Monthly Archives: January 2021


American SIDS Institute Solicits Letters of Intent for Research Grants—Deadline April 1, 2021

Source: Betty McEntire, PhD, CEO, American SIDS Institute  The American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Institute invites qualified investigators to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for a research grant related to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). Applicants must have a faculty appointment or the equivalent at a United States-based university, hospital, research institution, or […]


Carol Henderson Receives the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion

Carol E. Henderson, JD, will be honored posthumously at the 73rd American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting with the Academy’s highest honor—the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion. The Gradwohl Medallion is intended to honor one who has made exceptional contributions to the field of forensic science. The criteria for the Gradwohl Award were set […]


AAFS Board of Directors Announce 2020–2021 Distinguished Fellow Recipient

The AAFS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Pathology/Biology Section Fellow Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, MD, has been named as the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Fellow Award.  The award will be presented to Dr. Sathyavagiswaran at the 2022 Annual Business Meeting in Seattle, WA. Dr. Sathyavagiswaran was elected into membership in the Pathology/Biology Section […]


ASCLD FRC Extends Deadline for Award Applications

The Forensic Research Committee (FRC) of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) announce three awards for 2021: 2nd Annual Innovation Award: the objective is to acknowledge operational scientists who incorporate cutting-edge techniques to the practice of forensic science, and call attention to their work. Outstanding Evaluation/Validation Award: the goal is to recognize an […]


President’s Spotlight—JFS Editorial Available

We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) has published a President’s Editorial submitted by AAFS President Jeri Ropero-Miller. The article—Uniting and Transforming Forensic Sciences in a Monumental Pandemic Year and Beyond—covers the following topics: Vision, Mission, Values, and Strategy Standards Research, Education, and Training Technological Advances Renewed Organizational Commitment to […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation 2020-21 Student Affiliate Scholarship Winners

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce the winners of the “FSF Student Affiliate Scholarship.” The Student Affiliate Scholarship program is designed to assist students with the AAFS Annual Meeting registration. Meghan Appley, MS, Criminalistics; Lucio Avellaneda, BS, Criminalistics; Kailey Babcock, BS, Criminalistics; Petra Banks, MA, Anthropology; Emily Brooks, BA, Anthropology;Amber D. Budmark, […]


Justice Department Publishes Statement on 2016 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD The United States Justice Department has published a statement on the 2016 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report, Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods. The statement is a response to PCAST’s claims regarding what it described as forensic “feature comparison methods.” […]


FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 3.5 Faculty

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a […]


NIST Study Will Help Labs Distinguish Between Hemp and Marijuana

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching an interlaboratory comparison study aimed at helping labs make the accurate Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) measurements needed to distinguish between hemp and marijuana. For this study, NIST will send samples of hemp and marijuana plant material to labs that will […]


AAFS Virtual Section Business Meetings

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator With the section business meetings being conducted virtually the week prior to the AAFS Annual Meeting, it is imperative that members register by the pre-registration deadline. You MUST be registered for the annual meeting in order to attend the section business meetings. Your attendance is critical in order to achieve a […]


2021 Voting Member Documents Now Available

Pursuant to AAFS policies, specific documents must be provided to the Voting Members of the Academy prior to the Annual Business Meeting. The following documents are available online through the secure member log-in portal on the AAFS website: 2021 Applicants List 2021 Proposed Bylaws Amendments 2020 Audit Report 2020 Annual Business Meeting Minutes To access these […]


Bureau of Justice Webinar Links Posted

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) worked with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to conduct a webinar on the navigation of the new JustGrant System and errors the membership were encountering. Click HERE to view the presentation on the BJA website. Click HERE to view […]


New Solicitation From the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Source: Jonathan McGrath, PhD, National Institute of Justice The NIJ recently released a new FY2021 solicitation on “Research and Evaluation on Crime Laboratory Systems and Processes.” With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for research and evaluation projects aimed at understanding and strengthening the accuracy and reliability of a crime laboratory’s systems and processes. The closing […]