Monthly Archives: July 2021

Nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt Awards for 2022 Due August 15

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary General Section Colleagues, The General Section continues to accept nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2022 AAFS conference. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair Claire Shepard at by August 15, 2021. […]

President’s Spotlight—July 2021

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President Greetings members! As we approach the middle of our summer season, I’ve taken the time to update you on happenings within the Academy. Some of the staff and your board members have had opportunities to partake of much-needed breaks; however, they have not been idle with respect […]

California Association of Toxicologists Virtual Meeting on August 4-5, 2021

Sources: Sabra Jones, MS, Toxicology Section Chair  The California Association of Toxicologists (CAT) is holding its first virtual meeting on August 4-5, 2021. It is a two-day FREE event that anyone can sign up for. Continuing Education credits will be available. Click HERE for full agenda. To register for this free event, go to: […]

Forensic Science Organization to Draft Standards for Sexual Assault Examinations

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST OSAC seeks qualified applicants for new forensic nursing subcommittee The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), which is administered by NIST, will launch a new subcommittee that will draft standards for collecting physical evidence […]

Are You Considering Promoting to Member or Fellow?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher membership status are encouraged to submit an application for promotion.  Benefits of promoting to a higher membership status include: Members and Fellows are voting members and have an opportunity to have a voice in AAFS Bylaws, policies, decision-making, etc.; Fellows […]

Student and Trainee Affiliates—Annual Eligibility Coming Soon

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator Those with the temporary status of Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Student Affiliates—If you are enrolled in a program relevant to forensic science, you are required to submit the annual Student Affiliate Eligibility Form, completed by your academic advisor. Masters and doctorate students in the Anthropology […]

In Memoriam—James E. Starrs, JD

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, Jurisprudence Section Fellow Professor Emeritus James E. Starrs was a man of principle. He was never afraid to speak his mind, take the other side of an argument, or challenge the status quo. He frequently said, “If the wind is not against you, it is not blowing.” We knew we […]

President’s Spotlight—The Molecular Autopsy: A New Tool for Forensic Pathologists

During the year, we will present presidential spotlights for each section to highlight the latest significant research or improvements within its discipline. 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 technology or research. These are presented to inform all […]

FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship for International AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Attendees: September 1 Deadline

Purpose:  The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) will fund a limited number of American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) international member registrations for the 2022 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting through a “Scholarship Program.” Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: • Only members or affiliates of the AAFS who have never attended an annual meeting and who reside outside of […]

FSF Student Affiliate Scholarships: September 1 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) will fund a limited number of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Student Affiliate registrations for the 2022 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting through a “Scholarship Program.” To qualify for the scholarship, AAFS Student Affiliates must submit an abstract for the AAFS 2022 program through the online submission system. Click […]

23rd Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award (EFSA) Competition

PURPOSE: To nurture a productive dialogue between emerging judicial and forensic standards of reliability and validity, the Forensic Sciences Foundation is pleased to offer the 23rd Annual Emerging Forensic Scientist Award. The award will be presented to the author of the best paper on any topic focusing on the reliability and validity of techniques, processes, […]

2021–22 Warren-Young Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Forensic Sciences Foundation is pleased to award Ashley Shidner with the 2021–22 Warren-Young Scholarship. This award is designed to encourage forensic science education at the middle and high school levels and is intended to provide funds to purchase supplies, equipment, or reference materials to support forensic science education in teaching basic scientific principles. Applications […]

FSF Student Travel Grant: October 15 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2022 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $24,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a wonderful […]

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 […]

Anthropology Section Updates

Source: Krista E. Latham, PhD, Section Program Chair Just a reminder that abstracts are due on September 1, 2021, for all presenters interested in the 74th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting (February 21–26, 2022, in Seattle, WA). This includes individual presentations, as well as those that are included in a symposium. Information on submitting your abstract can be found […]

Journal of Forensic Sciences Update

Source: Michael A. Peat, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences     Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) leadership team, we continue to grow our scientific recognition and improve our performance metrics. Included below are summaries of the key achievements during 2020 and 2021 to-date. Thank you to all who have contributed, […]

Psychiatry & Behavioral Science—July 2021

Source: Sebastien S. Prat, MD, Section Secretary Please find below the most recent updates pertaining to the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section, including: AAFS Annual Conference The Richard Rosner Award (submission deadline extended until August 1) Other educational activities Upcoming conferences Most recent publications in the Journal of Forensic Sciences AAFS Annual Conference Psychiatry & […]

Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section—Joint Session With the Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Section for the 2022 Upcoming AAFS Meeting

Sources: Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar, PhD, and Joseph Levi White, MS, Program Committee Chair and Co-Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section and the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section are planning a joint interdisciplinary session for the upcoming 2022 AAFS meeting. Some ideas discussed include presenting case studies involving digital evidence and following up with related […]

Young Forensic Scientist Scholarship (YFSS) Announced

Source: Tanisha V. Henson, JD, YFSS Scholarship Chair The Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences is proud to announce its third biennial InterForensics meeting, to be held from November 2–5, 2021, in the beautiful capital city of Curitiba, located in the southern State of Paraná, Brazil. Curitiba is filled with many wondrous and beautiful sights, including […]

Pathology/Biology Section Updates

Source: Erin G. Brooks, MD, Pathology/Biology Section Chair Just a reminder to please submit your abstract for the upcoming 74th AAFS Annual Scientific Conference to be held February 21–26, 2022, in Seattle, WA (meeting theme: A Responsive Academy—Meeting and Surpassing the Challenges of a Modern Forensic Science World). The deadline for abstract submission is September 1, […]