Monthly Archives: April 2017


Sexual Assault and Prevention Month

Source:  Diane Faugno, MSN, General Section Retired Fellow April is the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The chances of being a sexual assault victim in your lifespan are high. Statics often quote one in three females and one in six males will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. Unfortunately, this is a […]


Sexual Assault and Prevention Awareness of Human Trafficking

Source:  Joyce Williams, DNP, General Section Fellow Human trafficking has received more visibility worldwide and is the fastest form of commerce nationally. Because it is such a lucrative business, preventative attempts are seen in many states. The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report provides profit statistics for forced labor/labor trafficking and sex trafficking annually. In 2014, […]


National Commission on Forensic Science

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, Criminalistics Section Board of Directors Representative The Department of Justice extended an invitation to the AAFS to attend the 13th Meeting of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) in Washington, DC, on April 10-11. As the Criminalistics Section Board of Directors Representative, I was given the privilege of […]


Pathology/Biology Section News – April 2017

Source:  David O. Carter, PhD, Section Secretary 2017 Annual Meeting Overview The 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in New Orleans, LA, proved to be a success. First, thank you to all contributors and participants. The annual meeting could not exist without you. Without the hard work of Pathology/Biology Section […]


Virginia Addressing Sexual Assault Kits on Multiple Fronts

Source: Linda C. Jackson, AAFS Member, Criminalistics Section For the past three years, Virginia has been working to completely overhaul the way sexual assault kits or Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERKs) are handled in the Commonwealth. Through bipartisan legislative efforts, multidisciplinary stakeholder work groups, sexual assault kit grants, and state funds, Virginia is pursuing multiple approaches […]


Forensics Uncut

On Friday, April 14, 2017, Board of Directors member C. Ken Williams spoke at a presentation of the Forensics Uncut student group at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ken spoke to the group about his personal journey as a person of color in the field of forensic science and the role that the American Academy of Forensic […]


2018 Meeting Theme: “Science Matters.” Abstract Submissions Will Be Open Soon!

Source:  Christine Funk, JD, Program Chair April is here! It won’t be long before the Academy opens Abstract Submissions. The submission deadline is August 1, 2017. This year’s meeting theme is “Science Matters,” focusing on broadening AAFS and forensic science horizons. Under this umbrella, we are focusing on Research, Diversity, and Communication. Research:  By emphasizing […]


The National Commission on Forensic Science April 10-11, 2017, Meeting

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President As the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) sunsets, AAFS members who serve as NCFS members, invited presenters, and interested attendees met in Washington, DC, on April 10-11, 2017. Board of Director Representative C. Ken Williams and Past President Carol Henderson were among the invited presenters at […]


The 8th Annual Prescription for Criminal Justice Forensics Program

Source:  Carol Rose, ABA Criminal Justice Section For the eighth year, the American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics will bring together experts, including academics, prosecutors, defense lawyers, scientists, and others to discuss forensic evidence and its impact on the […]


Complimentary AAFS Meeting Registrations Awarded

As an incentive to attend the 2017 AAFS Annual Business Meeting, all Fellows and Members in attendance were automatically entered in a random drawing to receive a complimentary meeting registration to attend the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA, February 19-24, 2018. Congratulations to Barbara Needell, DMD, a Fellow of the Odontology Section — this […]


Attending the 29th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Symposium and Dinner

Source:  Susan Ballou, MS, AAFS President-Elect In response to an invitation received by the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), I had the pleasure of representing our AAFS President at the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CSFI), National Fire and Emergency Services Annual Meeting, April 5-6, 2017. This meeting was held in Washington, DC, and provides a venue […]


Statement from the AAFS Board of Directors on the National Commission on Forensic Science

Source:  AAFS Board of Directors The American Academy of Forensic Sciences wholeheartedly commends its membership who provided expertise, wisdom, and guidance to the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) since its 2013 origin. There are 14 Commission Members, 3 Ex-Officio Members, and numerous sub-committee members who are also members of the Academy and the work […]


April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Source:  Nancy Jackson, AAFS Director of Development & Accreditation In 1978, San Francisco and New York City held the first Take Back the Night events in the United States. Over time, sexual assault awareness activities grew to include the issues of sexual violence against men and men’s roles in ending sexual violence. National Sexual Assault […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section Request for Submissions for the 2018 AAFS Annual Meeting

Source: J. Paul Fedoroff, MD, Program Chair Greetings to all current and potential members of the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) from this year’s Program Chairs, Paul Fedoroff and Sebastien Prat. The 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of AAFS will take place in Seattle, WA, February 19-24, 2018, […]


National Women’s History Month

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President During the month of March, we celebrated National Women’s History Month by remembering and honoring the six female Past Presidents of AAFS:  June K. Jones, Toxicologist (1979-1980), Maureen Casey Owens, Document Examiner (1984-1985), Marina Stajić, Toxicologist, (1992-1993), Patricia J. McFeeley, Pathologist (1999-2000), Mary Fran Ernst, Death Investigator […]


Message From the AAFS President — April 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President Message to the Membership: On March 7, 2017, the AAFS Board of Directors requested input from the membership on two pieces of legislation proposed by the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO), of which AAFS is a member. The two pieces of federal legislation concerned:  (1) the […]