Monthly Archives: October 2017


Attorney General Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division Wins FTC’s Partner Award for Outstanding Collaborative Work

  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Consumer Protection Division of his office was awarded the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Partner Award in recognition of outstanding work to combat fraud and deception in the marketplace. Jurisprudence Section Fellow Paul Singer serves as the Division Chief and accepted the award on its behalf. “We are […]


Advance Program Go Green Initiative

The publishing deadline for the AAFS 2018 Advance Program is fast approaching. Before we go to print, we would like you to consider whether or not you prefer a hard copy of the publication to be mailed to you. All program information will be available on the AAFS website the first week of November at […]


AAAS Multiorganization Letter on Immigration

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The AAFS has joined 85 other scientific organizations in signing a multisociety letter drafted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in which concerns are expressed with the recent proclamation issued by the White House on immigration and visas that further articulates extreme vetting […]


Pathology/Biology — October 2017

Source:  David O. Carter, PhD, Section Secretary The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) seeks Forensic Specialists for several positions worldwide beginning in 2018. Evolve your career with the ICRC Forensic Team to help shape forensic programs and infrastructures in countries affected by armed conflict, other situations of violence, and disasters. The ICRC offers […]


Criminalistics, Seattle, Coffee, and Science — They All Matter

Source:  Noelle J. Umback, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair The theme of the 2018 AAFS meeting is Science Matters. The general public often believes that when something scientific is reported, it has become fact. However, we know that change is at the heart of the Scientific Method. Experimentation may answer some questions about a particular biological […]


AAFS 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting — Special Function Schedules

Five breakfast seminars, two luncheon seminars, an evening session, two special sessions, and 24 workshops have been accepted for the AAFS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting program, all of which offer a wide range of topics. Workshops are an excellent means to meet your continuing education needs while maintaining and expanding your knowledge within your specific […]


Abstract Deadlines Approaching for 2018 Impression, Pattern, and Trace Symposium

Source:  Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS Secretary The 2018 Impression, Pattern, and Trace Symposium will be held January 22-25, 2018, and the abstract submission deadlines are fast approaching! The call for poster and platform presentations closes October 13, 2017, and the call for workshop proposals closes October 18, 2017. This symposium was specifically designed to […]


Opioid Safety Plans Position Statement

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President On October 10, 2017, after reviewing input from the membership and convening by conference call to discuss the matter, the AAFS Board of Directors voted to adopt the position statement on Opioid Safety Plans proposed by the Synthetic Opioid Ad Hoc Committee. The Board of Directors appreciates […]


General Section News — October 2017

  Source:  Steven C. Clark, PhD, Section Secretary Another summer is history, and fall is here. Now is the time to make your plans to attend the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. Hotels around the Washington State Convention Center fill up quickly because Seattle is such a great meeting site! There are […]


Barry Fisher Named Outstanding Alumnus

AAFS Past President and R.B.H. Gradwohl Laureate  Barry A.J. Fisher, MS, MBA, recently returned from a visit to Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, where he was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the Chemistry Department. Barry attended Purdue between 1966-1968 and received his MS degree in organic chemistry.  


Wake Up to Professional Development … and Bacon!

Source:  Brittany N. Beyer, MS, YFSF Secretary An exciting change is coming to the 2018 Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Breakfast Session in Seattle, WA. In years past, the YFSF Breakfast Session has only been open to those who register and attend the Forum as a whole. This year, the Breakfast Session will become part […]


Research in Science: How Young Scientists Can Shape a Better Future

Source:  Brittany N. Beyer, MS, YFSF Secretary The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Committee hopes everyone is gearing up for another great AAFS annual meeting in February. The YFSF Special Session will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in Seattle, WA. Our theme this year is Research in Science:  How Young Scientists […]


In Memoriam: AAFS Distinguished Fellow Jay A. Siegel, PhD

Source:  Vincent J. Desiderio, Jr., MS, Criminalistics Section Chair Written by Christopher R. Bommarito, MS, Criminalistics Section Fellow   The field of forensic science has lost one of its most engaging and influential members, Dr. Jay A. Siegel, who died at home in his sleep on September 25, 2017, in Mt. Arlington, NJ, due to heart failure at the […]


Membership Application Deadline — October 1!

The deadline for submission of applications for upgrade or promotion is fast approaching. Please make sure your application is submitted by the October 1, 2017, deadline. You will have a short grace period after this deadline to submit letters of reference and supporting documentation. Please refer to the basic and section requirements on the AAFS […]


AAFS International Education Outreach Program (IEOP) 2018 — Destination Cuba

For more than 20 years, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences has fostered international travel and professional exchange. The objective of AAFS international travel is to provide opportunities to Academy members to:  (1) meet with forensic science colleagues; (2) participate whenever possible in major international forensic science meetings; (3) visit laboratories as appropriate; and, at […]