Monthly Archives: March 2018

President’s Message—March 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President Under the direction of 2017-18 President Betty Layne DesPortes, the 70th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting proved to be both exciting and educational. Let us now look forward to our next meeting in February 2019. I welcome you to what I know will be a tremendous and engaging year […]

Thank You 2018 AAFS Annual Meeting Financial Supporters!

AAFS would like to thank the following financial supporters for their generous contributions that led to the success of the 2018 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 70th Annual Scientific Meeting: A & M Forensics and Engineering, Inc. supported the General Section Reception  Laurelanne Bundens supported the Anthropology Section Reception Agilent Technologies, Inc. supported the […]

2018 FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Winners: Michelle K. Gordon, MS, and Emily R. Parchuke, BS

The 19th Annual Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted in Seattle, WA. The following presenters were selected as the 2018 winners by a panel of judges: Michelle K. Gordon, MS, was selected for her presentation, “Maximizing the Amount of DNA Recovered: A Study of Mawi DNA Technologies’ iSWAB™-ID Collection Device […]

AAFS International Affairs Committee Update

Source: Carla Noziglia, MS, AAFS International Affairs Committee The AAFS International Affairs Committee (IAC) met during the AAFS annual meeting in Seattle and would like to thank the Academy for the courtesies extended to the committee. We are excited to report there were 516 international attendees representing 59 countries at the annual meeting. Part of […]

Toxicology Section News—Thank You, Seattle, for a Wonderful 70th Annual Meeting!

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Section Chair It is difficult to believe a whole month has already passed since our incredibly successful 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. Our sincerest thanks to all the 2017-2018 Toxicology section officers, chairs, co-chairs, abstract reviewers, moderators, and volunteers for your efforts. We are also grateful for all […]

AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award: Call for Nominations

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Past Presidents Council (PPC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2018-19 Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award. The recipient will receive a plaque that will be presented at the Annual Business Meeting, a check for $1,000, and reimbursement to attend the 2019 […]

2018-19 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize: October 15 Deadline

Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2019 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a […]

Call For 2019 Award Nominations

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, Awards Committee Chair, Past Presidents Council Chair The nomination period for 2019 Academy-wide awards has opened. Please consider submitting nominations for the following awards. All references to the Policy and Procedure Manual may be found HERE. The Gradwohl Medallion: Summary of Criteria: The recipient must be or have been […]

Continuing Education Credit Requests

The deadline for submissions of Continuing Education Credit and Certificates was March 9. If you have not done so already, please submit your forms. Certificates will be available on your AAFS Account Portal approximately April 15. Please note that submissions will not be accepted after June 1 for the most recent annual meeting.

A Word of Thanks From the Forensic Sciences Foundation

Thank you to all who bid on all of the wonderful items and for supporting the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Silent Auction Fundraiser. All auction proceeds benefit the Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc., Endowment Fund, which supports FSF Research Grant Programs. The Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc., would like to thank and acknowledge those who generously donated their […]

2018-19 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline

Purpose: The Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant is to provide graduate students with financial assistance to complete their thesis or independent research project as required for a graduate degree in Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. The thesis or research project must be in the field of Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance […]

2018-19 FSF Warren-Young Scholarship: May 1 Deadline

Purpose: This award is designed to encourage forensic science education at the middle and high school level and is intended to provide funds to purchase supplies, equipment, or reference materials to support forensic science education in teaching basic scientific principles. Applications will be judged based on how the funds will further the goals of the […]

2018-19 FSF Acorn and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Acorn Grants (up to $1,500) and Lucas Grants ($1,501-$6,000) are intended to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Submission Requirements: The following criteria will be considered in evaluating proposals […]

Journal of Forensic Sciences: March 2018 Issue

Journal of Forensic Sciences © American Academy of Forensic Sciences   March 2018 / Volume 63, Issue 2 (pages 351-656)   Table of Contents Version of Record Online: March 1, 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13647   Your March 2018 digital issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) is now available and is accessible via the links provided […]

Thank You To AAFS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting Volunteers

The 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting volunteers were fantastic! Thank you to Local Arrangements Committee Chair Fiona J. Couper, PhD.  The support provided by the volunteers was crucial to the success of the annual meeting. The volunteers, who come from all over the world, assist AAFS Staff during events and behind the scenes (from assembling meeting […]

2018 Annual Meeting “Lost and Found”

The following items were turned into the AAFS “Lost and Found” in Seattle: Women’s Knit Gloves Women’s Scarf Women’s Gloves Fleece Vest Single Earring Please contact Kimberly Wrasse,, if you lost one of these items.

2018 FEPAC Accreditation Decisions

At its February 2018 Annual Meeting, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) conducted reviews of forensic science programs that had applied for accreditation during the 2016 review cycle. The summary of accreditation actions taken by FEPAC are available online through the FEPAC website The document, FEPAC 2018 Accreditation Decisions, is available under […]