Monthly Archives: July 2020


NIST to Help Labs Achieve Accurate THC, CBD Measurements

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The 2018 Farm Bill legalized cannabis products with less than 0.3% THC. However, labs can have a hard time getting accurate THC measurements, especially at that low level. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has now launched a program to help laboratories accurately measure key chemical […]


Spam/Phishing Emails Alert

Source: Daniel Snapp, AAFS IT Administrator Recently, we have seen an increase in spam/phishing emails that look like they are from either AAFS Executive Director Donna Grogan or AAFS President Jeri Ropero-Miller. In these cases, the actual email address that these emails originate from will not be aafs.org nor from Jeri’s email address. Please make […]


Get to Know the Anthropology Section Leadership

Source: Marin A. Pilloud, PhD, Anthropology Section Secretary In an effort to increase transparency, the Anthropology Section leadership will be sending out information about how the AAFS operates. As the first message in this series, we wanted to introduce ourselves, let you know our roles in the organization, and that you can reach out to […]


Update to CFSO Flash Brief—2020 July Issue

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison In the previous posting of the CFSO Flash Brief for July 2020, there was a transposition of budget categories on page 3. The correct budget figures for NIST’s OSAC are FY20: $3,150,000 and House bill: $3,150,000. The figures for NIST’s Forensic Technical Evaluations category are FY20: $1,000,000 […]


Student and Trainee Affiliates Eligibility

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator Those with the temporary status of Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Student Affiliates—If you are enrolled in a program relevant to forensic science, you are required to submit the annual Student Affiliate Eligibility Form, completed by your academic advisor. Masters and doctorate students in the […]


CFSO Flash Brief—2020 July Issue

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


Associate Members and Members—Are You Eligible to Promote?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher membership status are encouraged to submit an application for promotion. Benefits of promoting to a higher membership status include: Members and Fellows are voting members and have an opportunity to have a voice in AAFS Bylaws, policies, decision-making, etc.; […]


COVID-19 Resource Page Update

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Treasurer Many states are now requiring the use of cloth face coverings in public areas to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please visit the COVID-19 Resource Page to view the latest “Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings” provided by the CDC under the “Personal Protective Equipment” header. […]


President’s Message—Did You Miss the HHRRC Poster and Networking Session at AAFS?

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President and FTCoE Project Director and Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, HHRRC Chair This past February at the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted the Inaugural […]


Announcing a Webinar Series on the OSAC-ASB Process

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD A new Promega® Webinar Series will be held over the next few months. The series is free and open to all. A portion of the abstract is provided here: A series of webinars have been created to provide information and educate the forensic and criminal justice community regarding new and emerging […]


Updated Policy and Procedure Manual Now Available

An updated AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual has been posted to the website here. The Table of Contents is linked to the appropriate pages in order to ease the navigation. The 2020–21 Board of Directors approved the following:  New introductory information under “Section 6. – Committee Activities” that clarifies standard operating protocols Clarification of standard […]


Don’t Miss Out on AAFS Connect!

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, AAFS Content Digitization Ad Hoc Committee Chair and President-Elect Did you miss attending the AAFS meeting in Anaheim, CA, this year? If so, or you missed a workshop because you were in another, check out the AAFS Connect on-demand program that is gaining in popularity! Please take a minute and click […]


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 […]