Nicholas Passalacqua Honored With AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award

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Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, Past Presidents Council Chair and Kimberly Wrasse, AAFS Assistant Director

           Nicholas V. Passalacqua, PhD

The AAFS Past Presidents Council is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Nicholas V. Passalacqua, PhD, a Fellow in the Anthropology Section. The award will be acknowledged during the virtual AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in February. Dr. Passalacqua will receive $1,000 and a commemorative plaque. In addition, the Academy will pay the basic meeting registration for him to attend the virtual 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. Since the 2021 meeting will be conducted in a virtual format, the AAFS Board of Directors has agreed that the following components will be extended to Dr. Passalacqua for the following meeting in Seattle 2022: coach airfare, hotel accommodations, and per diem reimbursement.

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.

Dr. Passalacqua is an associate professor and the director of the forensic anthropology program at Western Carolina University. He completed his PhD in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2012 and was certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology in 2016.

Dr. Passalacqua is a co-founder and the current Editor-in-Chief of the journal Forensic Anthropology. He is also currently the Vice President of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, the Chair of the Anthropology Consensus Body of the Academy Standards Board, and a Member of the Anthropology subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees.

Dr. Passalacqua co-authored the award-winning textbook: Forensic Anthropology: Current Methods and Practice, as well as the books: Ethics and Professionalism in Forensic Anthropology, and A Laboratory Manual for Forensic Anthropology. Dr. Passalacqua also has numerous publications in such journals as: Forensic Anthropology, The American Journal of Physical Anthropology, The International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, and The Journal of Forensic Sciences, as well as chapters in such books as: Skeletal Trauma Analysis: Case Studies in Context, The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, Age Estimation of the Human Skeleton, and A Companion to Forensic Anthropology.

Congratulations, Dr. Passalacqua!