Monthly Archives: June 2017

Request for Anthropology Submissions

Sources: Paul D. Emanovsky, PhD, Program Chair, and Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Program Co-Chair Hello, Anthropology Section! We want to remind you that the deadline for abstracts for the 2018 AAFS Annual Meeting in Seattle is fast approaching – August 1. Please think about this year’s meeting theme, “Science Matters,” as you prepare your submissions. Make […]

Inaugural GCC Forensic Science Conference and GCC DNA Symposium

The inaugural GCC Forensic Science Conference and GCC DNA Symposium, supported by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), November 14-15, 2017, at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is jointly organized with the Abu Dhabi police and covers a range of forensic science areas, in addition to a third day […]

President’s Message – June 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Forensic science is a field with no borders, and it is a field that provides a vast platform for collaboration among scientists throughout the world. Meetings and conferences this spring and summer have highlighted these characteristics. The AAFS has been well represented at these meetings, but I […]

2017-2018 AAFS Nominating Committee Report

The AAFS Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for the 2018-19 officers: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD              President-Elect      (Digital & Multimedia Sciences) Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD           Vice President       (Anthropology) Ruth E. Winecker, PhD            Vice […]

SCOTUS Case Summary: McWilliams v. Dunn Decided June 19, 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President Article by: William C. Darby, MD, and Christopher R. Thompson, MD The United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in its 2017 McWilliams v. Dunn decision that Alabama failed to provide the adequate expert mental health assistance guaranteed by the Constitution as discussed in the 1985 case, Ake […]

Toxicology Section News – June 2017

Sources: William R. Johnson, BA, Section Program Chair, and Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair Summer has officially arrived and it’s time for some important updates! Four months have passed since the very successful AAFS 2017 meeting in New Orleans and preparations are accelerating for another exciting program at the AAFS 70th Annual Scientific […]

The Questioned Documents Section Ordway Hilton Award

Source: Linton A. Mohammed, PhD, Section Chair Members are invited to submit nominations for the 2018 Questioned Documents Section Ordway Hilton Award. The criteria for the award are listed in the AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual. Please submit your nominations by August 1 to Section Chair Linton Mohammed at or Section Secretary Jan Seaman Kelly […]

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 […]