Monthly Archives: October 2016


Data Integrity in Forensic Science and Engineering

Source: David Pienkowski, PhD, Program Chair The integrity of scientific methods, resulting data, and objectivity of forensic investigators has been called into question. A recent (9/19/16) Wall Street Journal article titled, “Rejecting Voodoo Science in the Courtroom,” prefaced the release of a study by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). This […]


AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Update

Source: Brad Wing, MS, Secretariat, AAFS Standards Board As you may know, in 2015 the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) agreed to establish the Academy Standards Board (ASB) for the development of forensic standards when approached by the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). The ASB has been up and operational since the beginning […]


AAFS Fellow Haskell Pitluck Honored at ANZFSS Symposium

Source: Laura L. Liptai, PhD, Engineering Sciences Section Director AAFS Jurisprudence Section Fellow Haskell Pitluck was honored with the “Best Oral Presentation” award at the recent Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) 23rd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences. Congratulations, Judge Pitluck! The presentation, The Status of Bite Mark Evidence in the United […]


FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistant Grant Recipient

Wei Chean Chuah, BS 2016-17 Bashinski Grant Recipient The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce that Wei Chean Chuah, BS, was awarded the 2016-17 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for his paper, “Argon Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry for Forensic Analysis of Illicit Drugs.”  This year’s award consists […]


President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization with a major objective of improving practice within the field of forensic science. The organization recognizes the need for improvement, where needed, and view the findings in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report as notice of needed validation and […]