Executive Committee (a.k.a. Academy Holiday Merriment Elves) December 2020 Wishes

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To all Academy Members, a very sincere thank you for your dedication to society, your work, your Academy volunteering and support, and perseverance during 2020 and all the challenges we have had to overcome. Our professions have asked a great deal of us while we have also had to “be present” for our family, friends, colleagues, and the “greater each other.” We are so looking forward to our 73rd Annual Meeting in nine short weeks. All your contributions are clearly making it a meeting to remember. Don’t be left out, register today. Peace and Good Tidings in 2021!

~President Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD (Toxicology)


Season’s Greetings! As we approach year’s end, we undoubtedly reflect on the adversities that it has brought, but also on our appreciation that has deepened for the things that keep us thriving, including the love and support of family, friends, and colleagues. Thank you for your support of our Academy and may you have a joyous holiday season. Be safe and well!

~President-Elect Carl R. McClary, MS (Questioned Documents)


Happy Holidays Everyone!

We have had a tumultuous year full of transition, dramatic change to our life habits, and uncertainty. The Academy has tried to adapt quickly to the challenges presented, to questions posed by you, and to recreate ourselves at a critical juncture in our development. Thank you for your patience, support, and ongoing enthusiasm for the AAFS. We appreciate it more than you know.

~Vice President Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD (Anthropology)


I hope everyone has a great holiday season, or at least as great as it can be during a pandemic surge. Please try your best to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. The AAFS staff and leadership truly appreciate all you do for the organization, particularly in these challenging times.

~Secretary Christopher (Kip) R. Thompson, MD (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science)


Colleagues and Friends,

This year, 2020, has been unlike any other in our 72-year history.  As an organization, we have dealt with a global epidemic, civil unrest within our nation, planning a virtual annual meeting, and a difference of opinion that led to internal division. However, we are resilient, we are united, and together we shall embrace the coming of a new year with continued hope for a better and brighter 2021.  Happy holidays and stay safe!

~Treasurer C. Ken Williams, MS, JD (Criminalistics)


Here’s wishing the entire AAFS membership and staff a HAPPY, JOLLY, and HEALTHY holiday season and good riddance to 2020! All the best for 2021 … may we see each other’s smiles and shake hands again soon

~Joanna L. Collins, MFS (General)


Best of the Holiday Season to all AAFS members and AAFS staff! I hope everyone gets a chance to “re-charge their batteries,” spend time with friends, loved ones, and family (even if it is virtual), and we look forward to 2021. Stay happy and healthy!

~Marcus Rogers, PhD (Digital & Multimedia Sciences)