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The AAFS Past Presidents Council is pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award to Cliff Akiyama, MPH, MA, a Fellow in the General Section. The award will be presented by the Chair of the Past Presidents Council on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, during the Annual Business Meeting of the AAFS. Mr. Akiyama will receive a check for $1,000 and a commemorative award. In addition, the Academy will pay the expenses of Mr. Akiyama’s attendance at the annual meeting where the award is presented, including registration, coach airfare, lodging while in attendance at the annual meeting not to exceed five nights, and up to $75 per diem.
The criteria for the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award are: (1) the recipient shall be an Associate Member, Member, or Fellow of the AAFS; (2) the recipient shall have been eligible for the status of Associate Member of the Academy no more than ten (10) years prior to their nomination; and, (3) the recipient shall have demonstrated both leadership and outstanding achievement through contributions that have served to advance forensic science and its application to the legal system in a manner that promotes professionalism, integrity, competency, education, research, practice, and collaboration.