L. Collins, MFS (210) 858-5125 joanna@linusconsultinggroup.com Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD (415) 553-9009 nikolas.lemos@sfgov.org […]


Thank You 2016 Annual Meeting Financial Supporters!

The Academy would like to thank the following financial supporters for their generous contributions that led to the success of the 2016 AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting: Mitotyping Technologies supported the Exhibit Hall Coffee Break Aegis Sciences Foundation supported the Toxicology Section’s Program Agilent Technologies, Inc. supported the Toxicology Section’s Program Anthropology Section supported the […]


AAFS Topics of Interest and CE Needs Requested

What topics should be addressed at the Academy’s 69th Annual Scientific Meeting? AAFS members are asked to send suggestions for topics of interest and continuing education needs for the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting to the Academy headquarters. All responses received will be communicated to the program committee members when they commence their review of […]


AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award: Call for Nominations

The AAFS Past Presidents Council (PPC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award, to be presented at the AAFS Annual Meeting in 2017. The award’s intent is to provide Academy-wide recognition for the contributions of an Associate Member, Member, or Fellow of the Academy […]


2016-17 Section Officers

Anthropology Chair: Gregory E. Berg, PhD Secretary: Kate Spradley, PhD Criminalistics Chair: Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS Secretary: Vincent J. Desiderio, Jr., MS Digital & Multimedia Sciences Chair: Marcus Rogers, PhD Secretary: Marla E. Carroll, BS Engineering Sciences Chair: John Nixon, CEng, MBA Secretary: Michelle R. Hoffman, MS General Chair: Claire E. Shepard, MS Secretary: Joanna […]


18th Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award (EFSA) Competition

PURPOSE: To nurture a productive dialogue between emerging judicial and forensic standards of reliability and validity, the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer the 18th Annual Emerging Forensic Scientist Award. The award will be presented to the author of the best paper on any topic focusing on the reliability and validity of techniques, […]


FEPAC Proposes Forensic Investigation Standards – Call for Comments

The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is asking for your comments on and reaction to the proposed standards shown below for academic programs in forensic investigation and related areas. Background: FEPAC has recently been discussing the possibility of expanding the scope of its accreditation activities to areas other than classic forensic science/criminalistics. A […]


2016 FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Winners: Lauren Traveller and Kelsey L. Wilkinson, BS

The 17th Annual Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted in Las Vegas, NV. The following presenters were selected as the 2016 winners by a panel of judges: Lauren Traveller, DNP, was selected for her presentation entitled, Risk Factors in Adjudicative Incompetency: A Case Study, and Kelsey L. Wilkinson, BS, […]


AAFS Membership Approves Major Revisions to AAFS Ethics Procedures

During the 2016 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, the membership voted on major revisions to the AAFS bylaws and procedures related to its Code of Ethics. You may access the amendments to the AAFS Bylaws at http://www.aafs.org/wp-content/uploads/Bylaws.pdf. You may access the newly revised ethics procedures in the AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual at […]


AAFS Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Mentors Needed

Source: Laura Liptai, PhD, Engineering Sciences Section Board Representative The Million Women Mentors (MWM) is a national movement led by STEMconnector. MWM supports the engagement of one million Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women in persisting and succeeding in STEM programs […]


AAFS Membership Approves Major Revisions to AAFS Ethics Procedures

During the 2016 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, the membership voted on major revisions to the AAFS bylaw amendments and procedures related to its Code of Ethics. You may access the amendments to the AAFS Bylaws at this link http://www.aafs.org/wp-content/uploads/Bylaws.pdf.  You may access the newly revised ethics procedures in the AAFS Policy and Procedure […]