Monthly Archives: September 2016


AAFS IEOP 2016 — Destination: New Zealand

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development & Accreditation This year’s International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) participants visited New Zealand from September 11-17. New Zealand (or Aotearoa — land of the long white cloud) is one of the most picturesque and historically interesting places on earth.  The travelers were treated to spectacular landscapes, mountain ranges, […]


President’s Message — October 2016

Source: John E. Gerns, MFS, 2016-17 President As summer comes to an end and fall begins knocking on our door, I have just returned from a part of the world where spring is beginning — I am speaking of New Zealand. This year, the AAFS International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) took place in New Zealand, also […]


Criminalistics Section — Seeking to Fill Non-Voting Member ASB CB Liaison Positions

Source: Karolyn R. Tontarski, MS, Section Chair The Criminalistics Section is seeking volunteers to fill non-voting member AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Consensus Body (CB) positions. We are looking for individuals who will actively participate in the development of standards documents. ASB CB liaison positions the Criminalistics Section is seeking to fill are in the following […]


PCAST Report–Forensic Science In Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods

A Report on Forensic Science in Criminal Courts:  Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods On September 20, 2016, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a Report to the President on Forensic Science In Criminal Courts:  Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods. Full report (pdf) References (pdf) Request for Information Responses (pdf) Blog post


Zika Virus Information for Travelers to the U.S. (Source:  U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

Although some countries have issued travels alerts for portions of the United States concerning the Zika virus, New Orleans is not currently in those alerts. The links below can help you stay up to date on U.S. Zika information: Areas with Zika in the U.S. (CDC) – http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/united-states.html CDC Zika Info – http://www.cdc.gov/zika/ Prevention – http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html


AAFS Deadline for Application for Membership and Promotion Is October 1

Sources:  Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Secretary, and Rhesa G. Gilliland, MS, Section Membership Committee Chair We have a great program scheduled for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, and we want as many people as possible who are qualified to attend to benefit from the presentations.  Please tell your coworkers and colleagues about […]


2017 IAFS 21st Triennial Meeting Announcement

IAFS 2017 is now less than a year away!  The 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) will be held in Toronto, Canada, August 21-25, 2017. The theme of IAFS 2017, Inter-Professional Collaboration in Forensic Science, will address the humanitarian aspects of forensic science to support human rights and justice.  The […]


Looking Ahead to the 2017 Pathology/Biology Session

Source:  David O. Carter, PhD, Section Program Chair They call it “D Day.”  Delivery Day, September 1, 2016, is the date that all presentations and moderators must be scheduled for the 2017 annual meeting. This year, we launched a new strategy for success on D Day:  using a Program Committee of five Members/Fellows.  Owen Middleton, […]


A Word From Your 2017 Program Chair

Source:  Julie A. Howe, MBA, 2017 Annual Meeting Program Chair The 2017 meeting looks to be popular, with more than 1,300 submissions for all sections, scientific sessions, and workshops, in addition to breakfast and luncheon seminars.  The Plenary and Interdisciplinary Sessions promise to be interesting with a focus on the meeting theme, Our Future Reflects […]


Toxicology Section News — October 2016

Source:  Fiona Couper, PhD, Section Secretary Now is the time for you to be making plans to join us in New Orleans as we both celebrate the past and look forward to the years ahead.  Section Program Chair Nikolas Lemos (Nikolas.Lemos@ucsf.edu) and Co-Chair William (Bill) Johnson (william.johnson@slh.wisc.edu) continue to work behind the scenes to bring […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science News — October 2016

Source:  Dean M. De Crisce, MD, Section Secretary As we enter the fall season, we hope you have all had a nice summer.  Submissions for presentations at our 2017 annual conference have been completed and organized into a stimulating program. Varin Gosein, our section’s program chair, reported: This year, we have a very exciting program. […]


Criminalistics Section News — October 2016

Source:  Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS, Section Chair With 2016 speeding by, the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be here before we know it!  Abstracts are in and selections have been made, so we already know the meeting in New Orleans will be loaded with lots of amazing presentations.  Criminalistics Section Program Committee Chair Kristy […]


AAFS Annual Meeting Employment Forum & FEPAC University Fair

The AAFS will be hosting its 14th Annual Employment Forum and its 6th Annual University Fair during the 2017 annual meeting in New Orleans, LA.  The purpose is to provide employers and academic programs with the following: Employment Forum — a means for employers and applicants to meet, to exchange information, to conduct informal interviews, or to schedule interviews for […]


Jurisprudence Section Members Talk Forensic Science and the Law Around the World

Source: Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary Section Member Carol Henderson will be delivering a keynote presentation at the 23rd Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society International Symposium in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 18-23, 2016.  The title of the presentation is “Judicial and Legal Education in the Forensic Science: The Latest Progress Made […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Working Group

Source: Micheal Peat, Editor, Journal of Forensic Sciences At the request of AAFS Past President Victor Weedn, a Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) Working Group was formed to examine the operating structure of the Journal. Its charge was as follows: “Given the ongoing changes in forensic science and the continued growth of JFS, this committee is […]