Monthly Archives: May 2018


Nominations Now Being Accepted for the Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarships

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Section Chair The Toxicology Section’s Awards and Scholarships offer an enviable way to recognize the achievements and contributions of our distinguished colleagues and promising students. Nominations and all accompanying supporting information are due by August 1. The Alexander O. Gettler Award—Analytical Achievement in Forensic Toxicology This award is bestowed for […]


2018-19 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2019-20 officers: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD President-Elect  (Toxicology) Carl R. McClary, BA Vice President  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Treasurer  (Anthropology) Ken Williams, MS, JD Secretary    (Criminalistics) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Betty Layne DesPortes (Chair), John Gerns, and […]


Complimentary AAFS Meeting Registration Awarded

As an incentive to attend the 2018 AAFS Annual Business Meeting, all Fellows and Members in attendance were automatically entered in a random drawing to receive a complimentary meeting registration to attend the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, February 18-23, 2019. Congratulations to Barbara Andree, MS, a Fellow of the Criminalistics Section — this year’s […]


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 […]


President’s Message—May 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President In 1992, a 23-year-old woman disappeared from her home. A recent graduate of Harvard University who aspired to working in the corporate world, she inexplicably failed to show up at work one day. While her family members tried to find her, police searched the area around her home […]


General Section News—May 2018

Source: Steven C. Clark, PhD, Section Secretary Another exciting annual meeting has come and gone. For those who had the opportunity to attend, it was filled with outstanding presentations consistent with the meeting theme Science Matters. The 71st Annual Scientific Meeting will be in Baltimore, MD, at the Baltimore Convention Center on February 18-23, 2019. […]


Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) FY2018 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program (COAP) Solicitation and Webinar on May 15, 2018

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice Please see the information below regarding the recently posted Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance “Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program FY 2018 Competitive Grant Announcement.” An informational webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences: May 2018 Issue

Journal of Forensic Sciences © American Academy of Forensic Sciences May 2018 / Volume 63, Issue 3 (pages 657-983) Table of Contents Version of Record Online: May 3, 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13648   Your May 2018 digital issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) is now available and is accessible via the links provided above. […]


Moving the JFS Forward

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences As reported at the 2018 AAFS Board of Directors Meeting, the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) recent process enhancements have resulted in significant improvements—including in the peer review turnaround time from initial submission to online publication. For example, the average turnaround time from original submission […]


YFSF Survey Responses Wanted

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair We are excited to announce that the Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is undergoing organizational and structural changes to better the forum for both its committee members and the attendees of its sessions. The first major change involves the committee being reduced to five members. Alex Krotulski […]


Have You Paid Your 2018 AAFS Dues?

Effective May 1, members and affiliates whose 2018 dues are unpaid are now inactive. You may pay your 2018 dues and re-activate your Journal of Forensic Sciences subscription through your account portal until May 14. After that date, your account portal will no longer be accessible. Please call the AAFS office to pay your dues […]


Two NEW Exciting Features to Your JFS Digital Subscription

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences I am excited to inform you of two new features that have recently been added to your Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) Digital Subscription: Complete JFS PDF – Containing the FULL contents of each given issue and available for download via your AAFS Member Portal. Download instructions are available here. Features […]


Toxicology Section Call for Abstracts and Participation Survey—April 2018

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Section Program Chair Spring has arrived and that means it is time to make your plans for your contribution to the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, February 18-23, 2019. The meeting theme is Diligence, Dedication, and Devotion. As scientists, we always strive to be diligent in our work, […]