Monthly Archives: July 2022

2023 YFSF Special Session! Come one, come all!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, Young Forensic Scientists Forum Chair AAFS Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Chair Emily Rue and Co-Chair Paul Yount invite you to the YFSF Special Session at the 75th Anniversary Conference in Orlando, FL. The YFSF theme is Education, Training, and Experiences: The Ingredients to Make Science Work. The overall theme […]

Toxicology Section Call for Abstracts, Workshops, and Meeting Volunteers!

Source: Diane M. Boland, PhD, Section Program Chair Preparations are underway for the AAFS 75th Anniversary Conference in Orlando, FL, taking place February 13–18, 2023. The deadline for scientific submissions (abstracts and workshop proposals) is quickly approaching on August 1! AAFS President Laura Fulginiti has chosen the theme of “Science Works” for the upcoming meeting. […]

Forensic Nursing Science Section News—July 22, 2022

Source: Joyce P. Williams, DNP, Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair The deadline is closing for abstract submissions for oral, poster, case studies, and workshops. The Program Committee is actively seeking moderators for the sessions. If you can volunteer for a segment (usually 90 minutes), please contact Co-Chairs Kelly Berishaj ( or Janean Fossum ( Training […]

General Section Call for Section Nominations

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, General 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 2023. A list of officer responsibilities may […]

Digital & Multimedia Sciences News—Annual Conference Updates

Source: Patrick Eller, MS, Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section would like to remind everyone that abstract submissions are due August 1, 2022. We are looking for abstracts to fulfill a session of presentations related to the 75th Anniversary of AAFS. This section of presentations would present the […]

Call for Nominations for the Questioned Documents Section’s Ordway Hilton Award

Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Section Chair The Questioned Documents Section is currently accepting nominations for the Ordway Hilton Award. This purpose of this award is to recognize sustained superior contributions to the Questioned Documents Section, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and the forensic science community. The award is named in honor of Ordway […]

Forensic Nursing Science Section News

Source: Joyce P. Williams, DNP, Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair In an effort to provide important issues to our section members, we plan to publish articles that will illuminate national and international interest. We will also publish reports on the unique contributions of forensic nurses who have been engaged in the humanitarian missions associated with […]

A Snapshot of AAFS Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair Joyce P. Williams, DNP

As a young and eager nurse, the specialty of critical care was the perfect role this new graduate! Joyce Williams admits that she was challenged by caring for the patients who were experiencing life-threatening medical conditions, those recovering from complex surgeries, and the many others who had incurred traumatic injuries. However, after attending just two […]

Professional Liability Insurance: Is It Optional?

Source: David Griffith, Senior Vice President, Aon Affinity Health Care Division Events over the past two-plus years have made many nursing professionals reconsider whether they should continue to rely solely on their employer’s liability insurance to protect their ability to practice as a nurse, their financial wellbeing, and even their freedom. Whether due to the […]

Are You Prepared for an Active Shooter Incident?

Source: Cliff Akiyama, MA, MPH On the 4th of July, 2022, there were two highly publicized “active shooters,” one in Highland Park, IL, in which the 21-year-old shooter killed 7 and injured 40, who were all having a fun time, cheering and celebrating the 246th year of the birth of this nation. The second shooting […]

The Nurse Rodonda Vought Case—A Hospital Investigator’s Perspective

Source: Bruce Sackman, MA, Retired Investigator and Author No one has a greater appreciation for the profession of nursing than I. During a forty-plus-year career as an investigator specializing in medical center internal investigations, I have had the opportunity to work closely with some of the most professional, dedicated, and compassionate people on the planet. […]

In Memoriam—Robert G. Williams, DDS

Source: Robin Ainsworth, DDS, Odontology Section Chair It is with sadness we let you know that Dr. Robert (Bob) G. Williams (Retired Fellow, Odontology) passed away on July 1, 2022, at the age of 70.  Here are some thoughts from fellow forensic odontologists: “Bob was a tough nut . . . outspoken, opinionated, and did […]

AAFS Board Box—Amendment to AAFS DEIA Statement

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS President-Elect The AAFS Board of Directors voted to replace the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Statement of the AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual with a more comprehensive Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Statement. The Academy received early feedback during the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) re-accreditation […]

Committee Corner—Judicial Outreach ad hoc Committee (JOAHC)

Source: Daniel G. Martin, JD, JOAHC Chair AAFS President Laura Fulginiti initiated the Judicial Outreach ad hoc Committee (JOAHC) as part of her theme, Science Works. The purpose of the JOAHC is to liaise with judicial officers and attorneys in order to educate them about different areas of forensic science. Initially, as a means of […]

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Hosts New Jersey’s First Forensic Science Education Conference

Source: Jesse Jenkins, NJIT Office of Strategic Communications Teachers from around the United States recently convened to explore new ways to engage their students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning through the lens of forensic science at the conference, hosted June 27-29, through a collaboration between NJIT’s Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP), College of […]

Academy Aperçus—July 2022

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The Academy Aperçus is a monthly feature that celebrates 75 years of forensic science by spotlighting the history and anticipating the future of each section of the Academy. Beginning with the Jurisprudence Section and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a […]

Winnie Furnari Receives 2022 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award

Source: Belmont Business Media AAFS General Section Fellow Winnie Furnari, MS, was awarded the 2022 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, the Journal of Professional Excellence. This prestigious award, which is sponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is presented each year to recognize the distinguished career of a worthy individual who […]

AAFS Board Box—July 1

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The AAFS Board of Directors met on June 30, 2022, and discussed a variety of issues. Here are the highlights: Welcome to our new Board member representing Forensic Nursing Science: Jamie Ferrell. The 2023 conference in Orlando, FL, will NOT have a vaccination or negative PCR test […]

Presidential Spotlight—AAFS IEOP Summary

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) delegation to Croatia returned Sunday after a week of collaboration with our forensic science counterparts and touring the beautiful cities of Zagreb and Dubrovnik. Professor Dragan Primorac was our host during this extraordinary visit. Dragan is a long-time member of […]

Committee Corner—Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee (MOAHC) Update

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, PhD, MOHAC Committee Chair The Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee (MOAHC) was created in 2020 to address Academy-wide aspects relating to membership, promotion, and engagement. In 2020, the MOAHC began by conducting a membership survey to gauge and prioritize areas of interest for the committee to work on. Areas for opportunity […]