Monthly Archives: June 2017


2018 Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 19-24, 2018, in Seattle, WA, at the Washington State Convention Center.  The theme for the upcoming meeting is Science Matters.  The deadline for abstract submission is August 1!  Presenting authors […]


IEOP Travel to Cuba – Spring 2018

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President On Friday, June 16, 2017, the Trump administration announced plans to alter the regulations controlling travel to Cuba that were put in place by the Obama administration.  From initial reports, the new regulations are not expected to significantly impact the AAFS International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) to […]


President-Elect Susan Ballou Addresses ISABS Opening Session

Source:  Robert Barsley, DDS, JD, AAFS Past President The 10th ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine, June 19-24, 2017, is underway in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Among the members of the audience is the President of Croatia, Kolynda Grabar-Kitarović.  The conference is hosted by Dragan Primorac, Criminalistics Section Fellow […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Abstracts for the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting

Sources: Mary F. Horvath, MFS, Section Program Chair, and Douglas R. White, MS, Section Program Co-Chair Be sure to submit your novel scientific abstracts by the August 1 deadline for the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting! The AAFS DMS Section Program Committee invites you to submit abstracts describing scientific research or case studies related to digital and multimedia […]


2017 FSF International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship Recipient Announced!

Source: Lucy A. Davis, BHS, Chair, FSF International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship Committee The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the 2017 recipient of the FSF IAFS Scholarship–Gulnaz T. Javan, PhD.  Dr. Javan, Member of the AAFS General Section, is an Assistant Professor of Forensic Science at the Alabama State University. […]


Case Summary: Foundational Requirements for Expert Opinion Testimony

Source: Pamela A.W. King, JD, Jurisprudence Section Secretary; Article by Donald J. Ramsell, JD On May 1 in honor of National Law Day, President Betty Layne DesPortes announced a newsfeed project soliciting articles discussing significant or interesting cases concerning the use of science in the justice system. All sections were encouraged to submit cases that highlight […]


SCOTUS Decision Summary: Moore v. Texas

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President Decision of the United States Supreme Court in Moore v. Texas Issued March 28, 2017 The recent Moore v. Texas, 581 U.S. ____, 137 S.Ct. 1039 (2017) decision marks the third United States Supreme Court ruling in the past 15 years related to the imposition of the […]