AAFS Fellow Dragan Primorac Awarded With the High State Decoration of the Order of Ante Starcevic

The President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, has presented Dragan Primorac with the high State decoration of the Order of Ante Starčević for his extraordinary achievements in the field of science, education, and politics, as well as for his contributions to the development of the Republic of Croatia. Prof. Primorac is one of […]


The Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) Seeks Your Support

Source: Sabra Botch-Jones, MS, MA, HHRRC Laboratory and Analysis Protocols Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (AAFS HHRRC) has seen incredible growth in support since its inauguration at the 2015 AAFS Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. The Center seeks to utilize the assets of the AAFS to promote the […]


General Section Call for Papers

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Chair As summer is finally here, it is time to start putting your abstracts together for the General Section program for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We are excited to review submissions for oral and poster presentations as well as breakfasts and workshop ideas. The General Section […]


The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) Applauds the Department of Justice for Creation of Forensic Laboratory Needs Technology Working Group (FLN-TWG)

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The CFSO praises the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Principal Deputy Director Dr. Howard Spivak for his comments at the American Society of Crime Lab Director’s 45th Annual Symposium on May 24 and his announcement regarding the Department of Justice (DOJ) formation of a Forensic Laboratory Needs […]


2019 AAFS Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 18-23, 2019, in Baltimore, MD, at The Baltimore Convention Center. The theme for the upcoming meeting is Diligence, Dedication, and Devotion. The deadline for abstract submission is August […]


2018-19 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2019-20 officers: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD President-Elect  (Toxicology) Carl R. McClary, BA Vice President  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Treasurer  (Anthropology) Ken Williams, MS, JD Secretary    (Criminalistics) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Betty Layne DesPortes (Chair), John Gerns, and […]


Complimentary AAFS Meeting Registration Awarded

As an incentive to attend the 2018 AAFS Annual Business Meeting, all Fellows and Members in attendance were automatically entered in a random drawing to receive a complimentary meeting registration to attend the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, February 18-23, 2019. Congratulations to Barbara Andree, MS, a Fellow of the Criminalistics Section — this year’s […]


2018-19 FSF Acorn and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Acorn Grants (up to $1,500) and Lucas Grants ($1,501-$6,000) are intended to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Submission Requirements: The following criteria will be considered in evaluating proposals […]


Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) FY2018 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program (COAP) Solicitation and Webinar on May 15, 2018

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice Please see the information below regarding the recently posted Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance “Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program FY 2018 Competitive Grant Announcement.” An informational webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences: May 2018 Issue

Journal of Forensic Sciences © American Academy of Forensic Sciences May 2018 / Volume 63, Issue 3 (pages 657-983) Table of Contents Version of Record Online: May 3, 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13648   Your May 2018 digital issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) is now available and is accessible via the links provided above. […]


Moving the JFS Forward

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences As reported at the 2018 AAFS Board of Directors Meeting, the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) recent process enhancements have resulted in significant improvements—including in the peer review turnaround time from initial submission to online publication. For example, the average turnaround time from original submission […]


Have You Paid Your 2018 AAFS Dues?

Effective May 1, members and affiliates whose 2018 dues are unpaid are now inactive. You may pay your 2018 dues and re-activate your Journal of Forensic Sciences subscription through your account portal until May 14. After that date, your account portal will no longer be accessible. Please call the AAFS office to pay your dues […]


Two NEW Exciting Features to Your JFS Digital Subscription

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences I am excited to inform you of two new features that have recently been added to your Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) Digital Subscription: Complete JFS PDF – Containing the FULL contents of each given issue and available for download via your AAFS Member Portal. Download instructions are available here. Features […]


70th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Follow-Up Survey Registration Winner Announced

Thanks to all meeting attendees who completed the 70th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Follow-Up Survey. Your comments and suggestions will assist the AAFS in continuing to provide top-notch educational opportunities for forensic specialists from all over the world. The survey went to more than 3,000+ meeting registrants with email addresses. Of that number, approximately 850 […]


Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following list of topics was suggested: Toxicology certification resources, guides, anecdotes, opportunities Skeletal trauma analysis Multidisciplinary workshop—death investigation, toxicology, pathology/biology Drugs and poisons, drugs of abuse, paraphenylenediamine […]


In Memoriam: Eric Buel, PhD

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-2019 President With great sadness and profound feelings of loss I am informing the AAFS membership that one of our colleagues, Eric Buel, who passed away on April 5, 2018, following a long battle with lymphoma. Eric, a Fellow of the Criminalistics Section, received the section’s Paul L. Kirk award in […]


ABA’s Ninth Annual Prescriptions for Criminal Justice Forensic Science Conference

Source: Carol Rose, ABA Criminal Justice Section The American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section’s Ninth Annual Prescriptions for Criminal Justice Forensic Science conference will be held May 31 and June 1, 2018, at the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. The Louis Stein Center is located at Fordham University School of Law, 150 […]


Thank You 2018 AAFS Annual Meeting Financial Supporters!

AAFS would like to thank the following financial supporters for their generous contributions that led to the success of the 2018 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 70th Annual Scientific Meeting: A & M Forensics and Engineering, Inc. supported the General Section Reception  Laurelanne Bundens supported the Anthropology Section Reception Agilent Technologies, Inc. supported the […]