Monthly Archives: July 2018

Get Involved and Ready for Baltimore—Abstract Submissions Due

Source: Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Chair As a reminder, the deadline for abstract submissions is THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, August 1. Make sure to get your submissions in on time. If you have questions, please contact the Program Chair, Robert Sanger, at or the Co-Chair, Virginia Barron, at They can also help point […]

New YFSF Submission Deadlines and Special Session Update

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair As part of the redesigned Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF), our committee is excited to update you regarding our upcoming activities and submission deadlines: Poster Session: The YFSF Poster Session will now take place within the AAFS multidisciplinary poster sessions occurring Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the […]

Do You Want the Last Word?

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, Last Word Society Chair Now you can have it, by submitting your abstract for the Last Word Society, one of the best-attended sessions of the meeting. If you have a favorite case to share with the audience, a historical forensic event to revisit, or a humorous approach to forensic science, […]

Digital & Multimedia Section Mid-Year Update and Abstract Submission Reminder

Source: Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Chair The AAFS annual meeting in Seattle was a great success. Our workshops and scientific sessions were well attended and received excellent reviews. Special thanks to Program Chair Mary Horvath and Co-Chair Douglas White, as well as to all members of the Program Committee for their time and efforts […]

Student and Trainee Affiliates—Watch for the Eligibility Email and Mailing in August!

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 as long as you meet the requirements. Trainee Affiliates—Please review the section requirements for Associate Member […]

Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) Highlights of Funded Projects

Source: Sabra Botch-Jones, MS, MA, HHRRC Laboratory and Analysis Protocols Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (AAFS HHRRC) seeks to utilize the assets of the AAFS to promote the application of contemporary forensic science and forensic medicine principles to global humanitarian and/or human rights projects requiring special forensic […]

Anthropology Section: Abstracts Due!

Sources: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Program Chair, and Marin A Pilloud, PhD, Program Co-Chair The August 1 deadline for abstracts is fast approaching! Make sure you get your abstracts, workshops, symposia, and special seminars submitted by the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please ensure that you adhere to the AAFS guidelines for abstract submission. […]

Associate Members and Members—Are You Eligible to Promote?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator AAFS encourages Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher status to complete and submit an application for promotion. Please review the promotion requirements on the AAFS website at to determine if you are eligible. If you fulfill your section’s requirements for promotion, you may apply online […]

Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) Strategic Planning Survey

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences As noted in a previous AAFS Newsfeed, a JFS Strategic Planning Meeting has been scheduled for September of this year to develop a strategic plan for the JFS. In an effort to obtain the input needed from the key stakeholders of the JFS, a survey […]

President’s Message—July 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President In Havana, Cuba, in 1947, “the father of forensic pathology,” Dr. Rutherford B.H. Gradwohl, met with Dr. Israel Castellanos, the Director of the Cuban National Identification Office. They met to plan the first meeting of the Pan-American Medical-Legal Congress, which convened in St. Louis, MO, in 1948. Later […]

Jurisprudence Section Fellow Paul Singer Receives Award for Exceptional Contributions to Attorney Training and Education

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton congratulated Jurisprudence Section Fellow Paul Singer, Chief of the Consumer Protection Division of his office, after he received the Faculty of the Year Award from the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), a training branch of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). The award was presented during the […]

Journal of Forensic Sciences: July 2018 Issue

Journal of Forensic Sciences © American Academy of Forensic Sciences July 2018 / Volume 63, Issue 4 (pages 985-1333) Table of Contents Version of Record Online: July 2, 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13649   Your July 2018 digital issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) is now available and is accessible via the links provided […]