Monthly Archives: June 2021


Forensic Science Uniting Nations Educational Collaboration With the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Uzbekistan

Sources: Barry Fisher, MS, MBA, AAFS Past President, and  Laura Liptai, PhD, AAFS Secretary, Co-Chairs of the Forensic Science Uniting Nations The Forensic Science Uniting Nations (FS-UN) is holding its first educational collaboration with the United Nations. The Forensic Science Uniting Nations: (1) is dedicated to the production and distribution of scientific research and educational […]


Updated Policy and Procedure Manual Now Available

An updated AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual has been posted to the website. The Table of Contents is linked to the appropriate pages in order to ease the navigation. The 2021–22 Board of Directors approved the following: 4.3.1. Dues Billing—addition of language pertaining to reinstatement and late fees. 6.17. Young Forensic Scientists Forum—addition of language pertaining to […]


Remembering AAFS Gradwohl Laureate James E. Starrs

We are saddened to announce the passing of AAFS Retired Fellow James E. Starrs. Professor Starrs joined the Academy in 1976 when he was elected Provisional Member. He was promoted to Fellow in 1979 and subsequently served as Secretary and Chair of the Jurisprudence Section as well as numerous committees during his tenure with the […]


General Section Call for Nominations

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary The General Section Nominating Committee, consisting of Paul Kish, T.L. Williams, and William Andrews, announces a call for nominations for Section Director, Section Chair, and Section Secretary, all of whom will be elected during the section business meeting in February 2022. A list of officer responsibilities may be […]


Did You Miss the Humanitarian and Human Rights Virtual Poster Session at AAFS?

Sources: Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, HHRRC Chair, and Jeri D. Roper-Miller, PhD, AAFS Past President and FTCoE Project Director This past February, the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted a virtual Humanitarian and Human Rights Poster and Networking Session at […]


Odontology Abstracts for 2022

Source: Denise C. Murmann, DDS, Odontology Section Program Chair Happy June! Just a note to encourage all of you to think about abstracts for presentations or poster sessions for the AAFS Annual Conference, February 21-26, 2022 in Seattle, WA. Click HERE for abstract submission guidelines. If you are also interested in expanding your education, there are two ABFO […]


Toxicology Section Call for Nominations

Sources: Sabra Botch-Jones, MS, MA, Toxicology Section Chair and Tate Yeatman,  MS, Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair The Toxicology Section’s awards and scholarships offer an enviable way to recognize the achievements and contributions of our distinguished colleagues and promising students. Nominations and all accompanying supporting information are due on August 1, 2021. The […]


General Section Info Session and Call for Submissions

Sources: Kimberlee Sue Moran, MSc, Section Program Chair and Erin M. Worrell, BSc, Section Program Co-Chair The General Section is excited about the 74th AAFS Annual Scientific Conference in Seattle, WA, taking place February 21–26, 2022!  We are looking for prospective presenters! The deadline for scientific submissions (abstracts and workshop proposals) is September 1. If […]


NIST Publishes Review of DNA Mixture Interpretation Methods

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published DNA Mixture Interpretation: A Scientific Foundation Review. This draft report, which will be open for public comment for 60 days before being published in final form, reviews the methods that forensic laboratories use to interpret evidence containing a mixture of […]


Handwriting Examiners in the Digital Age

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST People are writing more than ever with their keyboards and phones, but handwritten notes have become rare. Even signatures are going out of style. Most credit card purchases no longer require them, and if they do, you can usually just scratch one out with your fingernail. The age-old […]


General Section Nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt Awards

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary The General Section is accepting nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2022 AAFS meeting. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair, Claire Shepard, at claire_e_shepard@yahoo.com by August 15, 2021. For a list of […]


Criminalistics Section Awards: Submit Your Nominations

Source: Patrick Buzzini, PhD, Criminalistics Section Awards Committee Co-Chair The Criminalistics Section Awards Committee is seeking nominees to receive the 2022 Paul L. Kirk Award and the Mary E. Cowan Outstanding Service Award. The awards are described below, and previous recipients can be found HERE. The Paul L. Kirk Award: This award shall be bestowed […]