Monthly Archives: August 2021


Final Call for General Section Nominations

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary To all General section members, this is a final call. The General Section Nominating Committee, consisting of Paul Kish, T.L. Williams, and William Andrews, announces a final call for nominations for Section Director, Section Chair, and Section Secretary, all of whom will be elected during the section business meeting in […]


President’s Spotlight—Stable Isotope Forensics: Applications to Unidentified Human Remains Cases

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 […]


American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Field Testing—Foundational Knowledge Exam

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President On August 2, the ABC began the lengthy process of field testing the new Foundational Knowledge Exam (FKE). Qualifications: Education:  There is no post-secondary educational requirement to sit for the examination; however, a background in natural science (e.g., chemical, physical, or biological science) or forensic science is […]


Again Calling All DNA Analysts

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD This message is being shared with AAFS at the request of the study organizers. To all DNAmix interested parties, We are pleased to announce open registration for the previously mentioned DNAmix 2021 study. The DNAmix study website is at https://dnamix.edgeaws.noblis.org/. Please log in there and complete the registration and configuration. NOTE: […]


FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 4.3 Program Director

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies and Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a bachelor’s […]


Introducing the New AAFS My Account!

Source: Daniel Snapp, AAFS IT Systems Administrator The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is proud to introduce you to your new My Account page! Your new My Account page is a part of the AAFS effort to modernize and provide a new and exciting experience for our members. You will find all information associated with […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Print-on-Demand (POD)

Source: Michael A. Peat, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences      In 2018, the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) underwent an e-migration from print to on-line only. This transition was successful, and we have continued to grow the readership of JFS with the help of our Publisher, Wiley. We have also increased the rate of submissions and, […]


AAFS Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section—New Student Research Award for 2022

Source: Jason M. Paroff, JD, Section Chair The AAFS Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section (DMS) is excited to announce a new “Outstanding Student Research Award” that will be added at the 74th Annual Scientific Conference in Seattle in 2022. The Outstanding Student Research Award is designed to recognize and encourage research contributions to the field […]


YFSF Special Session Update for Seattle 2022!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair Hello everyone! We hope you are as excited about the upcoming conference as we are! The prospect of finally being able to meet in person is fantastic—we can’t wait for you to see the lineup of speakers we are working on for the 27th Annual Young Forensic Scientists Forum […]


Odontology Section News—Upcoming Deadlines

Source: Denise Murmann, DDS,  AAFS Odontology Section Program Chair Historically, August 1 was the deadline for AAFS abstract submissions. That is no longer the case. The deadline is now September 1. The submission process is new as well. You can find submission guidelines HERE. At the bottom of that page is the link to the online abstract submission system. Another […]


Call for Abstracts for a Special Session

Source: Sandra B. Sachs, PhD, Criminalistics Section Chair The abstract deadline is fast approaching. Abstracts are due by September 1, so make sure you get them submitted in time so you don’t miss out! Within the Criminalistics scientific program next year in Seattle, we want to have a special session jointly with the Anthropology Section […]