American Board of Criminalistics Is Seeking Subject Matter Experts

The American Board of Criminalistics is looking for forensic examiners in all disciplines! This is an opportunity to be a volunteer subject matter expert for creating a new occupational analysis in efforts to redevelop the General Forensic Examination. If you are interested, please click HERE for more information.


Last Call for FSF Silent Auction Donations

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) conducts a Silent Auction at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. The FSF depends on donations from members, meeting attendees, and exhibitors for a successful auction. Please consider donating an item that would encourage lively bidding (author-signed books, apparel or coffee mugs with your agency logo, or other fun, forensic-related items). […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences: January 2018 Issue

Journal of Forensic Sciences © American Academy of Forensic Sciences Volume 63, Issue 1 Pages 1 – 349, January 2018 Table of Contents (pages 1–5) Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13646   The AAFS is excited to report that the e-migration of the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) launched with the January 2018 issue, […]


Remembering Carrie Whitcomb

Source:  Mark M. Pollitt, PhD The AAFS Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section has lost one of its most influential members — Retired Fellow Carrie Whitcomb — who passed away December 30, 2017. While there were many pioneers in digital forensics, Carrie was one person who played a pivotal role. Although she was no technical wizard, she […]


Academy Cup — Submit Your Questions Now!

Source:  Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair The modest Mentorship in Motion has grown into the go-for-the-roses Academy Cup. This anticipated event culminates in the presentation of the Academy Cup during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 21, at 8:00 a.m. Come early and be prepared for excitement, suspense, teamwork, […]


Best Chapter Awarded to Forensic Microbiology Authors

Source:  David O. Carter, PhD, Pathology/Biology Section Secretary The Forensic Science in Focus series is already starting to receive recognition throughout the forensic science community. Jared Castle, PhD student in the College of Science & Engineering at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, and co-authors Claire Lenehan, Stewart Walker, Danielle Butzbach, Paul Kirkbride, and Frank Reith, were […]


Academy Cup — A Quiz Game to Test Your Knowledge of the AAFS

The AAFS Academy Cup — which has grown from the modest Mentorship in Motion — will take place on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, before the Plenary Session. Teams meet at 8:00 a.m., an hour before the Plenary Session, for instructions and team strategy. The game will begin at 8:15 a.m. and consists of multiple-choice and […]


70th Annual Scientific Meeting Award Presentations

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in acknowledging your colleagues as they are presented and recognized for the following awards. AAFS Distinguished Fellow Honoree:  Virginia A. Lynch, MSN AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award:  Lavinia Iancu, PhD 2018 Section Award Honorees Anthropology Section’s T. Dale Stewart Award:  P. Willey, PhD J. Lawrence Angel […]


AAFS Annual Meeting Employment Forum & FEPAC University Fair

The AAFS will be hosting its 15th Annual Employment Forum and its 7th Annual University Fair during the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. The purpose is to provide employers and academic programs with the following: Employment Forum — a means for employers and applicants to meet, to exchange information, to conduct informal interviews, or to […]


AAFS IEOP 2018 — Destination Cuba Update

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, Director of Development & Accreditation Interest in the International Education Outreach Program (IEOP) for 2018 Destination Cuba remains high and current registration numbers indicate this will be among the best attended in IEOP history! I’m sure you’ve heard recent news concerning the changes to United States-Cuba regulations. I wanted to assure […]


FSF Warren-Young Scholarship Award Recipient

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the recipient of the Warren-Young Scholarship Award. Betty H. Davis, a teacher at Lanier High School in Jackson, MS, has been awarded $1,500 to assist in purchasing supplies, equipment, and books to teach concepts of forensic science as part of her school’s science curriculum. In addition, […]


FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Logan D. Hickey, BS, was awarded the 2017-18 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for his paper, Analysis of Problematic Controlled Substances by GC/MS Without Sample Preparation Using Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) With On-Fiber Derivatization. The award consists of:  $1,700, a plaque presented […]


AAFS Board of Directors Statement on the Opioid Crisis Response

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The following statement has been submitted to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/presidents-commission). The Board appreciates the work of the Synthetic Opioid Ad Hoc Committee in drafting the response and recommendations. STATEMENT OF THE AAFS BOARD OF DIRECTORS ON THE OPIOID CRISIS […]


ASB Response to NIST Request for Information on OSAC

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison Officer On August 30 of this year, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a Request For Information (RFI) on potential organizational changes to the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). NIST, along with the Department of Justice, established OSAC to facilitate development of sound […]


In Memoriam: Kurt M. Dubowski, PhD, AAFS Founding Member and Past President

It is with great fondness and reverence that we remember AAFS Founding Member and Past President, colleague and friend, Dr. Kurt M. Dubowski, who passed away Monday, October 23, in Oklahoma City at the age of 95. Dr. Dubowski was designated as an R.B.H. Gradwohl Laureate in 2011, the most prestigious honor of the American Academy […]


AAFS Board of Directors Response to NIST Request for Input on OSAC

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 AAFS President The following statement has been submitted in response to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) request for input on the future structure of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). STATEMENT OF THE AAFS BOARD OF DIRECTORS The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) […]


Attorney General Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division Wins FTC’s Partner Award for Outstanding Collaborative Work

  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that the Consumer Protection Division of his office was awarded the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Partner Award in recognition of outstanding work to combat fraud and deception in the marketplace. Jurisprudence Section Fellow Paul Singer serves as the Division Chief and accepted the award on its behalf. “We are […]


Advance Program Go Green Initiative

The publishing deadline for the AAFS 2018 Advance Program is fast approaching. Before we go to print, we would like you to consider whether or not you prefer a hard copy of the publication to be mailed to you. All program information will be available on the AAFS website the first week of November at […]


AAAS Multiorganization Letter on Immigration

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The AAFS has joined 85 other scientific organizations in signing a multisociety letter drafted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in which concerns are expressed with the recent proclamation issued by the White House on immigration and visas that further articulates extreme vetting […]