Monthly Archives: August 2020


Update on IAFS 2020

Source: Claude Roux, PhD, IAFS President Due to the circumstances surrounding coronavirus COVID-19, the 22nd Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Science (IAFS) in conjunction with the 25th Symposium of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society originally due to be held in September 2020 was recently postponed to May 2021. The […]


Seeking Nominees For 2022 Criminalistics Awards

Sources: Patrick Buzzini, PhD, Criminalistics Section Awards Committee Co-Chair Kristy Kadash, PhD, Criminalistics Section Awards Committee Co-Chair The Criminalistics Section Awards Committee is seeking nominees to receive the 2022 Paul L. Kirk Award and the Mary E. Cowan Outstanding Service Award. The awards are described below, and previous recipients can be found HERE. The Paul […]


In Memorium: Dan C. Purdy, BSc

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The Questioned Document section is sad to announce the passing of Dan C. Purdy on August 19, 2020, at the age of 74. Dan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of B.C. and trained as a forensic scientist at the Royal […]


In Memoriam: Peter V. Tytell, BA

Sources: Carl R. McClary, MS, AAFS President Elect, Thomas W. Vastrick, BS, AAFS Board of Directors, and Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The Questioned Documents section is sad to announce the passing of member Peter V. Tytell of New York after a long illness. Peter was known to many in the forensic […]


AAFS Email and Newsfeed Alerts

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator In an effort to keep membership records accurate and up-to-date, it is requested that all members check their account portal to ensure the contact information and email address are correct. Since the account portal can only accommodate one primary email, you may choose to have a secondary email by contacting […]


2020–21 Warren-Young Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Forensic Sciences Foundation is pleased to award Ronald Moss with the 2020-21 Warren-Young Scholarship. This award is designed to encourage forensic science education at the middle and high school levels and is intended to provide funds to purchase supplies, equipment, or reference materials to support forensic science education in teaching basic scientific principles. Applications […]


Measuring the Sensitivity of COVID Tests With New Material From NIST

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) research group that produces the Human DNA Quantitation Standard and other standards used in forensic DNA profiling have put their know-how to use in an effort to improve testing for COVID-19. COVID tests can give a false negative if a person is […]


General Section Award Nominations—Due Aug 15

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, General Section Secretary The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is a volunteer organization and it’s important to recognize those who work to make this organization function. Who do YOU know that exemplifies that spirit that made you join AAFS and the General Section? Do they meet qualifications for either […]


Spotlight on the Regional Associations—August 2020

Sources: Vincent P. Villena, MS, RAC Chair, and Lori B. Seman, MS, MAAFS Representative to the RAC The fifth organization we are featuring in this month’s Regional Association Committee (RAC) update is presented by their Meeting Planning Chair, Lori Seman, of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS). The first meeting of the MAAFS was […]


Ambassador of Forensic Science Award – Deadline Extended

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, Past Presidents Council Chair, Awards Committee Chair The nomination period for the 2020–21 Ambassador of Forensic Science Award has been extended to September 1. Ambassador of Forensic Science Award Summary of Criteria: The recipient may be an individual or group that has advanced the recognition of the power of forensic science […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Update

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences      Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) leadership team, we continue to grow our scientific recognition and improve our performance metrics. Included below are summaries of the key achievements during 2019 and 2020 to-date. Thank you to all who […]