Monthly Archives: March 2020


2020-21 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 […]


2020-21 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 2021 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston, TX. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a […]


A Word of Thanks From the Forensic Sciences Foundation

Thank you to all who donated items to the auction and those who participated in the vigorous bidding.  The 2020 auction proceeds ($4,840) 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 to the […]


2020–21 FSF Field and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Purpose: The FSF Kenneth S. Field Grants (up to $1,500) and the Douglas M. Lucas Grants ($1,501–$6,000) are intended to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Submission Requirements: The following criteria will be considered in evaluating proposals for both […]


Questions Documents Section Update–March 2020

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Section Chair The 2020 meeting of the Questioned Documents Section held in Anaheim, California last month was a resounding success! The technical program, chaired by Samiah Ibrahim, covered a myriad of subjects, both traditional and novel. The workshop, “Dispelling the Myths About the Forensic Examination of Handprinting,” put on by Linton […]


COVID-19 and 2020 AAFS Membership Dues

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is concerned about its membership and hopes everyone is healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have received a few inquiries regarding dues payments during this unprecedented time. The membership-approved AAFS Bylaws dictate dues deadlines and the inactive status for nonpayment. While staff is not able to […]


AAFS Regional Associations Committee Information Sheet

Source: Vincent P. Villena, MS, RAC Chair and CAC Representative to the RAC Greetings from the Criminalistics Section Regional Associations Committee (RAC)! As part of the RAC’s efforts to increase communication and collaboration between the many regional associations in the United States, the upcoming Academy Newsfeeds will feature information and updates from each of the […]


Diversity Outreach Committee Membership Solicitations

Source: Sean D. Tallman, PhD, Chair, AAFS Diversity Outreach Committee  The AAFS Diversity Outreach Committee (DOC) is excited to announce solicitations for up to 10 individuals to join the Committee. Membership on the DOC is open to all sections and levels of membership (Student Affiliates through Fellows) for one year (reappointment up to three years). The DOC works collaboratively […]


Research and Evaluation for the Testing and Interpretation of Physical Evidence in Publicly Funded Forensic Laboratories, Fiscal Year 2020

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking applications for funding for research and evaluation studies to produce practical knowledge that has the potential to improve the examination and interpretation of […]


Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes, Fiscal Year 2020

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals for basic or applied research and development projects. An NIJ forensic science research and development grant supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project that will: (1) increase the body of knowledge to […]


Call For 2020–21 Award Nominations

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, Past Presidents Council Chair, Awards Committee Chair The nomination period for 2020–21 Academy-wide awards has opened. Please consider submitting nominations for the following awards. All references to the Policy and Procedure Manual may be found HERE. Past Presidents Council Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Summary of […]


CFSO Flash Brief—2020 March Issue

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The 2020 March issue of the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) newsletter is now available. Click HERE for the full edition.


2020 Anthropology Section Awards

Source: Marin A. Pilloud, PhD, Section Secretary Please join me in congratulating the many award winners in the Anthropology Section who were recognized at the AAFS 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim! The T. Dale Stewart Award—H. Gill-King received this award for his distinguished service to forensic anthropology over the past several decades. Next year, this […]


Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice The 2020 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and […]


FY 2020 Academic-Based Drug Field Testing and Training Initiative

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice The United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) seeks to address delays in forensic lab testing with the ultimate goal of reducing court backlogs for drug-related offenses. BJA will select an applicant to establish a pilot project to develop […]


Call For Nominations: AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Past Presidents Council (PPC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2020–21 Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding contributions to forensic science research, education, and/or practice during the recipient’s early professional career. The recipient […]


Continuing Education Credit Requests

The deadline for submissions of Continuing Education Credit and Certificates is March 17. If you have not done so already, please submit your forms. Certificates will be available on your AAFS Account Portal on approximately April 15. Please note that submissions will not be accepted after May 1 for the most recent annual meeting.


AAFS Executive Director Position Announcement

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President After nearly 35 years of service, AAFS Executive Director Anne Warren will be retiring in May 2020. The AAFS Board of Directors has partnered with global executive search firm Lindauer to assist in recruiting and identifying eligible candidates to serve as Executive Director following Anne’s retirement. Anyone interested […]


Manhattan County District Attorney’s Office Honored With AAFS Ambassador of Forensic Science Award

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Board of Directors unanimously voted to honor the Manhattan County District Attorney’s (DA’s) Office with the AAFS Ambassador of Forensic Science Award. This award is intended to acknowledge an individual or a group that has advanced the recognition of forensic science in the pursuit of justice through public […]


In Memoriam: Noelle Umback

Sources: Marie M. Samples, MS, and Desirée A. Reid, BS The excitement of the recent AAFS meeting in Anaheim was tempered by the news that Noelle J. Umback, Fellow of the Criminalistics Section and the incoming Chair, passed away the previous Saturday evening, February 15. She lost her battle with breast cancer that she had […]


NIJ Funding Updates

Native Student Travel Scholarship Program: Connecting Science to Crime and Justice The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will support 15 American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate or graduate full-time students in attending major criminal justice-related conferences and explore the role of science in solving complex problems to increase public safety. The conference options are: 3rd […]