Monthly Archives: April 2021


President’s Spotlight—Presenting the Exciting New AAFS Logo

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President As promised in my address at our annual meeting, we have begun the process of finalizing some of the changes we feel are needed within the organization. One of those is the redesign of our logo! Although the current logo has served us well for many years, […]


President’s Spotlight—April 2021

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President During the year, we will present monthly presidential spotlights for each section to highlight the latest significant research or improvements within its discipline(s). Examples include cutting-edge technology, standards, or methods that improve the practice. Alternatively, they may show a historical account/timeline of the discipline’s use of innovative […]


Call for Nominations for the Questioned Documents Section’s Ordway Hilton Award

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The Questioned Documents Section is currently accepting nominations for the Ordway Hilton Award. This purpose of this award is to recognize sustained superior contributions to the Questioned Documents Section, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the forensic science community. The award is named in honor […]


22nd Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Recipients Announced!

The 22nd Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted during the AAFS Virtual Annual Meeting in February. The following presenters were selected as the 2021 winners by a panel of judges: Perla Santillan, MS—“Mass Grave Localization Prediction With Geographical Information System in Guatemala and Future Impacts” (A58/Anthropology) Ya-Chih Cheng, MS—“The Differentiation of […]


Call For 2021–22 Award Nominations

Source: Jeri Ropero-Miller, PhD, Past Presidents Council Chair, Awards Committee Chair The nomination period for 2021–22 Academy-wide awards has opened. Please consider submitting nominations for the following awards. Past Presidents Council Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Summary of Criteria: The recipient must be an Associate Member, Member, or Fellow of the […]


ASB Toxicology Standards Open for Public Comment

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, 2020-21 Toxicology Section Chair The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) recently released three documents that may be of interest: ASB Standard 121, Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicological Testing of Urine in Drug-Facilitated Crime Investigations, First Edition: You may recall that this document was recently recirculated for […]


President’s Spotlight—2021–22 Ad Hoc Committees Announced

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President To keep you, our members, informed of what your Board of Directors and Academy staff are doing to improve the organization and review its policies for potential updating, I have compiled a list of our current presidential ad hoc committees, their chairs, and the missions for which […]


Michigan Governor Appoints Two AAFS Fellows to Newly Created Task Force of Forensic Science

Source: Donald E. Shelton, JD, PhD, Jurisprudence Section Chair Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently created a Task Force of Forensic Science and has appointed two AAFS Fellows to join the group. In creating the group, the Governor said, “A fair trial is at the core of the American criminal justice system. While forensic science is […]


Regional Association Committee Survey Deadline: May 1

Source: Vincent Villena, MS, AAFS Regional Association Committee Chair One of the objectives of the Academy is to “encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences.” The Regional Association Committee under the Criminalistics Section consists of representatives from each of the eight regional forensic organizations in the United States. The Committee would like to hear your opinions […]