Peer Review Week 2021

Source: Michael A. Peat, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences      Peer Review Week is an annual, global event that celebrates the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality. Peer Review Week 2021 is September 20-24. It is dedicated to the theme of “Identity in Peer Review,” highlighting the role of personal and social […]

Resources for Students Pursuing a Forensic Science Career

This year’s National Forensic Science Week is September 19–25, 2021. With that in mind, the team at is highlighting a great Guide they published in honor of this week titled National Forensic Science Week 2021: An Expert’s Advocacy Guide. For this piece, Judge Stephanie Domitrovich, PhD, Sixth Judicial District of Pennsylvania, was interviewed. They […]

FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 4.3 Program Director

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies and Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a bachelor’s […]

Introducing the New AAFS My Account!

Source: Daniel Snapp, AAFS IT Systems Administrator The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is proud to introduce you to your new My Account page! Your new My Account page is a part of the AAFS effort to modernize and provide a new and exciting experience for our members. You will find all information associated with […]

Journal of Forensic Sciences Print-on-Demand (POD)

Source: Michael A. Peat, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences      In 2018, the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) underwent an e-migration from print to on-line only. This transition was successful, and we have continued to grow the readership of JFS with the help of our Publisher, Wiley. We have also increased the rate of submissions and, […]

Journal of Forensic Sciences Impact Factor Announcement

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences       I am delighted to announce that the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) had a 27% increase in its Impact Factor for the calendar year 2020. It increased from 1.441 for 2019 to 1.832 for 2020. My thanks and gratitude are extended to the JFS Editorial Board Members and JFS […]

Forensic Science Organization to Draft Standards for Sexual Assault Examinations

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST OSAC seeks qualified applicants for new forensic nursing subcommittee The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today that the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), which is administered by NIST, will launch a new subcommittee that will draft standards for collecting physical evidence […]

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 […]

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 […]

Journal of Forensic Sciences Update

Source: Michael A. Peat, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences     Thanks to the ongoing 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 2020 and 2021 to-date. Thank you to all who have contributed, […]

Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section—Joint Session With the Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Section for the 2022 Upcoming AAFS Meeting

Sources: Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar, PhD, and Joseph Levi White, MS, Program Committee Chair and Co-Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section and the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section are planning a joint interdisciplinary session for the upcoming 2022 AAFS meeting. Some ideas discussed include presenting case studies involving digital evidence and following up with related […]

Forensic Science Uniting Nations Educational Collaboration With the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Uzbekistan

Sources: Barry Fisher, MS, MBA, AAFS Past President, and  Laura Liptai, PhD, AAFS Secretary, Co-Chairs of the Forensic Science Uniting Nations The Forensic Science Uniting Nations (FS-UN) is holding its first educational collaboration with the United Nations. The Forensic Science Uniting Nations: (1) is dedicated to the production and distribution of scientific research and educational […]

Updated Policy and Procedure Manual Now Available

An updated AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual has been posted to the website. The Table of Contents is linked to the appropriate pages in order to ease the navigation. The 2021–22 Board of Directors approved the following: 4.3.1. Dues Billing—addition of language pertaining to reinstatement and late fees. 6.17. Young Forensic Scientists Forum—addition of language pertaining to […]

Remembering AAFS Gradwohl Laureate James E. Starrs

We are saddened to announce the passing of AAFS Retired Fellow James E. Starrs. Professor Starrs joined the Academy in 1976 when he was elected Provisional Member. He was promoted to Fellow in 1979 and subsequently served as Secretary and Chair of the Jurisprudence Section as well as numerous committees during his tenure with the […]

Did You Miss the Humanitarian and Human Rights Virtual Poster Session at AAFS?

Sources: Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, HHRRC Chair, and Jeri D. Roper-Miller, PhD, AAFS Past President and FTCoE Project Director This past February, the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted a virtual Humanitarian and Human Rights Poster and Networking Session at […]

NIST Publishes Review of DNA Mixture Interpretation Methods

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published DNA Mixture Interpretation: A Scientific Foundation Review. This draft report, which will be open for public comment for 60 days before being published in final form, reviews the methods that forensic laboratories use to interpret evidence containing a mixture of […]

Handwriting Examiners in the Digital Age

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST People are writing more than ever with their keyboards and phones, but handwritten notes have become rare. Even signatures are going out of style. Most credit card purchases no longer require them, and if they do, you can usually just scratch one out with your fingernail. The age-old […]

2021–22 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2022-23 officers:   Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD                    President                  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD                  President-Elect       (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD       Vice President          (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) Laura L. Liptai, PhD            […]