Monthly Archives: January 2020


General Section News—January 2020

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, Section Secretary General Section Luncheon and Business Meeting As you make plans to attend the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, plan on attending the luncheon presentation (those who did not sign up for the luncheon are welcome to come and sit in the chairs that will be provided).  In […]


The First-Ever Humanitarian and Human Rights Poster and Networking Session at the AAFS Annual Meeting

Sources: Douglas H. Ubelaker, PhD, AAFS HHRRC Chair, and Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President-Elect and FTCoE Project Director The Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) would like to cordially, and personally, invite you to the Inaugural Humanitarian and Human Rights […]


American Board of Criminalistics Announcement for Recertification Committee

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Secretary The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is currently soliciting interest for joining the Recertification Committee. You must be currently ABC certified and in good standing, and at minimum, have submitted Recertification Paperwork in 2019 for Reporting Year 2018. You can earn one recertification point for each year of […]


The Criminalistics Regional Association Committee Needs YOU

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Criminalistics Nominating Committee Chair The Regional Association Committee (RAC) within the Criminalistics section provides an opportunity for the regional societies, such as the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS), Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS), Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS), Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS), Southwestern Association of Forensic […]


YFSF Is Celebrating 25 Years!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair Hello YFSF Attendees! Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee Chair Zain Bhaloo and the committee members—Catherine Brown, Brittany Beyers, Hannah Simmons, and Amber Smith—would like to cordially and personally invite you to the YFSF Special Session Networking Break on Tuesday, February 18, to enjoy some cake and stimulating […]


Retirement Announcement—Executive Director Anne Warren

Source: Zeno Geradts, PhD,  AAFS President This message comes with mixed feelings as we announce the upcoming retirement of Executive Director Anne Warren, effective May 29, 2020. Anne joined the Academy staff in 1985 as the Assistant Director. Her tremendous management skills were quickly recognized and in 1990 she assumed the Executive Director position. Under […]


Last Call for FSF Silent Auction Donations

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) conducts a Silent Auction at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. The FSF depends on donations from members, meeting attendees, and exhibitors for a successful auction. Please consider donating an item that would encourage lively bidding (author-signed books, apparel, or coffee mugs with your agency logo, or other fun, forensic-related items). The […]


Anaheim, Here We Come!

Source: Noelle J. Umback, PhD, Section Secretary Now that we are into the new year of 2020, it’s only a few short weeks until we are all together in February in warm, sunny Anaheim, CA (February 17–22)! With that in mind, please think about your hotel accommodations if you haven’t already; as always, the rooms […]


Attention All AAFS Voting Members and Fellows

Pursuant to AAFS policies, specific documents must be provided to the Voting Members and Fellows of the Academy prior to the Annual Business Meeting. The following documents are available online through the secure member log-in system on the AAFS website: 2020 Applicants List 2020 Proposed Bylaws Amendments 2019 Audit Report 2019 Annual Business Meeting Minutes To […]


AAFS Board of Directors Announce 2019–2020 Distinguished Fellows

The AAFS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that two Distinguished Fellows will be honored during the 2020 Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 19, in Anaheim, CA: Betty Layne DesPortes, AAFS Past President and Jurisprudence Section Fellow, and Iain Pretty, Odontology Section Fellow. Betty Layne DesPortes is a criminal defense attorney with the firm […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—January 2020

Sources: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Section Secretary, and Emily D. Gottfried, PhD, Section Program Chair January 2020 is already here meaning that the 72nd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting is just around the corner. This year we will meet in Anaheim, CA, at the Convention Center from February 17–22. The pre-registration deadline is January 20. Registration is […]


Call for Nominations for the T. Dale Stewart Award

Sources: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Section Secretary Anthropology Section members are asked to please submit nominations for the T. Dale Stewart Award to the Anthropology Section officers by February 1, 2020. The criteria for this award, which is published in the AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual (Section 7.1.4.1.) is included below. Paul Emanovsky (Chair)—pemanovsky@hotmail.com Kristen Hartnett-McCann […]


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: “to […]