Recent News

Introducing Academy Connect

Source: Content Digitization ad hoc Committee The abstract submission process for the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, is nearly upon us! Based on our survey last year, the Academy will be launching a new program called Academy Connect that will provide a way for a small number of workshops to be recorded for […]


New Forensic Standard in Footwear and Tire Evidence From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ASB Technical Report 097, Terminology Used for Forensic Footwear and Tire Evidence, First Edition, 2019. This document is a compilation of terms commonly used in footwear and tire examination. This technical report is targeted for forensic science professionals […]


Associate Members and Members—Are You Ready to Promote?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator AAFS encourages Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher status to complete and submit an application for promotion. Please review the promotion requirements on the AAFS website at https://www.aafs.org/home-page/membership/student-affiliate-trainee-affiliate-or-associate-member/aafs-basic-membership-requirements/promotion-requirements/individual-section-requirements/ to determine if you are eligible. If you fulfill your section’s requirements for promotion, you may apply online by […]


Student and Trainee Affiliates—Watch for Your Eligibility Form in August

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator Those with the temporary status of Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Trainee Affiliates—Please review the section requirements for Associate Member on our website at www.aafs.org. If you meet the requirements as outlined by your section, you are required to submit an application for upgrade to […]


2019 Academy Meeting Highlights and Call for Papers for 2020 (YES! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!)

Source: Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Chair ABSTRACTS FOR THE 2020 ANNUAL MEETING ARE DUE BY MIDNIGHT ON AUGUST 1. There is no wiggle room. Please submit all abstracts for workshops, posters, and presentations via the AAFS website. If you have any questions, please contact your 2020 DMS Program Co-Chair Douglas White (douglas.white@nist.gov) or Section […]



Section News

2019 Academy Meeting Highlights and Call for Papers for 2020 (YES! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!)

Source: Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Chair ABSTRACTS FOR THE 2020 ANNUAL MEETING ARE DUE BY MIDNIGHT ON AUGUST 1. There is no wiggle room. Please submit all abstracts for workshops, posters, and presentations via the AAFS website. If you have any questions, please contact your 2020 DMS Program Co-Chair Douglas White (douglas.white@nist.gov) or Section […]


AAFS Policy Statements

Statement from the AAFS Board of Directors on the National Commission on Forensic Science

Source:  AAFS Board of Directors The American Academy of Forensic Sciences wholeheartedly commends its membership who provided expertise, wisdom, and guidance to the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) since its 2013 origin. There are 14 Commission Members, 3 Ex-Officio Members, and numerous sub-committee members who are also members of the Academy and the work […]


Annual Meeting News

Introducing Academy Connect

Source: Content Digitization ad hoc Committee The abstract submission process for the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, is nearly upon us! Based on our survey last year, the Academy will be launching a new program called Academy Connect that will provide a way for a small number of workshops to be recorded for […]


2020 AAFS Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 17-22, 2020, in Anaheim, CA, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The theme for the upcoming meeting is “Crossing Borders.” The deadline for abstract submission is August 1! Presenting […]


President's Messages

President’s Message—June 2019

Sources: Zeno Geradts, PhD, AAFS President and Jeri-Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President-Elect AAFS President Zeno Geradts and President-Elect Jeri Ropero-Miller traveled to São Paulo and Brasilia, Brazil, May 19–30, as part of a 22-member delegation for the International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) in Forensic Science. Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Nancy Jackson organized the trip in collaboration with the AAFS association academy, […]


President’s Message—April 2019

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, 2019-20 President 2020 AAFS Annual Meeting Theme: “Crossing Borders” I am honored to be elected President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. My first annual meeting was in 1996 in New York when I was invited to speak at a workshop. I was overwhelmed by the different topics and […]


AAFS News

Associate Members and Members—Are You Ready to Promote?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator AAFS encourages Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher status to complete and submit an application for promotion. Please review the promotion requirements on the AAFS website at https://www.aafs.org/home-page/membership/student-affiliate-trainee-affiliate-or-associate-member/aafs-basic-membership-requirements/promotion-requirements/individual-section-requirements/ to determine if you are eligible. If you fulfill your section’s requirements for promotion, you may apply online by […]


Student and Trainee Affiliates—Watch for Your Eligibility Form in August

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator Those with the temporary status of Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Trainee Affiliates—Please review the section requirements for Associate Member on our website at www.aafs.org. If you meet the requirements as outlined by your section, you are required to submit an application for upgrade to […]


2019–20 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2020–21 officers: Carl R. McClary, BA President-Elect  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Vice President  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD Treasurer  (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD Secretary    (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Susan Ballou (Chair), […]


Staff Corner

2019 Membership Dues Information

2019 Membership Dues Notices have been posted online and will be mailed shortly. All Student Affiliates and Trainee Affiliates must certify eligibility before a dues notice will be generated. You may login to your AAFS Account Portal to download a .pdf copy of your dues invoice or to make payment with a debit or credit card. […]


Associate Members and Members—Are You Eligible to Promote?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator AAFS encourages Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher status to complete and submit an application for promotion. Please review the promotion requirements on the AAFS website at https://www.aafs.org/home-page/membership/student-affiliate-trainee-affiliate-or-associate-member/aafs-basic-membership-requirements/promotion-requirements/individual-section-requirements/ to determine if you are eligible. If you fulfill your section’s requirements for promotion, you may apply online […]


AAFS Standards Board

New Forensic Standard in Footwear and Tire Evidence From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ASB Technical Report 097, Terminology Used for Forensic Footwear and Tire Evidence, First Edition, 2019. This document is a compilation of terms commonly used in footwear and tire examination. This technical report is targeted for forensic science professionals […]


ASB Documents Open for Public Comment

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB encourages all interested parties to provide comments on documents in progress. The following documents are available for Public Comment: ASB Best Practice Recommendation 012, Best Practice Recommendation for Articulating a Source Identification in Friction Ridge Examinations, First Edition (comment deadline, July 8, 2019) ASB Best Practice Recommendation 068, […]


YFSF News

Remember to Pre-Register for the 2019 YFSF Special Session (No Fee)!

Source:  Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee would like to remind all interested young scientists to pre-register for the YFSF Special Session, taking place on Tuesday, February 19, during the AAFS Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The Special Session is filled with presentations from prominent AAFS members, spanning […]


YFSF Abstract Submission Deadline is November 1!

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is still accepting abstracts for its poster sessions at the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The submission deadline is November 1! New this year—to submit an abstract to YFSF, you must log in to the AAFS portal (create […]


FSF News

20th Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Recipients Announced!

The 20th Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted during the AAFS Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The following presenters were selected as the 2019 winners by a panel of judges: Helen M. Brandt, MS – “An Examination of Pelvic Scarring as a Determinant of Sex” (A8/Anthropology) Carrie Polston, BA – “Assessing […]


2019-20 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 […]


FEPAC News

FEPAC Adopts Standards Changes for Undergraduate Programs

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.10 Review of Standards states that FEPAC is tasked with conducting ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards in order to verify that they evaluate educational quality and are relevant to […]


FEPAC 2019 Accreditation Decisions

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At its 2019 Annual Meeting in February, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) conducted reviews of forensic science programs that had applied for accreditation during the 2018 review cycle. The summary of accreditation actions taken by FEPAC are available online through the FEPAC website at […]