Monthly Archives: January 2022


Working Through COVID-19: Dealing With Work-Related Issues

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Vice President The New Jersey Office of Employee and Organization Development (OEOD) created a series of five articles as a resource for those working through COVID-19. The organization’s goal was to provide the informative materials as an essential role to increase awareness, encourage patience, support individuals, foster empathy, […]


HHRRC Awards to Support Global Humanitarian and Human Rights Efforts

Source: Dawnie Steadman, PhD, Chair of the AAFS Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center The Humanitarian and Human Rights Center (HHRRC) utilizes the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) expertise and other assets to promote research, training, and on-the-ground support of global humanitarian and human rights efforts. Funded collaboratively by the National Institute of Justice’s […]


Update on Standards Development Activities and Engagement

Source: ASB Sustainability ad hoc Committee: Sarah Kerrigan, PhD; Jeri Ropero Miller, PhD (Chair); Lucy A. Davis, BHS; Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD; Jennifer C. Love, PhD; Julie A. Howe, MBA: Jennifer F. Limoges, MS; Christopher (Kip) R. Thompson, MD; C. Kenneth (Ken) Williams, MS, JD The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) founded the first […]


In Memory of Senior Forensic Document Examiner Elizabeth Gil

Source: John J. Ross, Jr., MFS, Homeland Security Investigations Forensic Laboratory Unit Chief The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Forensic Laboratory mourns the passing of AAFS Questioned Documents Section Associate Member and Senior Forensic Document Examiner Elizabeth “Lisa” Gil. Lisa fought a courageous battle with cancer and was surrounded by her family when she passed on […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—January 2022

Source: Sebastien S. Prat, MD, Section Secretary Please find below the most recent updates pertaining to the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section, including: Eleanor Vo Annual Conference Diversity Outreach Committee Educational Activities Upcoming Conferences Recent Publications in the Journal of Forensic Sciences   Dr. Eleanor Vo I would like to start by acknowledging the memory […]


President’s Spotlight—Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section

Source: Marcus Rogers, PhD, Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Board Representative We have been presenting presidential spotlights from the Academy sections 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 […]


Working Through COVID-19: Recognizing Signs of Stress in Yourself and Others

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Vice President The New Jersey Office of Employee and Organization Development (OEOD) created a series of five articles as a resource for those working through COVID-19.  The organization’s goal was to provide the informative materials as an essential role to increase awareness, encourage patience, support individuals, foster empathy, […]


Toxicology Section Update

Source: Sabra Botch-Jones, MS, Section Chair With the 2022 Annual Conference only one month away, there are a few things members of the AAFS Toxicology Section need to know. The first ever AAFS hybrid meeting will be held February 21-25, 2022 in Seattle, WA or a device of your choice! We are excited to announce […]


Working Through COVID-19: Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic as a Traumatic Event

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Vice President The New Jersey Office of Employee and Organization Development (OEOD) created a series of five articles as a resource for those working through COVID-19.  The organization’s goal was to provide the informative materials as an essential role to increase awareness, encourage patience, support individuals, foster empathy, […]


Toxicology Section Officer Nominations

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Nominating Committee The nominating committee consisting of Sherri Kacinko, Nick Tiscione, and Doug Rohde have unanimously agreed to the following 2022 nominations:         Section Chair—Madeleine Swortwood         Section Secretary—Amanda Mohr         Awards and Scholarship Committee—Jennifer Colby We look forward to seeing everyone at the February […]


AAFS President’s Editorial Now Available in JFS

Source:  Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences       We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) has published a President’s Editorial submitted by AAFS President Carl R. McClary. The Editorial, Moving into the fast lane–AAFS, JFS, and our modern forensic world, covers the following topics: Our Digital Footprint […]


CFSO Forensic SDO Legislation Update

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The long-term goal of any program is to ensure that a federal grant/program is authorized and appropriated. If authorized, then the program/grant will have a better chance of being put into the annual President’s budget submission to Congress each year. An authorization will establish, continue, or modify […]


Are You Interested in Serving on AAFS Committees?

Matthew R. Wood, PhD, Committee Nominations ad hoc Committee Chair Are you interested in becoming more involved in the leadership and future of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)? Have you wanted to participate in important AAFS committees, but you weren’t sure how? AAFS is pleased to announce another exciting enhancement to the membership […]


President’s Spotlight—General Section

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, General Section Board Representative During the year, we have been presenting presidential spotlights from the Academy sections 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 […]