Monthly Archives: April 2020


News From NIST: Seeing the Spread of Drug Particles in a Forensic Lab

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers used black light and glow powder to show how microscopic particles—in this case, from drug powders—can be spread around a forensic chemistry lab when handling evidence. This spread cannot be completely eliminated, but it’s important for labs to manage the […]


IAI 2020 Educational Conference and Member Meeting Cancellation

Source: Glen Calhoun, IAI Chief Operations Officer Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the International Association for Identification (IAI) Board of Directors has voted to cancel the Orlando Annual IAI Educational Conference scheduled for August 9-14, 2020. This decision is out of an abundance of care, caution, and concern for our members and organization. The […]


2020–21 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2021–22 officers: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD President-Elect  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD Vice President  (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD Treasurer  (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) Laura L. Liptai, PhD Secretary    (Engineering & Applied Sciences) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Zeno […]


Answering the Call

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Treasurer An email blast was sent to the entire AAFS Membership on 3/31/20 requesting member input on the needs of the nation’s crime labs, Medical Examiner/Coroner offices (ME/C) and medicolegal death investigators as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis as a community. The Coronavirus 3 bill, S.3548 CARES (Coronavirus […]


SUDC Foundation Publishes First-of-Its-Kind Book

The Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Foundation released a first-of-its-kind book, Unexplained Pediatric Deaths: Investigation, Certification and Family Needs, in collaboration with the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This groundbreaking publication establishes the first-ever national consensus guidelines in the U.S. to fill crucial needs to determine why unexplained […]


FSF Contributors

The Forensic Sciences Foundation, Inc., gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions made to the Foundation and its Endowment Fund. This listing reflects contributions received from 10/01/2019 through 6/30/20. ANTHROPOLOGY $101+ – “Executive Circle” Susan Anton, PhD Joan Baker, PhD Christian Crowder, PhD Diane France, PhD (IGAH) Kathleen Reichs, PhD Gary Scott, MA Denise To, PhD $51-$100 […]


Diversity Outreach Committee Members Announced

Source: Sean D. Tallman, PhD, Diversity Outreach Committee Chair The Diversity Outreach Committee (DOC) is excited to announce the newly selected members of the DOC: Destiny Costley (General Section) Keara Dotson (General Section) Justin Goldstein (Anthropology Section) James Goodrich (Odontology Section) Yong Guan (Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section) Marianne Hamel (Pathology/Biology Section) Sierra Kaszubinski (Criminalistics […]


21st Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Recipients Announced!

The 21st Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted during the AAFS Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA. The following presenters were selected as the 2020 winners by a panel of judges: Kamar Afra, MA – “Craniometrics vs. Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP)s: Is There a Correlation?” (A176/Anthropology) J. Tyler Davidson, MS – “On […]


DOJ Grants Financial Guide Revision

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has made the following revision to the DOJ Grants Financial Guide. The change implemented below became effective April 15, 2020. Chapter 2.2: Acceptance of Award and Award Conditions and Award Notification and Acceptance Procedures: Revised language to allow electronic signatures on award acceptance documents and Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) forms. The […]


The AAFS Reference Series Research Reminder: Delivering the Promise of Science for Global Good

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President As Academy President, I want to spotlight the AAFS resources that benefit the membership. This first spotlight is a reminder of a tremendous research tool that includes hardback books and free pdf access to 17 years of abstracts (2003-2019) by key word or author on the AAFS website. […]


IAFS 2020—COVID-19 Update

Source: Professor Claude Roux, PhD, FRSN, President, International Association of Forensic Sciences, 2017-2020 Following the extraordinary circumstances related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and after thorough evaluation of the emergency situation globally, it is with great regret that we must postpone IAFS 2020. This is not a decision taken lightly. Although Australia has taken enhanced […]


Introducing AAFS Connect!

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, AAFS Content Digitization ad hoc Committee Chair and President-Elect I am pleased to announce that the AAFS Connect program has now been initiated and is ready for you to access up to six of the workshops offered at the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting held in Anaheim, CA. The rest of the […]


Accepting Nominations for the Clyde Snow Award

Source: Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, AAFS HHRRC Committee Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (AAFS HHRRC) is soliciting nominees for the Clyde Snow Award to a forensic scientist or organization that has made outstanding contributions to humanitarian action and the global advancement of human rights through the use […]


General Section Call for Papers

Sources: Katherine M. Brown, PhD, Program Chair and Kimberlee Moran, MSc, Program Co-Chair We know these are challenging times and hope everyone is safe and well, but it is not too early to think about your abstracts for presentations at the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The meeting will […]


CFSO Flash Brief—2020 April Issue

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


NIJ National Center on Forensics, Fiscal Year 2020

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals from qualified applicants to establish and operate the NIJ National Center on Forensics to: Facilitate a partnership amongst: A full-service State department of forensic science with a medical examiner function; An accredited university of higher education with affiliate medical and law schools; and A […]


NIJ FY2020 Drugs and Crime Solicitation: Reminder and Notice

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ)’s Drugs and Crime Research Program supports 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 focus of this research solicitation is narcotics-related criminal investigation, prosecution, intelligence, and […]


Federal Relief Program Options Simplified

Source: Laura Liptai, PhD, Engineering & Applied Sciences Section This article outlines urgent financial resources to improve practice for smaller forensic science practitioners. As you know, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on Friday, March 27, to help the economy recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The provision in the Act […]


Anthropology Section Call for Papers

Sources: Allysha Winburn, PhD, and  Krista Latham, PhD, Section Program Co-Chairs The Anthropology Section Program Committee is pleased to call for paper, workshop, and symposium submissions for the upcoming 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston, TX. We would also like to invite those interested in serving as abstract reviewers or session moderators to email […]