Monthly Archives: December 2019


Engineering & Applied Sciences Program Highlights

Source: Kurt D. Weiss, MS, EAS Section Program Chair The Engineering & Applied Sciences (EAS) Section program is complete for Anaheim 2020, and includes 45 oral presentations, one breakfast presentation, one half-day workshop, and eight posters. Furthermore, five of the oral presentations were included in the multidisciplinary session with Criminalistics. Below are some of the […]


Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices Report Released

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The Department of Justice through the National Institute of Justice has just released the Needs Assessment of Forensic Laboratories and Medical Examiner/Coroner Offices Report to Congress: https://www.justice.gov/olp/page/file/1228306/download. The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations, of which the AAFS is a member, requested Congress to fund this Report in the […]


News From NIST: Kennedy Assassination Bullets Preserved in Digital Form

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST At the request of the National Archives, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) forensic ballistics lab have used advanced imaging methods to create high-resolution 3D models of the bullets used in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This historic preservation project will allow […]


Christophe Champod, PhD, Named AAFS 2020 Lucas Medalist

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Christophe Champod has been selected as its 2020 recipient of the AAFS Douglas M. Lucas Medal. The Lucas Medal will be presented by AAFS President-Elect Jeri Ropero-Miller during the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) 22nd Triennial Meeting in […]


The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Will Be Field Testing Two New Exams at AAFS in Anaheim

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Secretary Interested parties will have the opportunity to sit for the new ABC certification exams during the upcoming AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA. There is no sitting fee for these field tests. Applications are due by January 15, 2020. The two exams are the Biological Evidence Screening […]


AAFS 2020 Community Outreach Event in Anaheim, CA

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Each year, in conjunction with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting, AAFS organizes a community outreach event open to local residents of all ages who have an interest in forensic science. This year, AAFS has teamed with Discovery Cube Orange County and […]


2019-20 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize Recipients

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the “FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant Award and Book Prize” essay contest: Christiane I. Baigent, MSc, Member/Anthropology; Jacqueline L. Galimany, BS, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Mariyam I. Isa, MA, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Molly A. Kaplan, BA, Student Affiliate/Anthropology; Sophia R. Mavroudas, MA, Member/Anthropology; Diana L. Messer, MS, […]


ASCLD Forensic Research Committee Announces First Annual Innovation Award

The Forensic Research Committee (FRC) of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) announces the First Annual Innovation Award. The goal of the award is to recognize activities highlighting new technologies, protocols, or tools that impact the operational forensic science laboratory. This award is open to scientists from all disciplines in operational United States […]


72nd Annual Scientific Meeting Program Committee Disclosure

As a sponsor of continuing education, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities. All faculty participating in a sponsoring activity are expected to disclose any significant financial interest or other relationship: (1) with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Prepares for Anaheim, CA

Source:  Jason Paroff, DMS Section Secretary The turkey is out of the freezer and defrosting in the fridge, which means the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA is coming up quickly. Have you reserved your hotel room? Pre-registered for the conference? There will be more information about the DMS Scientific Program in the […]


FSF Needs Your Help With the Silent Auction

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Silent Auction conducted during the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting is a long-standing tradition. The FSF depends on donations from members, meeting attendees, and exhibitors for a successful auction. Please consider donating an item that will encourage lively bidding (author-signed books, apparel, or coffee mugs with your agency logo, or other […]


FEPAC Accepting Accreditation Applications for 2020/2021 Consideration

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is currently accepting applications for forensic science and forensic digital evidence programs for review during the 2020 review cycle. FEPAC’s primary mission is to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation and […]