AAFS’ GCFS’ Philanthropic Educational Outreach Collaborates With 32 Countries This Week in Partnership With the United States DOJ’s ICITAP

Sources: AAFS Global Collaboration of Forensic Scientists (GCFS) Co-Founders Barry Fisher, MS, MBA, and Laura Liptai, PhD, and International Affairs Committee Chair Peter T. Ausili, MS We can be proud of the Academy’s global educational philanthropic progress as another successful webinar concluded Wednesday, September 28, involving 251 scientists from 32 countries (Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, […]


Standards Checklists Now Online

Source: Sarah Kerrigan, PhD, Chair NIST-AAFS Presidential  ad hoc Committee Standards Checklists are now available for download on the Standards Resources and Training page of the AAFS website. These resources are being made available as part of a Cooperative Agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This partnership is designed to support implementation efforts and broaden awareness […]


Standards Checklists now Online

Source: Sarah Kerrigan, PhD. Chair NIST-AAFS Presidential Ad-Hoc Committee Standards Checklists are now available for download on the Standards Resources and Training page of the AAFS website. These resources are being made available as part of a Cooperative Agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This partnership is designed to support implementation […]


Student Affiliate and Trainee Affiliate Eligibility Requirements

Those with the temporary status of Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually to keep their membership active. Student Affiliates—If you are enrolled in a program relevant to forensic science, you are required to submit the annual Student Affiliate Eligibility Form, completed by your academic advisor. Masters and doctorate students in the Anthropology […]


Committee Corner—Diversity Outreach Committee

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS President-Elect The AAFS Diversity Outreach Committee (DOC) and Board of Directors (BOD) recognize the concerns of our LGBTQ+ members and we want to ensure our membership that we are committed to providing a safe and inclusive professional environment. The AAFS currently works with a firm to aid in […]


2022-23 FSF Student Travel Grant: October 15 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2023 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Conference in Orlando, FL. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary conference registration. This is a wonderful […]


National Forensic Science Week (September 18-24, 2022)

National Forensic Science Week recognizes the contributions that forensic science makes to the criminal justice system. It is an opportunity to celebrate academic programs, forensic professionals, and scientific research in the various forensic disciplines. Stay tuned for daily social media posts throughout the week promoting the importance of the Academy’s role in forensic science.


JFS Compiles Virtual Issue to Celebrate National Forensic Science Week

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences            National Forensic Science Week, formed in recognition of the important role that proper forensic science plays in the investigation of crimes throughout the nation, is September 18-24, 2022. To celebrate this important recognition, the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) leadership has compiled a virtual […]


Academy Aperçus—September 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 in March and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a senior member […]


AAFS Board Box—August 26

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The Executive Committee of the AAFS Board of Directors held their mid-year meeting on Thursday, August 25, 2022. The following items were discussed: 75th Anniversary celebration plans A review of our annual budget Our current fee structure Discussion of individuals nominated for awards Policy and Procedure Manual […]


Professional Affiliate Applications Coming Soon!

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President Professional Affiliate applications are coming soon! The AAFS Staff is hard at work developing the final version. For more information about this status, the requirements, and a list of FAQs, click HERE. If you are interested in applying for Professional Affiliate status, please email Cheryl Hunter (chunter@aafs.org) […]


Two New Forensic Firearm Examination Standards Added to the OSAC Registry of Approved Standards

Source: Rich Press, Acting Director of Media Relations, National Institute of Standards and Technology The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science has placed two new standards covering firearm and toolmark analysis, the forensic discipline used in the investigation of gun crimes, on its Registry of Approved Standards. This stamp of approval from OSAC, […]


Updated AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual Now Available

An updated AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual has been posted to the website HERE. The Table of Contents is linked to the appropriate pages for easy navigation. The following updates were approved by the 2022–23 Board of Directors: 1.1.4. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Statement—See https://www.aafs.org/article/aafs-board-box-amendment-aafs-deia-statement. 2.1. Classes of Members and Affiliates—Addition of new status “Professional Affiliate.” […]


Academy Aperçus—August 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 in March and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a senior member […]


Student and Trainee Affiliates—Annual Eligibility Coming Soon

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator Those with the temporary status of Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Student Affiliates—If you are enrolled in a program relevant to forensic science, you are required to submit the annual Student Affiliate Eligibility Form, completed by your academic advisor. Masters and doctorate students in the Anthropology […]


Are You Considering Promoting to Member or Fellow?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher membership status are encouraged to submit an application for promotion. Benefits of promoting to a higher membership status include: Members and Fellows are voting members and have an opportunity to have a voice in AAFS Bylaws, policies, decision-making, etc.; Fellows […]


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 […]


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 […]