Monthly Archives: May 2017

Call for Engineering Sciences Abstracts — May 2017

Sources:  David Pienkowski, PhD, Program Chair, and Sarah V. Hainsworth, PhD, Program Co-Chair Abstracts for the 2018 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, are due August 1. Please begin preparing your submissions now. Preference will be given to high-quality abstracts that demonstrate the rigorous application of science or engineering principles to […]

AAFS Revises Its Policy on Commercial Disclosure

At the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, Sondra Doolittle noted that AAFS has been in the process of revising the AAFS POLICY ON CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, ABSTRACTS, AND PRESENTATIONS regarding the disclosure of commercial products in abstracts, presentations, and Conflicts of Interest (COI). The requirements changed and the upcoming revision of the […]

Documents Section News — May 2017

Source:  Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Section Secretary Abstracts for workshops and oral and poster presentations to be presented at the 2018 AAFS meeting in Seattle, WA, are due August 1. The theme is “Science Matters.” Consider using this opportunity to present an oral or a poster presentation on a specific examination or testing procedure you use. Should […]

AAFS Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following list of topics was suggested: Multidisciplinary Sessions (Pathology/Biology and Toxicology, Pathology/Biology and Jurisprudence) Workshop regarding Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), and alternative […]

Statement From the AAFS Board of Directors on the DOJ Request for Input on Forensic Science

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The following statement has been submitted in response to the Department of Justice request for input on the role of forensic science in the justice system. The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) ( is a multi-disciplinary professional organization with a major objective of improving practice within the […]

Message From The AAFS President – May 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS On May 13, 2017, I had the honor of speaking at the commencement exercises for the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Forensic Sciences. This Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) -accredited program had 45 Bachelor of Science graduates and 15 Master of Science graduates for 2017. When I […]

AAFS Past President Robert Barsley Elected Chair of the CSSP Executive Committee

The Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) has announced that Dr. Robert E. Barsley has been elected Chair of the Executive Committee, effective January 1, 2017. Dr. Barsley is a professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and director of Oral Health Resources and Community and Hospital Dentistry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences […]

DOJ Request for Input on Advancing Forensic Science

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested public comment on how the Department should move forward to evaluate and improve the underlying science of forensic evidence, improve the operational management systems of forensic science service providers, and improve the understanding of forensic science by legal practitioners. The […]

CFSO Flash Brief April 2017

    Source:  Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS Representative The April 2017 Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations newsletter is now available. Click HERE for the full edition.

The Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences Announces the Winners of the Young Forensic Scientist Scholarship

Source: Tanisha V. Henson, MFS The Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences received 34 submissions for the Young Forensic Scientist Scholarship. The articles were reviewed by a scientific panel of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and were graded on three categories: Relevance to Forensics, Innovation/Scientific Merit, and Analytical Approach. The ten submissions with the highest […]