Monthly Archives: May 2021

2021-22 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline

Purpose: The Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant is to provide graduate students with financial assistance to complete their thesis or independent research project as required for a graduate degree in Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. The thesis or research project must be in the field of Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant […]

2021–22 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2022-23 officers:   Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD                    President                  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD                  President-Elect       (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD       Vice President          (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) Laura L. Liptai, PhD            […]

50th Anniversary of the Anthropology Section—May 2021

Source: Allysha P. Winburn, PhD, Section Secretary As part of continuing effort to highlight milestones in section history, the 50th Anniversary Committee wishes to celebrate the formation of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology on February 14, 1977. The first President to serve was Ellis Kerley, with Clyde Snow serving as Vice President, Steve Rosen […]

2021-22 FSF Field and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Purpose: The FSF Kenneth S. Field Grants (up to $1,500) and the Douglas M. Lucas Grants ($1,501–$6,000) are intended to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Submission Requirements: The following criteria will be considered in evaluating proposals […]

AAFS Hiring for Two Positions!

Source: Donna M. Grogan, AAFS Executive Director The AAFS is currently looking to fill two senior staff positions. The successful candidates will join the Academy Staff in Colorado Springs, CO. If you, or someone you know, may be interested, please access the links below for more information. Event & Exposition Manager Manages designated content processes […]

Odontology Section News—Call for Abstracts and Volunteers

Source: Denise C. Murmann, DDS, Section Program Chair If the return of warmer weather was not exciting enough for you, last week the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its new Interim Public Health Recommendations for fully vaccinated people ( For domestic travel in the United States and United States territories: Fully vaccinated […]

Toxicology Call for Abstracts, Workshops, and Meeting Volunteers!

Source: Amanda L.A. Mohr, MSFS, Section Program Chair Preparations are underway for the 74th Annual AAFS meeting in Seattle, WA, taking place February 21–26, 2022. The deadline for scientific submissions (abstracts and workshop proposals) is quickly approaching on September 1! AAFS President Carl R. McClary has chosen the theme of “A Responsive Academy—Meeting and Surpassing […]

The Passing of Dr. Vicki Wedel, PhD

Source: Alison Galloway, PhD, Anthropology Fellow We are saddened to convey the news that Vicki Wedel, a Fellow in the Anthropology Section, died suddenly on May 15, 2021. She leaves behind her husband of almost 25 years, Matt, and a teenage son. Dr. Wedel was an Associate Professor in the Anatomy Department at Western University […]

Groundbreaking Book Fills Dire Needs in Unexplained Pediatric Deaths

  In February 2020, the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) Foundation released a first-of-its-kind book, Unexplained Pediatric Deaths: Investigation, Certification, and Family Needs, in collaboration with the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This groundbreaking publication establishes the first-ever national consensus guidelines in the United States to fill crucial […]

Remembering Randall C. Baselt, PhD

Source: Sandra B. Sachs, PhD, Toxicology Section Chair It is with the deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Randall C. Baselt, PhD. Randy was a leader in forensic toxicology and contributed greatly to the field. His most notable resource, Disposition of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals in Man, is globally recognized and […]

Forensic Science Principles—Paving the Way for IAFS 2023

Source: Claude Roux, PhD, IAFS President Join more than 900 forensic scientists who have registered to shape the future of forensic science. This virtual conference will include presentations from 12 leading forensic scientists on the fundamental principles, as well as current and future challenges in forensic science under the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) […]

AAFS Fellow Bruce Weir Elected to Royal Society for Contributions to Population Genetics, Forensic Science

Source: Brenda K. Peat, JFS Managing Editor Dr. Bruce Weir, a professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge for his fundamental contributions to the theory of population and quantitative genetics and to forensic […]

Using Lean Six Sigma for Process Improvement in a Forensic Science Laboratory Webinar—May 20

Sources: Barry A.J. Fisher, MS, MBA, and Laura L. Liptai, PhD, Forensic Science Uniting Nations Co-Chairs All AAFS members are invited to join the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program’s Mark Mogle and Brittany Graham for a free special webinar and support our forensic science colleagues from The Department of Forensic Sciences Judicial Investigation Agency […]