Monthly Archives: September 2019


AAFS Phone Extensions Update

For your information, the new departmental phone extensions at the AAFS office are listed below: For Meetings, Program Information, Awards, and Abstracts – Press 1 For Membership, JFS Subscription Inquiries, Volunteers, and Expert Witness Requests – Press 2 For Accounting, Dues Payments, Meeting Registrations, and Exhibitors – Press 3 For Publications, Website Issues, and Newsfeed Articles – Press 4 For Executive Staff, Continuing Education, FSF Grants, and Questions […]


Toxicology Section News—September 2019

Source: Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, Section Program Chair The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Toxicology Subcommittee and the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Toxicology Consensus Body encourage all interested parties to provide comments on three toxicology standards which are available for public comment. These documents are listed along with links to each document. Please note […]


United States Department of Justice Interim Policy on Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis and Searching Announced

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, 2019-20 President The Department of Justice has just announced at the International Symposium on Human Identification a new interim policy on forensic genetic genealogical DNA analysis and searching. This interim policy becomes effective November 1, 2019. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on the policy before it becomes a […]


The AAFS Application Deadline Is Fast Approaching—October 1

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator As a reminder, the deadline to submit your application for new member, upgrade, or promotion is Tuesday, October 1. If you are waiting on references before you submit your application, please go ahead and submit your application while you work on securing your references. Your application must be on file […]


News From NIST: A Safer Way to Test Drug Evidence

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST For police and forensic chemists, opening a bag of suspicious powder that might contain fentanyl can be dangerous because of the risk of accidental inhalation. More of the powder becomes airborne than one might think. Scientists at The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated the […]


2020 Membership Dues Information

2020 Membership Dues Notices have been posted online and will be mailed shortly. All Student Affiliates and Trainee Affiliates must certify eligibility before a dues notice will be generated. You may login to your AAFS Account Portal to download a .pdf copy of your dues invoice or to make payment with a debit or credit […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Digital Subscription—Access Instructions and Additional Features

A Digital Subscription to the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) will be provided complimentary to AAFS Trainee Affiliates, Associate Members, Members, and Fellows as part of your 2020 annual membership dues payment. Student Affiliates without an application on file to upgrade may purchase a 2020 JFS Digital Subscription at a reduced rate of $45/year (six […]


The FSF International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship

The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship: Offered Through the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) PURPOSE: The IAFS is an international association focused on bringing together academics, managers, researchers, and scientists from around the world to discuss and debate issues focal to the forensic science disciplines. The IAFS proclaims its goals and objectives to be: […]


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 […]


U.S. House of Representatives Hearing—Final Testimony and Video Available

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, CFSO Liaison On September 9, 2019, AAFS member Matthew Gamette had the honor of testifying on behalf of the Academy before the Science, Space, and Technology Committee concerning advancements in forensic science since the 2009 National Academy of  Sciences (NAS) Report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, […]


Changes in JFS On-Line Appearance

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences After consultation with the AAFS Board of Directors (BOD) and Wiley, a decision has been made to implement an online advertising program in the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS). The AAFS BOD formally approved this action after the August 2019 AAFS Executive Committee Meeting. Many […]


U.S. House of Representatives Hearing Scheduled for September 10

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller , PhD, AAFS President-Elect The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will be hosting a hearing entitled, Raising the Bar: Progress and Future Needs in Forensic Science, on Tuesday, September 10, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Saving Time). This hearing will be streamed live and AAFS members […]


FEPAC Selects New Commissioners

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At a recent meeting, two new Commissioners were selected to serve on the AAFS Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). A. Karl Larsen, Jr. will be replacing Robert E. Gaensslen as Academician Commissioner while Heidi Eldridge will be replacing Daniel E. Katz as Practitioner Commissioner. Pursuant to […]


A New Association Academy: The Cuban Society of Legal Medicine

The AAFS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has accepted the Cuban Society of Legal Medicine as the third official “Association Academy.” The purpose of “Association Academies” is to initiate a relationship between AAFS and another professional organization located outside the United States. This association is especially exciting as the original concept […]