Monthly Archives: December 2021


The American SIDS Institute Solicits Letters of Intent for Research Grants—Deadline March 1, 2022

The American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Institute invites qualified investigators to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for a research grant related to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). Applicants must have a faculty appointment or the equivalent at a United States-based university, hospital, research institution, or medical examiner office. Topics of interest include, but […]


Passing of Dr. Paula Brumit

Source: Robin Ainsworth, DDS, MS, Odontology Section Secretary It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Dr. Paula Brumit passed away last Friday, December 17, 2021. Dr. Brumit’s contributions to forensic odontology were considerable. Dr. Brumit was actively engaged in both the American Board of Forensic Odontology and the American Academy of […]


2022 General Section Officer Nominations

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary The nominating committee consisting of Paul Kish, William Andrews, and T.L. Williams completed their review of the nominees for 2022 General Section Officers and unanimously agreed to the following 2022 nominations:         Section Director—Claire Shepard         Section Chair—Melissa Connor         Section Secretary—Brian Janysek We look […]


Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) FY22 Budget Brief

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Vice President Congress has passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through February 18, 2022. It is unclear at this moment if the FY22 budget will eventually pass, or if there will be a year-long continuing resolution. Either way, the House and Senate have both published […]


Toxicology Section Update!

Source: Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, Section Chair The 2022 American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual conference is less than two months away! We are excited to return to a more “normal” meeting with the upcoming hybrid meeting, where we can interact with friends and colleagues, attend fantastic scientific sessions, and celebrate the 2022 section awardees. […]


The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Wants You!

The FSF Board of Trustees has three to five positions to fill in February.  Trustees serve a four-year term and contribute to the health and development of the FSF by serving on a minimum of two FSF subcommittees that promote education, grants, scholarships, and awards. Most AAFS affiliates and members are eligible. Per the FSF […]


2021-22 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Teresa Tiedge has been awarded the 2021-22 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Understanding the Stability of eDNA from Four Biological Taxa and Their Association With Soil and Dust Evidence. The grant consists of $1,850, a plaque, complimentary meeting […]


FEPAC Accepting Accreditation Applications for 2022/2023 Consideration

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, FEPAC Accreditation Coordinator The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is currently accepting applications for forensic science, forensic digital evidence, and crime scene investigations programs for review during the 2022 review cycle. FEPAC’s primary mission is to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation […]


CFSO Update on Recently Signed Infrastructure Bill

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Vice President The focus of the Consortium of Forensic Science Organization (CFSO) is specifically on Forensic Science. Significant legislation sometimes moves in Congress, such as H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, that are not specifically a forensic science focus. There are perhaps things in this bill […]