The AAFS Application Deadline Is Fast Approaching—October 1

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator As a reminder, the deadline to submit your application for new member, upgrade, or promotion is Tuesday, October 1. If you are waiting on references before you submit your application, please go ahead and submit your application while you work on securing your references. Your application must be on file […]


News From NIST: A Safer Way to Test Drug Evidence

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST For police and forensic chemists, opening a bag of suspicious powder that might contain fentanyl can be dangerous because of the risk of accidental inhalation. More of the powder becomes airborne than one might think. Scientists at The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated the […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Digital Subscription—Access Instructions and Additional Features

A Digital Subscription to the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) will be provided complimentary to AAFS Trainee Affiliates, Associate Members, Members, and Fellows as part of your 2020 annual membership dues payment. Student Affiliates without an application on file to upgrade may purchase a 2020 JFS Digital Subscription at a reduced rate of $45/year (six […]


U.S. House of Representatives Hearing—Final Testimony and Video Available

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, CFSO Liaison On September 9, 2019, AAFS member Matthew Gamette had the honor of testifying on behalf of the Academy before the Science, Space, and Technology Committee concerning advancements in forensic science since the 2009 National Academy of  Sciences (NAS) Report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, […]


Changes in JFS On-Line Appearance

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences After consultation with the AAFS Board of Directors (BOD) and Wiley, a decision has been made to implement an online advertising program in the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS). The AAFS BOD formally approved this action after the August 2019 AAFS Executive Committee Meeting. Many […]


U.S. House of Representatives Hearing Scheduled for September 10

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller , PhD, AAFS President-Elect The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will be hosting a hearing entitled, Raising the Bar: Progress and Future Needs in Forensic Science, on Tuesday, September 10, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Saving Time). This hearing will be streamed live and AAFS members […]


A New Association Academy: The Cuban Society of Legal Medicine

The AAFS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has accepted the Cuban Society of Legal Medicine as the third official “Association Academy.” The purpose of “Association Academies” is to initiate a relationship between AAFS and another professional organization located outside the United States. This association is especially exciting as the original concept […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Update

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences Thanks to the efforts of the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) leadership team, we continue to grow our scientific recognition and improve our performance metrics. Included below are summaries of the key achievements during 2018 and 2019 to-date. Thank you to all who have contributed, […]


FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Forensic Science Standards Updates

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.11 Review of Standards, FEPAC is tasked to conduct ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards to verify they adequately evaluate educational quality and are relevant to the education needs of […]


Pathology/Biology Section News—July 2019

Source: Chris Milroy, MD, LLB, Section Chair There is still time to complete Dr. William (Billo) Oliver’s survey! As mentioned in the June 2019 Pathology/Biology Newsfeed, Billo is conducting another salary survey. I encourage all forensic pathologists/medical examiners to take the survey. The link is available at: http://www.forensicpath.biz/survey; click on “2019 Salary Survey.” Please note […]


Introducing Academy Connect

Source: Content Digitization ad hoc Committee As we approach our abstract submission deadline, please note 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 later access online via video on demand. These recordings will most likely be a […]


2020 IAFS 22nd Triennial Meeting Announcement

Source: Professor Claude Roux, PhD, FRSN, President, International Association of Forensic Sciences, 2017-2020 The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) will be hosting the 22nd Triennial Meeting of IAFS (IAFS 2020) in conjunction with the 25th Symposium of Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia, September 21–25, […]


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), […]


FSAB Seeking Nominations for Director Positions

Source:  Bruce A. Goldberger, PhD, FSAB President The Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB) has several openings for Director and Public Director. Directors must be certificate holders of an FSAB accredited board and Public Directors are non-certificate holders of an FSAB accredited board. Experience with certification and/or accreditation is particularly desirable. Please note that FSAB Directors […]


11th ISABS Conference a Huge Success!

Sources: Zeno Geradts, PhD, AAFS President, and Dragan Primorac, MD, PhD, AAFS International Affairs Committee Chair Founded by Dragan Primorac, the 11th International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS) Conference, which is an association academy of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), had a very successful meeting in Split, Croatia, June 17–22. In partnership […]


Diversity Matters

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Diversity Outreach Chair The popularity of the AAFS Diversity Outreach Committee is ever-increasing with dozens of eager members expressing their interest in contributing and serving. Appointments to this important Committee are for one year and although space on the Committee is limited, every member of the Academy is welcome to […]


Wellness at Work Survey

Sources: Helen Alesbury, MA, and Justin Goldstein, MA, Anthropology Section Student Affiliates While there exist numerous studies into the mental health and vicarious trauma of first responders and emergency workers, there are very few that look at the unique stresses of working in medicolegal death investigation and forensic sciences. Working in a medical examiner or […]