Monthly Archives: September 2017


A Fictitious Fundly.com Advertisement in Circulation

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) has recently been notified of a fictitious fund-raising advertisement circulating through the AAFS membership. The fund-raising email, “Help Support Mercy,” in which donations are requested through Fundly.com was NOT organized by the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) as the email implies. Please be advised the email and advertising are fraudulent. Fundly.com has […]


Forensic Engineering and Human Rights — International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) 2017 in Toronto

Source:  David Pienkowski, PhD, Section Program Chair Helmut Brosz (Fellow, Engineering Sciences Section) organized a workshop during the IAFS 21st Triennial Meeting last month in Toronto, ON, Canada. The workshop consisted of a panel of speakers and contributors from the Engineering Sciences and Jurisprudence Sections of AAFS. This fully subscribed event was attended by an international audience. […]


Lavinia Iancu Honored With AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award

The AAFS Past Presidents Council is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Lavinia Iancu, PhD, an Associate Member in the Pathology/Biology Section. The award will be presented by John Gerns, Chair of the Past Presidents Council, on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, during the AAFS Annual Business […]


President’s Message — September 2017

  Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Scientific evidence is a powerful tool in the search for the truth and the pursuit of justice. As forensic scientists, we have a duty to ensure our results and opinions are valid and reliable. Standards and best practice guidelines provide the foundation for our work and […]


Statement of the AAFS Board of Directors

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The following statement has been submitted in response to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) request for input on the future structure of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).  STATEMENT OF THE AAFS BOARD OF DIRECTORS The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Board […]


2018 Dues Information

2018 Dues Notices have been posted online and will be mailed shortly.  All Student Affiliates and Trainee Affiliates must certify eligibility before a dues notice will be generated. You may login to your AAFS Account Portal to download a .pdf copy of your dues invoice or to make payment with a debit or credit card. If […]


Student and Trainee Affiliate Eligibility for 2018

Source:  Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Student and Trainee Affiliate, each Student and Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Student and Trainee Affiliate are temporary statuses and may only be held until you have completed the experience required for Associate Member. Please review the section requirements for Trainee […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science – September 2017

Source:  Dean Michael De Crisce, MD, Section Secretary Dear Colleagues, Summer is coming to a close and preparations are underway for our next annual meeting in February in Seattle, WA. Program Chair Paul Fedoroff and Program Co-Chair Sebastien Prat have assembled an innovative and stimulating schedule in line with this year’s topic of Science Matters. […]


Hurricane Irma: A Message From the AAFS Officers and Staff

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues throughout Florida who have experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma and its aftermath. Members who wish to help are encouraged to make donations to the American Red Cross.


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 […]


Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team Honored with 2017 AAFS Clyde Snow Award

Source:  Douglas H. Ubelaker, PhD, Chair of the AAFS Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (AAFS HHRRC) offers the Clyde Snow Award to a forensic scientist or organization that has made outstanding contributions to humanitarian action and the global advancement of human rights […]


Judge Roderick T. Kennedy Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Source:  Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary   Roderick T. Kennedy, JD, has received the University of Toledo College of Law’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2017. This prestigious award recognizes his accomplishments, contributions, and leadership to society and the legal community. The award will be presented during the University of Toledo’s Homecoming Festivities on October 6, […]