Monthly Archives: December 2016


National Commission on Forensic Science – Statistician Vacancy Solicitation – DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Federal Register Notice for the National Commission on Forensic Science Statistician vacancy was posted December 27.  Application instructions are included in the notice and should be submitted by Wednesday, January 11, 2017. The solicitation for applications for additional statistician Commission membership has been extended to 11:59 pm on Jan 26th. For more information, visit: […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation 2016-17 Student Travel Grant Winners

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce the winners of the “FSF Student Travel Grant Award” essay contest:  Catherine O. Brown, MSFS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Claire M. Cartozzo, MSFS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Clare M. Fried, BS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Nicole M. Novroski, MS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Julia R. Prince-Buitenhuys, MA, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Beatriz A. Pujols, BS, Student Affiliate/Criminalistics; Kelly A. Sauerwein, MA, Student […]


AAFS Fellow Randy Hanzlick Appointed to the NCFS

The Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the appointment of Randy Hanzlick, MD (AAFS Fellow, Pathology/Biology Section), to the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS).  Dr. Hanzlick also accepted the invitation to serve as the NCFS Medicolegal Death Investigation subcommittee co-chair alongside NCFS Commissioner John […]


FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize Awarded

Amanda R. Hale, MA Congratulations to Amanda R. Hale, MA (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 pre-selected books ($1,500 list price) that will be presented at the Annual […]


T. Dale Stewart Award and Other Items

Source: Gregory Berg, PhD, Section Chair Good Morning Anthropology! I would like to call your attention again to the T. Dale Stewart Award. Nominations for this award are due to the Section Officers no later than December 31. Please forward your nominations as soon as possible as the committee that evaluates these materials will be meeting shortly! […]


PCAST Request and Request for Hair Analysis Publications by Laura Fulginiti

Source:  Eric S. Lander, PhD Hello, Anthropology Section members, As you may already know, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences received the following letter from PCAST: In September 2016, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its Report to the President on “Forensic Science in the Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity […]


Criminalistics Section News — December 2016

Source: Patrick Buzzini, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair Louis Armstrong’s and Jelly Roll Morton’s jazz notes are echoing in my head more and more often as the AAFS annual meeting in New Orleans draws nearer! The theme of this upcoming meeting is extremely inspiring — Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science. We all have cultivated our own perspectives […]


Invitation to Provide Follow-up Information to PCAST Regarding its Forensics Report

In September 2016, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its Report to the President on “Forensic Science in the Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity Of Feature-Comparison Methods.” See https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_forensic_science_report_final.pdf. As a follow-up to this work, PCAST invites you to reply by Wednesday, December 14 to the following request: Please identify […]