Monthly Archives: June 2020

Spotlight on the Regional Associations—July 2020

Sources: Vincent P. Villena, MS, RAC Chair and Desiree Reid, SAFS Representative to the RAC The 4th organization we are featuring in this month’s Regional Association Committee update is presented by its past president, Desiree Reid, of the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS). On September 9, 1966, forensic scientists from the southern region of […]

General Section News—June 2020

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, General Section Secretary The General Section is accepting nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair Claire Shepard at by August 15, 2020. Award […]

Free COVID-19-Themed Issue From Medicine and Law Is Now Available!

Medicine and Law is an international publication dealing with medicolegal issues. The journal is comprised of original articles, court decisions, and legislation on topics including medical law, forensic medicine, sexology and law, psychiatry and law, psychology and law, dentistry and law, nursing law, pharmaceutical law, medical ethics, clinical criminology, drugs, alcohol, child abuse, medical experimentation, […]

Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—June 2020

Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section Secretary Deadlines are Approaching for the 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting The deadline for submissions for the AAFS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting has been extended to September 1. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence and will be held February […]

Questioned Documents Section News—June 2020

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Section Chair The 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 15-20, 2021, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. I believe this has been the goal of the Academy since its inception, but […]

President’s Spotlight—AAFS Membership Survey

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President and Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD AAFS Vice President and Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee Chair As promised, here is the next Presidential Spotlight in which I have invited the AAFS Board of Directors to contribute to inform the Academy membership of activities and resources of benefit to you. […]

President’s Spotlight—Calling All Members: Provide Your Important Input to the Academy Standards Board Survey

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President Significant historic happenings on June 3: 1904—Charles Richard Drew, African-American physician and surgeon; authority on the preservation of human blood for transfusion and pioneer of blood plasma research was born 1934—Dr. Frederick Banting, the co-inventor of insulin, was knighted 1963—Clarence Gideon is arrested and charged with breaking into […]

NIST to Digital Forensics Experts: Show Us What You Got

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces the first large-scale black box study for digital forensics. There have been black box studies for fingerprint and ballistic examiners, but this is the first large-scale black box study for digital forensics. It will test how well experts perform […]

President’s Spotlight—June 2020

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President Today I address you, the Academy membership, greatly saddened and overwhelmed with questions as to how social injustice and disturbing deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others are continuing to occur. Our Nation is embroiled in civil unrest and demand for action against racism, intolerance, […]

Message From the AAFS Board of Directors Regarding the Academy’s Policies on Diversity, Inclusion, and Discrimination

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is a multidisciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. In light of current events, it is important to reiterate that as an organization, the Academy always has been, and remains, committed to promoting education, to fostering research, to improving […]

Nominations Are Now Being Accepted for the Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarships

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Section Chair The Toxicology Section’s awards and scholarships offer an enviable way to recognize the achievements and contributions of our distinguished colleagues and promising students. Nominations and all accompanying supporting information are due on August 1, 2020. The Alexander O. Gettler Award—Analytical Achievement in Forensic Toxicology This award is bestowed […]

Spotlight on the Regional Associations—June 2020

AAFS Regional Association Committee (RAC) Update Sources: Vincent P. Villena, MS, RAC Chair and Brooke J. Ehlers, MAFS, Representative to the RAC The third organization we are featuring in this month’s Regional Association Committee update is presented by its current president, Brooke Ehlers, of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS). The MAFS was founded […]

Criminalistics Section 2020 Meeting Recap

Source: Jennifer S. Mihalovich, MPH, Section Chair The 73rd meeting in Houston, TX, (February 15–20, 2021) is fast approaching. AAFS President Jeri D. Ropero-Miller’s theme is One Academy–Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The Criminalistics Section is well represented in the 2021 Program Committees: Patrick Buzzini (Luncheon Seminars), Marilyn T. Miller (Student Academy), Lynn A. […]

Remembering John Frasco

Source: John P. Kenney, DDS, MS   I am saddened to relay that John F. Frasco, DDS, Retired Member of the Odontology Sections, died peacefully in his home on May 28, 2020, with his family by his side. John had a distinguished career as a practicing dentist and odontology consultant. He served as the Deputy […]