68th Annual Scientific Meeting Award Presentations


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AAFS Distinguished Fellow Honoree
The AAFS Distinguished Fellow Award will be presented on Wednesday, February 24, during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting. Join us in acknowledging your most distinguished colleague as he is presented with this prestigious award:

Douglas H. Ubelaker, PhD

AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award Honoree
The AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award will be presented on Wednesday, February 24, during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting. You’ll want to be present to congratulate recipient:

Cliff Akiyama, MPH, MA

2016 Section Award Honorees
Section Awards will be presented during Section Business Meetings, also on Wednesday, February 24. The Section Award recipients will be acknowledged again before the entire membership during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting along with the presentation of the Distinguished Fellow and the AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Awards.

Anthropology Section’s
T. Dale Stewart Award Bruce E. Anderson, PhD
J. Lawrence Angel Award Valda Black, MA
Ellis R. Kerley Foundation Best Paper Award Derek Congram, PhD
Service Award William M. Bass III, PhD
William R. Belcher, PhD
Ann H. Ross, PhD
Criminalistics Section’s
Paul L. Kirk Award Christopher R. Bommarito, MS
Mary E. Cowan Outstanding Service Award Marie Samples, MS
Meritorious Service Award Thomas A. Brettell, PhD
Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section’s
Outstanding Research Award Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar, PhD
Outstanding Case Study Award Thomas L. Murray, MS
Joseph Levi White, MS
Carrie Morgan Whitcomb Service Award Zeno J. Geradts, PhD
Engineering Sciences Section’s
Founders Award Peter Alexander, PhD
Kurt D. Weiss, MS
Andrew H. Payne, Jr., Special Achievement Award Mark C. Pozzi, MS
General Section’s
Robert Gaffney Achievement Award Catherine G. Rushton, MSFS
John R. Hunt Award Virginia A. Lynch, MSN
Paul W. Kehres Meritorious Service Award Richard D. Walter, MA
Odontology Section’s
Reidar F. Sognnaes Award of Excellence in Forensic Odontology Duane E. Spencer, DDS
Pathology/Biology Section’s
2015 Best Resident Paper Award Honorable Mention Melissa M. Blessing, DO
Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section’s
Maier I. Tuchler Award Christopher R. Thompson, MD
Toxicology Section’s
Alexander O. Gettler Award Mahmoud A. ElSohly, PhD
Rolla N. Harger Award J. Rod McCutcheon, BS
Ray Abernethy Award Robert Kronstrand, PhD
Irving Sunshine Award Erin A. Spargo, PhD
2016 AAFS Regional Award Winners
Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Mark Goff, BA
Southwestern Association of Toxicologists Heidi Christensen, BS

2015-16 FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Honorees
The FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award will be presented on Wednesday, February 24, during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting. The EFSA recipients are:

Whitney A. Simpson, BS and Federica Collini, MD

2015-16 FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship Recipient
The FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship will be presented on Wednesday, February 24, during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting.  Extend your congratulations to recipient:

Mithun Rajshekar, MFSc

2015-16 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Recipient
The FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant will be presented on Wednesday, February 24, during the Criminalistics Section Business Meeting.  Congratulations to recipient:

Sarah Riman, PhD