Monthly Archives: March 2017


General Section News

Source:  Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Chair Another exciting annual meeting has come and gone. For those who had the opportunity to attend, it was filled with outstanding presentations consistent with the Academy’s theme of Our Future Reflects Our Past:  The Evolution of Forensic Science as chosen by Past President John Gerns. John was not […]


Questioned Documents Section News — March 2017

Source: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Section Secretary The 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting in New Orleans was an exciting one for the Questioned Documents Section members in attendance. The week began with the Fundamentals of Printing and Graphic Arts Examinations workshop taught by Lindsey Dyn and Peter Belcastro. […]


Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Carol E. Henderson, BA, JD – 2008-2009 AAFS President

Source:  Nancy Jackson, AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation As National Women’s History Month comes to a close, we honor our sixth female AAFS President and the first female AAFS President from the Jurisprudence Section. The interaction of law and science is the nexus that creates the forensic science disciplines within the world of science. […]


Announcing the Winner of the 2017 Academy Cup … Pathology/Biology!

Another amazing Annual Scientific Meeting has come and gone, and with it, another Academy Cup competition.  At the Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, the winner of the coveted Academy Cup was announced, and the team that won did so by a margin.  Congratulations to the Pathology/Biology Section! Pathology/Biology Team Members: James Caruso, MD, […]


Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Mary Fran Ernst, BLS, 2001-2002 AAFS President

In continued celebration of National Women’s History Month, we honor the work of the female American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Presidents who have produced lasting effects on the quality of forensic science training and education. Although forensic science educational programs are common today, that was not always the case. Similarly, professional training programs in […]


2017 Anthropology Awards

Source: Jennifer C. Love, PhD, Section Secretary Please join me in congratulating our colleagues who received awards during the AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting. The T. Dale Stewart Award — Julie Saul and Frank Saul were awarded the 2017 T. Dale Stewart Award for their outstanding contributions to forensic anthropology. We look forward to passing […]


2017 FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Winners: D’Nisha D. Hamblin and Lindsay Glicksberg

The 18th Annual Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted in New Orleans, LA.  The following presenters were selected as the 2017 winners by a panel of judges:  D’Nisha D. Hamblin, MSFS, was selected for her presentation entitled Evaluation of a New Technology for the Collection and Analysis of Breath Components […]


Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Patricia J. McFeeley, MD, 1999-2000 AAFS President

Source: Nancy Jackson, AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation This month, we recognize and honor the many achievements of the female American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Past Presidents to celebrate National Women’s History Month. Of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, forensic science is the most subject diverse, encompassing all of the […]


AAFS President’s Message March 2017

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE One month into my term as your President, I am even more thankful to Immediate Past President John Gerns for his leadership and mentorship.  Without John’s diligent planning, the New Orleans meeting would not have been a success in his absence.  Without his transparency about the issues and decisions he faced during his […]


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 […]


2018 Call For Papers Form

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ (AAFS) 2018 Call For Papers Form is now available.  You may access the form from the link on the AAFS 2018 Annual Meetings – Seattle webpage; or, click on the following link to download the 2018 Call For Papers Form.


Thank You To Our 69th Annual Scientific Meeting Volunteers

The 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting volunteers were fantastic! Thank you to Local Arrangements Committee Chair Robert E. Barsley, DDS, JD. The support provided by the volunteers was crucial to the success of the annual meeting. The volunteers, who come from all over the world, assist AAFS Staff during events and behind the scenes (from assembling meeting bags, […]


Section Member Donald Shelton Makes the News for His Contribution to the AAFS Program

Source:  Pamela A.W. King, JD, Jurisprudence Section Secretary Retired Judge Donald Shelton’s presentation at the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) was reported on in Forensic Magazine. Here is the link:  http://www.forensicmag.com/article/2017/02/judges-lawyers-and-scientists-why-cant-we-all-just-get-along.


Robert E. Gaensslen Receives the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion

Dr. Robert E. Gaensslen was honored at the 69th American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA, with the Academy’s highest honor — the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion. The Gradwohl Medallion is intended to honor one who has made exceptional contributions to the field of forensic science. The criteria for the […]


Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Maureen Casey Owens, D-ABFDE, 1984 AAFS President

Source:  Nancy Jackson,  AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, our focus is on the female trailblazers in forensic science who have served as presidents of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The second female president of the AAFS served during the noticeable growth and expansion of […]


FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize: October 15 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2018 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a wonderful […]


FSF Student Affiliate Scholarships: August 1 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) will fund a limited number of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Student Affiliate registrations for the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting through a “Scholarship Program.” To qualify for the scholarship, AAFS Student Affiliates must submit an abstract for the AAFS 2018 program through the online submission system or […]


FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship for International AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Attendees:  August 1 Deadline

Purpose:  The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) will fund a limited number of American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) international member registrations for the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting through a “Scholarship Program.” Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: • Only members or affiliates of the AAFS who have never attended an annual meeting and who reside outside of […]


19th 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 is pleased to offer the 19th 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, processes, […]


Meet Detective X, the Founder of Modern Forensics

Source:  Nancy Jackson, AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation  Wilmer Souder founded the FBI crime lab and worked on the Manhattan Project – but then we forgot about him. Meet Detective X and read the entire article written by Alexandra Ossola for MotherBoard.  Read the observations from Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-2018 American Academy of Forensic […]


Thank You 2017 Financial Supporters!

The Academy would like to thank the following financial supporters for their generous contributions which led to the success of the 2017 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 69th Annual Scientific Meeting: Aegis Sciences Corporation supported the Toxicology Section’s Events Methodist University supported Workshop #21 Agilent Technologies, Inc. supported the Toxicology Section Scientific Program Millipore […]


InterFORENSICS Conference Scholarship Opportunity

Source: Tanisha Henson, MFS, AAFS Fellow, General Section Welcome home from an amazing week in New Orleans! During the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, an amazing scholarship opportunity was presented to participate in the InterFORENSICS conference. This will be held by the Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences in the capital city […]


2017-18 Section Officers

Anthropology Chair:  Kate Spradley, PhD Secretary:  Jennifer C. Love, PhD Odontology Chair:  Raymond G. Miller, DDS Secretary:  Adam J. Freeman, DDS Criminalistics Chair:  Vincent J. Desiderio, Jr., MS Secretary:  Kristy Kadash, PhD Pathology/Biology Chair:  Joyce L. deJong, DO Secretary:  David O. Carter, PhD Digital & Multimedia Sciences Chair:  Marcus Rogers, PhD Secretary:  Marla E. Carroll, […]


A Word of Thanks From the Forensic Sciences Foundation

  Thank you to all who bid on all of the wonderful items and for supporting the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Silent Auction Fundraiser.  All auction proceeds benefit the Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc., Endowment Fund, which supports FSF Research Grant Programs.   The Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc., would like to thank and acknowledge those who generously […]


Continuing Education Credit Requests

Source:  Kimberly Wrasse, Executive Assistant & Continuing Education Coordinator The deadline for submissions of Continuing Education Credit and Certificates was March 6.  If you have not done so already, please submit your forms.  Submissions are being processed and certificates will be available on your AAFS Account Portal approximately April 15.  Please note that submissions will not be […]


CFSO Draft Documents Review

Source:  Linton Mohammed, PhD, Section Chair   Questioned Documents Section, Please check your American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Member Account Portal for the latest draft proposals from the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CSFO). Provide comments/recommendations on whether AAFS should support the legislation to their Board of Directors within 12 days. Send your comments/recommendations to Tom […]


CFSO Newsletter

Source:  Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS Representative You are invited to view the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) February 2017 newsletter at http://thecfso.org/newsletter/CFSO_Newsletter_201702.pdf. In addition, please note CFSO’s participation in the National Forensic Science Academy for Leadership and Management (NFSA). NFSA was created by a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation® that was awarded jointly […]


Friends of the Forensic Sciences Foundation

The following Friends of the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) generously contributed to the Foundation during the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Contributions are very much appreciated and ensure a sound financial basis for the FSF grant programs, the Emerging Forensic Scientist Award, and other FSF-sponsored educational […]


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

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Past Presidents Council (PPC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2017-18 Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award.  The recipient will receive a plaque that will be presented at the Annual Business Meeting, a check for $1,000, and reimbursement to attend the 2018 AAFS Annual […]