Monthly Archives: April 2019


President’s Message—April 2019

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, 2019-20 President 2020 AAFS Annual Meeting Theme: “Crossing Borders” I am honored to be elected President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. My first annual meeting was in 1996 in New York when I was invited to speak at a workshop. I was overwhelmed by the different topics and […]


Register Now for The Tenth Annual Prescription For Criminal Justice And Forensic Science

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CSFO Liaison Register now for the Tenth Annual Prescription For Criminal Justice And Forensic Science National Institute being held May 29–30 at the Fordham University School of Law in New York, NY. Join experts in law, science, and statistics as they explain new and changing developments in forensic science […]


Ellis R. Kerley Research Award Announced

Source: Christian Crowder, PhD Please join us in congratulating Anthropology Section Fellow Gregory Berg on receiving The Ellis R. Kerley Research Award. Dr. Berg’s winning submission, A Large-Scale Evaluation of Intraperson Isotopic Variation Within Human Bone Collagen and Bioapatite, was presented at the recent AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The purpose of The […]


AAFS 2019 International Educational Outreach Programs (IEOP) Destination: Brazil!

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator The response to AAFS President Zeno Geradts’s invitation to participate in the “2019 IEOP Destination: Brazil” tour has been strong! As with past International Educational Outreach Programs (IEOP), travelers will enjoy visits with forensic science colleagues and facilities as well as visits to cultural and historic […]


Bureau of Justice Assistance: Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program Competitive Grant Announcement and Webinar

The United States Department of Justice (Department), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to plan and implement comprehensive programs in response to the growing opioid epidemic. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to support state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts to reduce violent crime and […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation on Policing: Fiscal Year 2019

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will seek applications for funding for investigator-initiated, randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies of approaches to the challenges of policing in the United States that address the strategic priorities and objectives identified in NIJ’s Policing Strategic Research Plan, 2017-2022


NIJ Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice: Fiscal Year 2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will seek applications for funding for investigator-initiated, interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects related to the administration of justice in three areas: (1) eyewitness evidence; (2) police deflection strategies; and (3) forensic science testimony. Applications that fall outside these three priority areas will not be considered. This solicitation aims to […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System: Fiscal Year 2019

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will seek applications for funding of multidisciplinary research projects addressing four topics: The cumulative effects of shift-work schedules, overtime, and secondary employment on the health, safety, performance, and quality of life of police or correctional officers. Enhancing strategies for officer interaction with individuals presenting with mental […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime: Fiscal Year 2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks applications for funding of rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for State, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The research focus of this solicitation is criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community […]


New NIJ Solicitation: Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals to strengthen the medical examiner/coroner (ME/C) system in the United States. NIJ’s ME/C program is a competitive program designed to support the enhancement of Medicolegal-Death-Investigation services, and increase the supply of forensic pathologists nationwide. Through this program, NIJ will support grants in two focus […]


Anthropology Section Award Winners

Source: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Section Secretary Congratulations to all of our Anthropology Section award winners this year. The following awards were announced or presented at the 2019 AAFS annual meeting in Baltimore. FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize – Vienna C. Lam FSF Student Travel Grant Award – Shelby Garza, Rebecca George, Mariah […]


FEPAC Adopts Standards Changes for Undergraduate Programs

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.10 Review of Standards states that FEPAC is tasked with conducting ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards in order to verify that they evaluate educational quality and are relevant to […]


11th ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine

Source: Dragan Primorac, MD, PhD, AAFS International Affairs Committee Chair The International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS), an “Association Academy” of the AAFS, is kindly inviting you to the 11th ISABS Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetics and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine, to be held in Split, Croatia, June 17–22. The conference […]


FEPAC 2019 Accreditation Decisions

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At its 2019 Annual Meeting in February, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) conducted reviews of forensic science programs that had applied for accreditation during the 2018 review cycle. The summary of accreditation actions taken by FEPAC are available online through the FEPAC website at […]


Thank You 2019 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 2019 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 71st Annual Scientific Meeting: Agilent Technologies, Inc. supported the Toxicology Section Open Forum Lemos Toxicology Services LLC supported the Toxicology Section Events Anthropology Section supported the Young Forensic […]


2019 Toxicology Section Best Poster Award Recipient Announced

Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, 2018-19 Toxicology Section Chair The 2019 Toxicology Section Best Poster Award goes to Kaitlyn Palmquist for her poster presentation, Liquid Chromatography/Quadrupole Time-Of-Flight (LC/qTOF) Screening for Fentanyl Analogs in Whole Blood and Oral Fluid. The announcement was made during the Toxicology Section Open Forum Session at the recent AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in […]


2019 QD Section’s Maureen Casey Owens Award Recipient Announced

Source: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Questioned Documents Section Chair The Questioned Documents Section would like to recognize Trainee Affiliate Nina Harnarine who is the 2019 Maureen Casey Owens Award recipient. Nina received the award for her paper, A Comparative Study of Generation Y and Generation Z Signatures, that she presented at the recent AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting […]


20th Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Recipients Announced!

The 20th Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted during the AAFS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The following presenters were selected as the 2019 winners by a panel of judges: Helen M. Brandt, MS – “An Examination of Pelvic Scarring as a Determinant of Sex” (A8/Anthropology) Carrie Polston, BA – “Assessing […]


2019-20 FSF Field and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Grant Name Change:  Formerly known as the “Acorn Grant,” the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Board of Trustees recently changed the grant’s name to the “Field Grant.”  This change was in honor of Kenneth S. Field who passed away this last year at the age of 100.  Mr. Field, former Executive Director of the AAFS and […]


2019-20 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 Grant […]


2019-20 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 Foundation. […]


2019-20 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 2020 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a wonderful […]


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 items […]