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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President The Spring 2021 American Board of Criminalists (ABC) Newsletter is now available. Click HERE for full issue. Trace Examiners are encouraged to see the announcement on page 5.
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 […]
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 […]
Source: John A. Williams, PhD, Anthropology Section Historian The year is 1977, 5 of the 14 charter members of the Anthropology Section are present. From left to right: Ellis Kerley, Jerry Snyder, Fred Hulse (not a section member), Clyde Snow, Steven Rosen, and Rodger Heglar.
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 […]
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 […]
Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, 2020-21 Section Chair I would like to start off with a huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated in the first (and hopefully last) ever Virtual AAFS meeting! It was not the 2021 meeting we were expecting a year ago, but toxicologists are adaptable and because of all […]
Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST In the shadow of COVID-19, an older epidemic continues to rage. More than 81,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in the 12 months ending last May. That is the highest number ever recorded and a nearly 20% increase from the same period one year […]