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 […]


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Hosts New Jersey’s First Forensic Science Education Conference

Source: Jesse Jenkins, NJIT Office of Strategic Communications Teachers from around the United States recently convened to explore new ways to engage their students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning through the lens of forensic science at the conference, hosted June 27-29, through a collaboration between NJIT’s Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP), College of […]


Academy Aperçus—July 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 with the Jurisprudence Section and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a […]


AAFS Board Box—July 1

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The AAFS Board of Directors met on June 30, 2022, and discussed a variety of issues. Here are the highlights: Welcome to our new Board member representing Forensic Nursing Science: Jamie Ferrell. The 2023 conference in Orlando, FL, will NOT have a vaccination or negative PCR test […]


Committee Corner—Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee (MOAHC) Update

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, PhD, MOHAC Committee Chair The Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee (MOAHC) was created in 2020 to address Academy-wide aspects relating to membership, promotion, and engagement. In 2020, the MOAHC began by conducting a membership survey to gauge and prioritize areas of interest for the committee to work on. Areas for opportunity […]


2022-23 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, Assistant Director 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 […]


AAFS Announces 2022 Virtual Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers

Source: Nancy Jackson, FEPAC Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is holding a Forensic Science Educational Conferences (FSEC) Virtual Workshop for middle and high school teachers July 11-13, 2022. The goal of the FSEC—an outreach initiative of the AAFS—is to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers’ knowledge of […]


2022–23 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2022–23 officers: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD                  President                (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD       President-Elect       (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) Joanna L. Collins, MFS                […]


Academy Aperçus—June 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 with the Jurisprudence Section and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a […]


2022–23 FSF Field and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, Assistant Director Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Kenneth S. Field Grants (up to $1,500) and the Douglas M. 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 (AAFS). The […]


Committee Corner—Academy Standards Board (ASB) Update

Source: Julie Howe, MBA, ASB Chair Justice and equality are hallmarks of the AAFS. One of the overarching objectives stated in the AAFS Bylaws is to elevate the standards of forensic science. The ASB remains a crucial component of this effort by creating consensus-based standards that establish criteria of minimally accepted requirements to improve practice, […]