Monthly Archives: September 2020


Journal of Forensic Sciences Update

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences       The Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) Editorial Office has been working on a new journal format for article content as well as a new JFS cover, with a goal to launch both initiatives with the January 2021 issue. We are thrilled to inform you that […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section News—September 2020

Source: Jason Paroff, JD, Section Chair I hope section members are taking advantage of the extended abstract submission deadline of September 30. There are three possible awards that can currently be given out by our section: The Outstanding Research Award, the Outstanding Case Study Award, and the Carrie Morgan Whitcomb Outstanding Service Award. In the […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Digital Subscription—Access Instructions and Additional Features

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator A Digital Subscription to the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) will be provided complimentary to AAFS Trainee Affiliates, Associate Members, Members, and Fellows as part of your 2021 annual membership dues payment. Student Affiliates without an application on file to upgrade may purchase a 2021 JFS Digital Subscription at a […]


FEPAC Selects New Commissioners

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At a recent meeting, three new Commissioners were selected to serve on the AAFS Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Thomas A. Brettell will be replacing Dwight E. Adams and Josh Brunty will be replacing Jeffrey K. Tomberlin as Academician Commissioners while Lynn A. Schneewies will be replacing Pamela […]


FTCoE Participates in National Forensic Science Week

Source: Tyler Raible, Communication Analyst, Forensic Technology Center of Excellence   Forensic Science Week recognizes the contribution that forensic science makes to the criminal justice system. This year, Forensic Science Week is being held September 20-26. Throughout the week, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) is engaging with the community to bolster our presence […]


JFS Provides Virtual Issue to Celebrate National Forensic Science Week

Source: Michael A. Peat, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences       National Forensic Science Week, formed in recognition of the important role that proper forensic science plays in the investigation of crimes throughout the nation, is September 20-26, 2020. To celebrate this important recognition, the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) leadership has compiled a virtual issue […]


National Peer Review Week

Source: Michael A. Peat, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences      Peer Review Week is a global event that celebrates the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality. This week is National Peer Review Week 2020, dedicated to the theme of “Trust in Peer Review,” shining a light on how the peer review process […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—September 2020

Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Section Secretary The 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting I hope everyone is doing well. There are only two weeks before the deadline for abstract submissions for the AAFS 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting, One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2020. The annual […]


Student and Trainee Affiliate Eligibility Reminder

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator As a reminder, 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 […]


Nicholas Passalacqua Honored With AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, Past Presidents Council Chair and Kimberly Wrasse, AAFS Assistant Director The AAFS Past Presidents Council is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Nicholas V. Passalacqua, PhD, a Fellow in the Anthropology Section. The award will be acknowledged during the virtual […]


Updated Policy and Procedure Manual Now Available

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, AAFS Assistant Director 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 following updates were approved by the 2020–21 Board of Directors: 1.1.5. Revisions to the Manual – Addition of timelines and […]


2020-21 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize Update

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, AAFS Assistant Director With the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting being converted to a digital format, the 2020-21 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize will not proceed as previously announced. However, the FSF Board of Trustees has agreed to increase the funding for the 2020-21 FSF Student Affiliate Scholarships, which […]


A Message From Your Executive Director

Source: Donna M. Grogan, AAFS & FSF Executive Director Expanded Social Media Presence The Academy is excited to invite you to connect with us on social media! In addition to our current Facebook® page, we have launched a Twitter® feed and a LinkedIn® page. Through these platforms, we are hoping to better connect with our […]


FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Competition

To nurture a productive dialogue between emerging judicial and forensic standards of reliability and validity, the Forensic Sciences Foundation is pleased to offer the 22nd Annual Emerging Forensic Scientist Award. The award will be presented to the author of the best paper on any topic focusing on the reliability and validity of techniques, processes, or methods in […]


FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship for International AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Attendees:  September 30 Deadline

Purpose:  The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) will fund a limited number of American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) international member registrations for the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting through a “Scholarship Program.” Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: • Only members or affiliates of the AAFS who have never attended an annual meeting and who reside outside of […]


FSF Student Affiliate Scholarships: September 30 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) will fund a limited number of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Student Affiliate registrations for the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting through a “Scholarship Program.” To qualify for the scholarship, AAFS Student Affiliates must submit an abstract for the AAFS 2021 program through the online submission system or […]


Spotlight on the Regional Associations—September 2020

Sources: Vincent P. Villena, MS, RAC Chair, and Chris Boydstun, SWAFS Representative to the RAC The sixth organization we are featuring in this month’s Regional Association Committee update is presented by Chris Boydstun, who served previously as a member of the Board of Directors to the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS). SWAFS was founded […]


AAFS Application Deadline—October 1

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator The membership application deadline of October 1 is rapidly approaching. Even though the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be going 100% virtual, this will not affect the application review/approval process. Please continue to submit applications for new membership or for an upgrade/promotion in your membership status. Applications will be […]


President’s Spotlight—AAFS Membership Survey Results and Proposed Courses of Action

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President, and Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, AAFS Vice President and Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee Chair More than 1,500 individual (23%) members participated in the recent survey. The Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee thanks those of you who took time out to provide thoughtful responses and comments. The extensive […]


URGENT: Help McCrone Research Institute Today

Source: Gary J. Laughlin, PhD, McCrone Research Institute Executive Director Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), all McCrone Research Institute programs and operations have been temporarily suspended, and we have gone to an on-demand course schedule. Revenue has plummeted and for the first time ever we are asking for your help. In response to this once-in-a-century crisis, […]