Monthly Archives: December 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 is thrilled to inform you that the JFS January 2021 issue will present both a new journal format for article content as well as a new JFS cover—giving JFS a fresh, modern look. In addition to […]


2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Rachelle A. Turiello has been awarded the 2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Epi-PrepDise: A Centrifugal Microfluidic Device for Forensic DNA Methylation Sample Preparation for Chronological Age Prediction. The award consists of $1,700, a plaque, complimentary meeting registration […]


AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Documents for review

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Toxicology Section Chair The ASB recently recirculated four documents that may be of interest: Comments will be accepted on the following documents until January 18, 2021: ASB Standard 098, Standard for Mass Spectral Data Acceptance in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition ASB Standard 113, Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2020-21 Field Grant Recipients

Each year, the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) awards monies in the form of grants to members of the forensic science communities to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research throughout the year. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Three FSF Field Grants […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2020-21 Lucas Grant Recipients

Each year the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) awards monies in the form of grants to members of the forensic science communities to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research throughout the year. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Six FSF Lucas Grants […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—December 2020

Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Section Secretary 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting We are all excited about AAFS having its first Virtual Conference with the VFairs platform February 15-19, 2021. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. With pre-registration having a discount of 50% off and loads of meeting features […]


AAFS Anthropology Section Call for Nominations

The AAFS Anthropology Section Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2021-22 Program Co-Chair. The Nominating Committee consists of the past four Section Chairs, the current Section Chair, and the Anthropology Board of Directors representative. The past and current Section Chairs will serve as voting members and the Board representative will serve in an advisory […]


T. Dale Stewart Award Call for Nominations

Source: Marin A. Pilloud, Anthropology Section Secretary Please email any nominations for the T. Dale Stewart Award to Kristen Hartnett-McCann (dr.khartnett@gmail.com) by February 1. Please see the following information excerpted from the Policy and Procedure Manual regarding this award. The T. Dale Stewart Award is an award presented to a current, former, or retired member, […]


Flu/Influenza Vaccinations

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Treasurer This year, an emphasis has been placed on the Coronavirus due to the widespread infection rate and the resultant deaths. However, influenza still remains a concern and it is important to keep this in mind. The CDC recommends the flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age […]


Executive Committee (a.k.a. Academy Holiday Merriment Elves) December 2020 Wishes

To all Academy Members, a very sincere thank you for your dedication to society, your work, your Academy volunteering and support, and perseverance during 2020 and all the challenges we have had to overcome. Our professions have asked a great deal of us while we have also had to “be present” for our family, friends, […]


Notice to Speakers on Confidential, Proprietary, and Privacy-Sensitive Content

Source: Sondra Doolittle, Meetings and Expositions Manager The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) brings together world-wide forensic professionals at all stages of their careers, from government, public, private, and education sectors around the world to exchange information and ideas, learn together, build professional relationships, and cooperate on areas of mutual interest. AAFS requires a […]


COVID-19 Update

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Treasurer The number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to spike worldwide. There are currently more than 66.7 million positive COVID-19 cases globally and more than 1.53 million COVID-19-related deaths. The United States leads the way with more than 14.7 million positive cases and more than 281 thousand COVID-19-related […]


Questioned Documents Nominations for Section Officers

Source: Thomas W. Vastrick, BS, Section Nominating Committee Chair The Questioned Documents Section Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for Section Officers. The Section Chair and Section Secretary are two-year terms; however, the Policy and Procedure Manual requires an annual vote for both positions. Current Section Chair Karen Nobles and Section Secretary Linda Mitchell are one […]


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Announces A Safer Way to Train Detection Dogs

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST Trained dogs are incredible chemical sensors, far better at detecting explosives, narcotics, and other substances than even the most advanced technological device. But one challenge is that dogs have to be trained, and training them with real hazardous substances can be inconvenient and dangerous. Scientists at NIST have […]


HHRRC Awards to Humanitarian and Human Rights Efforts in Peru, Georgia, and Columbia

Source: Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, Chair of the AAFS Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center The Humanitarian and Human Rights Center (HHRRC) utilizes the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) expertise and other assets to promote research, training, and on-the-ground support of global humanitarian and human rights efforts. Funded collaboratively by the National Institute of […]